• Popular Hotel Booking Websites Might Have Exposed Customer Data

    Chances are if you’ve booking a hotel online before, you might have used popular platforms like Hotels.com, Expedia, and Booking.com. Unfortunately, it seems that if you have used either of these platforms, your data might have been exposed as a result of a massive data breach that has affected these platforms.

    Now, it isn’t so much the platforms themselves that leaked the data, but rather the software that they use to power their websites. The software in question is called Cloud Hospitality that was stored on a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket. Due to the misconfiguration, over 10 million log files dating back to 2013 was exposed.

    These logs are rather damaging because apparently, they contain personal identifiable information, which could be used to create fake accounts online, steal credit card information, and more. It could also potentially be used to hijack a reservation to steal someone else’s vacation

  • The Genome of Your Pet Fish Is Extremely Weird

    Humans have domesticated a large number of animals over their history, some for food, some as companions and protectors. A few species—think animals like rabbits and guinea pigs—have partly shifted between these two categories, currently serving as both food and pets. But one species has left its past as a food source behind entirely. And, in another rarity, it ended up serving not so much as a companion but as a decoration.

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    We’re talking goldfish here, and we’ve now gotten a look at their genome. And it’s almost as weird as the fish themselves are.

    It’s worth stopping for a moment to consider just how weird they are within the realm of domestication. They started out just as slightly

  • Amazon’s new rewards program gives frequent delivery drivers easier access to work

    Amazon is rolling out a new rewards program that gives its Flex delivery drivers easier access to shifts based on the amount of work they’ve done for the company. A spokesperson from Amazon confirmed to CNBC that the Flex Rewards program is in its early stages, but is being rolled out to all drivers in the US. As well as access to shifts, the program also includes access to a cash back debit card, as well as discounts and financial services.

    Launched in 2015 and now available in over 50 cities across the US, Amazon Flex is a service that allows freelance drivers to sign up for shifts to deliver Amazon or Whole Foods orders. According to CBNC, the new rewards program could incentivize drivers to complete more orders for Amazon, rather than splitting their time with other gig economy services like Uber and Instacart.

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  • Talented artist creates leather accessories of insects that are super lifelike

    Leather accessories have always been symbols of status. Often, people wear them to bring attention to themselves.

    Japanese artist Amanojaku to Hesomagari is taking things up a notch.

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    They’ve been creating bags, pouches, bracelets, and other accessories in the likeness of animals. However, the one that has set the internet on fire is their insects collection which almost resembles the actual critters.

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    Just take a look at these!

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    If you’re looking for a cure for entomophobia, perhaps these leather accessories are perfect for you.

     
    Oh, quit being a flea bag. IMAGE: amaheso.

    In an interview with Bored Panda, the artist said that before deciding to become an artist, they had studied cognitive neuropsychology at graduate school.

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    However, the artist taught themselves sewing and was drawn to the animal kingdom.

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    “There are so many unknown