Check here if you think LulzSec has hacked into your EA and other personal account details
Malaysia-based web designing company Dazzlepod has developed an online tool that will help users find out whether former hacking group LulzSec has compromised their private online information.
The online tool goes through more than 550,000 accounts which include gaming, hacking and governmental organizations.
The following list covers usernames and passwords of users playing Battlefield Heroes Beta, which became LulzSec’s final target before dissolving.
The list by Dazzlepod, however, can prove to be dangerous as it has listed various emails and usernames that can be compromised by hackers anytime, ITProPortal reported.
Click here to find if your account has been compromised.
Obama to unveil $12 billion community college plan
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will unveil a $12 billion initiative on Tuesday to boost community colleges and propel the United States toward his goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, administration officials said.
The 10-year program, which he will announce during a visit on Tuesday afternoon to Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, includes a new goal of graduating an additional 5 million students from community colleges over the next decade, double the current number of expected graduates.
Education is the often-forgotten third pillar of Obama's economic plan and has received far less attention than the other two -- healthcare reform and renewable energy.
In a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in February, Obama warned that the fastest growing fields of employment required more than a high school diploma, while only about half the U.S. population had graduated from high school.
He urged Americans to commit to at least one year of higher education or career training and set a goal of having the United States lead the world in proportion of college graduates by the year 2020.
Obama's Council of Economic Advisers issued a report on the future of the U.S. job market on Monday that was aimed at bolstering the case for more higher education.
Well-trained and highly-skilled workers will be best positioned to secure high-wage jobs, thereby fueling American prosperity, the report said.
Occupations requiring higher educational attainment are projected to grow much faster than those with lower education requirements, with the fastest growth among occupations that require an associate's degree or a post-secondary vocational award, it said.
Community colleges are two-year schools that generally grant associate degrees or training certificates. The annual cost of attendance is around half that of public four-year colleges and universities.
There are more than a thousand community colleges in the United States with more than 6 million students enrolled. Nearly half a million students graduate from community colleges annually.
Deputy Undersecretary of Education Bob Shireman said $9 billion of the funds Obama proposes to spend will go mainly for challenge grants awarded on a competitive basis to encourage community colleges to propose and launch innovative new programs.
Some of the $9 billion would fund programs to address the problem of students dropping out of college.
James Kvaal, special assistant to the president for education policy, said $2.5 billion would be used as seed money to generate $10 billion in renovation and construction at community colleges.
Another $500 million would be used to develop online courses and materials to improve student learning, including artificial intelligence tutoring and multimedia courses, Kvaal said.
(Editing by Eric Walsh)
Aliens to be found in 20 years, will look like humans, says top Russian scientist
Humanity wouldn't have to wait too long before encountering the aliens, says a top Russian scientist. Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute, said extra-terrestrial life can be found in two decades, according to Reuters.
The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms ... Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years, Finkelstein said on Monday, speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. He remarked that 10 percent of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.
If water can be found outside of earth, finding life elsewhere isn't impossible, Finkelstein added.
Aliens will resemble humans in features, the scientist said, adding that they will simply have two arms, two legs and a head although they might differ from humans with respect to skin color.
Finkelstein's institute runs a program launched in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War space race to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space.
The whole time we have been searching for extraterrestrial civilizations, we have mainly been waiting for messages from space and not the other way, he said.
Term 'extra-terrestrial life' refers to a hypothetical range of life starting from simple bacteria-like organisms to sapient beings which are far more advanced than humans. According to scientific research, celestial bodies with potential capacity to sustain life include Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Moons of Jupiter - Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa, and Moons of Saturn-Titan, and Enceladus.
Failure of SETI program (Search for extraterrestrial intelligence- collective name for a number of activities people undertake to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life) to announce an alien radio signal from outer space had partially dimmed hopes of humans' encounter with life forms outside earth.
Though Russian scientists haven't provided a radio signal as proof for their claims, the observation will definitely rejuvenate the dying interest in alien exploration.
Madoff moving to federal prison
NEW YORK - Swindler Bernard Madoff was temporarily moved to a prison in Atlanta from New York and was in transit to yet another facility on Tuesday, a U.S. official said.
A spokeswoman at the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Madoff had left Atlanta and was in transit after U.S. prison records showed that the disgraced financier was taken to the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, from his New York jail cell.
Prison officials in New York and Washington declined comment on reports by the Wall Street Journal and CNBC that Madoff was going to serve his effective life term at a medium security prison in Butner, North Carolina. The prison is an eight-hour drive from New York.
He was sentenced on June 29 to a total of 150 years on several criminal charges, including securities fraud, money laundering and perjury for a Ponzi scheme amounting to as much as $65 billion. A Ponzi scheme is one in which early investors are paid with money from new clients.
The Bureau web site, www.bop.gov/, which provides locations of inmates, listed his full name Bernard Lawrence Madoff, his prison number 61727-054, age 71, race, gender, projected release date of November 14, 2139 and location of the Atlanta prison.
The release date, which is academic in Madoff's case, automatically reflects a 20-year reduction for good behaviour.
On Monday, a spokesman for the Manhattan Correctional Centre, which is next door to the courthouse where Madoff confessed to his crimes in front of defrauded investors, said Madoff had left that jail but could not provide details.
Madoff spent the last four months in the jail after pleading guilty in March.
Madoff's lawyer had asked that his client be incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, a medium-security prison about 70 miles northwest of New York City, but the final decision is made by the prisons bureau.
Madoff will wear prison-issued clothing, initially be in isolation and then have a cell mate, according to those who have served time in the U.S. system. He will earn pennies doing menial jobs.
(Reporting by Grant McCool; Editing by Derek Caney and Matt Daily)
Tyson GayU.S. sprinter Tyson Gay in 2009 ran an American record of 9.69 seconds, the second-fastest time in history behind Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt?s world-record 9.58 seconds. While he did not medal in the 100-meter race this year, as he was edged out by fellow U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, Gay will be taking part in the men's 4x100-meter relay.
David OliverWhile David Oliver, 30, fell short of making the Olympics hurdling team this year, finishing in 5th place in the 110 meter trials, he claimed a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is a three-time U.S. champ. He was undefeated in 2010, winning 18 consecutive races, and he ran a personal best of 12.89 seconds, the third-best time in the event?s history, that same year. Oliver graduated from Howard University, where he was a football player.
On Sunday, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the 100-meter dash in 9.63 seconds, and set an Olympic record as the only man to win consecutive gold medals in the track and field event at two Summer Games.
Quite aside from their extraordinary physical accomplishments, these world-class athletes are admired for their amazing physiques. Usain Bolt's teammate, world champion Yohan Blake, for example, is considered one of the hottest male athletes in track and field. There are many few others who are known not only for how fast they run on the field, but also for how chiseled their bodies are.
Here is a list of the hottest male track and field competitors who have been part of these Olympic games.