U.S. Customs computer outage causes delays at some airports

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computer outage lasting about four hours hit several U.S. airports on Monday, causing long lines and delays at immigration checks as thousands of travelers returned from New Year’s holidays, the agency said.

“At this time, there is no indication the service disruption was malicious in nature,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

The delay hit from about 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time (2200 GMT to 0200 GMT Tuesday) and all airports are back on line, the statement from spokeswoman Jennifer Evanitsky said.

Airports in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston and Atlanta were affected, local airport officials said.

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Humanity Road is looking for volunteers

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Humanity Road Volunteer Opportunities

Humanity Road delivers disaster preparedness and response information to the global mobile public before, during, and after a disaster. Providing aid information helps individuals survive, sustain, and reunite with each other and with their pets. Humanity Road strives to close the disaster communications gap through process improvement, collaboration, partnerships, education and training.

Volunteers monitor emerging events; slow moving natural disasters and natural calamities, such as floods or typhoons and fast moving events such as an earthquakes or tornadoes. The team of global volunteers employ social media to monitor the online chatter associated with disaster events.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

This year has been an incredibly busy time for disasters and many of you have spread your wings to the challenge! There are many volunteer opportunities and some exciting project work coming up.

Please read through the volunteer opportunities and join to assist. Thanks in advance for the gift of your time and in volunteering your skills for disaster response.

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Edward Snowden on passwords: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

An important reminder in these times of massive cyber attacks.

John Oliver and Edward Snowden talk password security.

Do you know what you agree to when you download an app on your smartphone?

The biggest risk to you and your company’s privacy is your smartphone.

Some of the most popular apps on your smartphone ask for permissions that expose data to outside sources. We asked people on the street to read some of these permissions out loud so we could capture their reactions.

Take control of your privacy.