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New video seems to challenge singer’s claim of antisemitism at German hotel

New footage published by the German newspaper Bild raised questions Sunday about an Israeli-German musician’s claim that he was refused service at a hotel for wearing a Star of David necklace. In security footage from the hotel in Leipzig, the necklace does not appear to be visible around Gil Ofarim’s neck. Ofarim posted a video…

New footage published by the German newspaper Bild raised questions Sunday about an Israeli-German musician’s claim that he was refused service at a hotel for wearing a Star of David necklace.

In security footage from the hotel in Leipzig, the necklace does not appear to be visible around Gil Ofarim’s neck.

Ofarim posted a video to social media earlier this month, in which he accused the Westin Leipzig hotel of denying him service because he was wearing a Star of David necklace. The video, which he titled “Antisemitism in Germany 2021” in all capital letters, went viral, with antisemitism watchdogs and others sharing it widely.

“I am speechless,” Ofarim said in the video, in which he can be seen clearly wearing the Star of David pendant.

German media outlets, however, reported Sunday that police have “serious doubts” about Ofarim’s account and that surveillance footage from the hotel appears to shows he did not have a Star of David around his neck when he tried to check into the hotel.

Additionally, the Bild newspaper reported that while giving a statement to police, Ofarim stated that he did not remember whether he was wearing the Star of David chain at the time, even though in his Instagram video he claimed he was.

After waiting in line to check in, Ofarim said he asked why others who arrived after he had were admitted before he was. According to Ofarim, another customer replied telling him to “take off the star.” At least one employee then told Ofarim that he needed to remove the pendant to get service, the singer said.

The employee, described by Ofarim as the “manager at the check-in counter,” and whom he identified only as “Mr. W.,” said to him: “Put away your star [of David.]”

Ofarim, who appeared visibly distraught, said he has been wearing the star his “whole life.”

At least 600 people, some of them carrying signs with a Star of David and the Muslim crescent, showed up at the hotel that night, Leipziger Zeitung reported. The protesters accused the hotel staff of antisemitism.

A spokesperson for Westin Leipzig, which is of the Marriott multinational company, at the time told DPA, a German publication, that the hotel was “deeply concer

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Solana Attack: Slope Is to Blame; Sam Bankman Extends Support

Following yesterday’s attack on the Solana ecosystem, information is now emerging suggesting wallet provider Slope is primarily to blame for the security flaw that allowed thousands of Solana customers to have their cryptocurrency stolen. Slope is a layer-1 (L1) Web3 wallet service for the Solana blockchain…

Following yesterday’s attack on the Solana ecosystem, information is now emerging suggesting wallet provider Slope is primarily to blame for the security flaw that allowed thousands of Solana customers to have their cryptocurrency stolen. Slope is a layer-1 (L1) Web3 wallet service for the Solana blockchain…
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Solana and Slope Confirm Wallet Security Breach

Key Takeaways Solana has confirmed that addresses affected by today’s security breach were created or used within the Slope wallet. Slope also published an official statement on the situation, noting that it will provide a full postmortem in the future. Full details of the attack are still under investigation. Share this article URL Copied The…

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  • Solana has confirmed that addresses affected by today’s security breach were created or used within the Slope wallet.
  • Slope also published an official statement on the situation, noting that it will provide a full postmortem in the future.
  • Full details of the attack are still under investigation.

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The Solana Foundation and Slope have provided additional information on a security breach that affected thousands of wallets today.

Solana Confirms Wallet Breach

The Solana Foundation has published new details about today’s attack.

Earlier, nearly 8,000 addresses were drained through what was believed to be a breach of the third-party wallet app Slope.

This afternoon, the Solana Foundation confirmed on the Solana Status Twitter account that the addresses affected by the attack “were at one point created, imported, or used in Slope mobile wallet applications.”

It added that private key information was accidentally transmitted to an application monitoring service. It said that further details “are still under investigation.”

The attack only affected Slope’s downloadable wallet app; Slope hardware wallets are still secure. Though thousands of wallets were drained, the Solana Foundation added that the Solana protocol itself remains secure.

Slope also commented on the situation. It said that a “cohort” of Slope wallets were compromised and confirmed that several of its own staff wallets were drained.

Slope said that it had not confirmed the nature of the attack. “We have some hypotheses as to the nature of the breach, but nothing is yet firm,” Slope said in its official statement. It committed to publishing a full post-mortem in the future.

The company also suggested that users take action to secure their funds. It advised users to create a new seed phrase and wallet and transfer their funds to that wallet.

Both companies say that they are performing internal investigations and working with external auditors.

Various other individuals within the Solana ecosystem provided information and speculated on the attack earlier today.

At least two other projects in the Solana ecosystem have been hacked this year. Cashio was hacked for $28 million in March, while Wormhole was hacked for $322 million in February.

Disclosure: At the time of writing, the author of this piece owned BTC, ETH, and other cryptocurrencies.

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Cyber criminals are getting smarter, their attacks are continuously evolving, and their successes are leaving marks. Assaults are scaled effortlessly, from the one-to-one text phishing attempts on employees who post about new jobs on LinkedIn, to the “unprecedented” campaign against the Costa Rican government that brought much of their infrastructure to a standstill, resulting in losses of $125 million over 48 hours.

“What’s notable is the sophistication,” says Kaitlin Pettersen, VP of customer experience at Vanta. “The seeming legitimacy is improving. They’re getting smarter. They’re getting more strategic, and the financial and reputational cost of these data breaches is high.”

Customer trust is easily lost, but not easily won back — and that directly impacts your bottom line. Globally, fines for GDPR violations are huge, but smaller companies are also facing financial consequences for violations. The CCPA in California opens the door to lawsuits from customers whose data was involv

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2 police officers face off over who is boss

Social media users are concerned about a video of two security officers in a heated altercation…

Social media users are concerned about a video of two security officers in a heated altercation…
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