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Video of Woman ‘Boxing’ Dog Sparks Animal Cruelty Investigation

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  • A viral video shows a woman in Idaho repeatedly punching a German Shepard while wearing boxing gloves, with one hard punch even prompting the dog to yelp.
  • Someone off-camera can be heard saying, “Boxer and animal. Where’s Sarah McLachlan?,” referencing the singer and animal rights activist whose songs have been featured in ads for the ASPCA. 
  • The Idaho Human Society launched an animal cruelty investigation into the incident and said prosecutors could choose to charge the woman with a misdemeanor for beating and harassing animals. 
  • The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to six months behind bars and as much as $5,000 in fines.

Video Spreads on Social Media 

The Idaho Humane Society launched an animal cruelty investigation into a woman who was seen punching a dog while wearing boxing gloves in a video that was reportedly posted on Snapchat.

In the clip, which has since been reshared on other social media sites, the woman is seen repeatedly punching a German Shepherd in the face as if she were boxing with another person.

“Boxer and animal. Where’s Sarah McLachlan?,” someone in the background can be heard saying, referring to the singer and well-known animal-rights activist whose songs have been featured in ads for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

After one especially hard punch, the dog can be heard yelping. “I hit him so hard I felt that through…,” the woman says before the clip ends. 

Warning: the video may be disturbing to some viewers.

Animal Cruelty Investigation 

The Idaho Humane Society said it launched an official investigation into the video after it received an overwhelming number of calls and emails reporting the incident. 

In a Facebook post shared Monday, the organization said the individual was identified and a Humane Officer was sent over to discuss the situation. It added that the investigation is pending review at the local prosecutor’s office for a charging decision. 

Prosecutors could choose to charge the woman under Idaho statute 25-3518: Beating and Harassing Animals. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail and as much as $5,000 in fines, according to The Idaho Statesman.

Internet User Start Digging

While the organization did not name the woman, internet users and media outlets have identified her as London Miner. Some online have begun doxing her, going so far as to share her home address, phone number, and workplace information. Others have created social profiles dedicated to gathering information about her and keeping track of this case.

As people began drawing attention to the video, a screenshot allegedly between Miner and one of her Snapchat followers surfaced showing her defending her behavior by saying, “He is my dog. He plays ruff and loves playing. I’m the same weight as him. U really think I’m strong enough to hurt him? No.” 

When the follower replies with, “That doesn’t look good and you know that,” they are met with the response: “Do u think I care.”

Source: Heavy

However, another individual messaged a Twitter user that shared the video, claiming that they are the dog’s owner. Still, this person expressed a similar defense, saying, “He plays hard. A girl gonna hit him a little bit and you guys wanna press some girl hitting him with gloves. Never got hurt and was playing the entire time. I’d never let my dog get hurt.” 

That account has since been deleted, but on top of that, Heavy reported that Miner’s father is an officer who has worked for the Ada County Sherrif’s Office for over a decade. 

Screenshots of a Facebook comment he allegedly posted have also surfaced. The comment explains that the dog is okay but adds, “That dog beats the crap out of our dogs and they all play much harder than that. It’s very silly. But now we are all dealing with people threatening to come to my house and ‘cut’ ‘fuck her up.’” 

Source: Heavy

It’s difficult to verify whether or not any of these screenshots are actually from individuals connected to the incident. Regardless, the Idaho Humane Society has stressed that this situation is being addressed. 

The organization asked people to please stop reaching out to them about the clip since it is currently being dealt with. It said the flood of calls reporting the same video “delays other urgent cases from receiving immediate attention.”

“We need other calls, emails, and messages to get through as we are the only animal control agency for the county. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter,” it added in its statement. 

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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos

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The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.


Bezos Prank

Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws. 

For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform. 

The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.

It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end. 

The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions. 

First Twitch Hack 

Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.

That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019. 

It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.

Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already. 

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Twitch Blames Server Configuration Error for Hack, Says There’s No Indication That Login Info Leaked

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The platform also said full credit card numbers were not reaped by hackers, as that data is stored externally. 


Login and Credit Card Info Secure

Twitch released a security update late Wednesday claiming it had seen “no indication” that users’ login credentials were stolen by hackers who leaked the entire platform’s source code earlier in the day.

“Full credit card numbers are not stored by Twitch, so full credit card numbers were not exposed,” the company added in its announcement.

The leaked data, uploaded to 4chan, includes code related to the platform’s security tools, as well as exact totals of how much it has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019. 

Early Thursday, Twitch also announced that it has now reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Streamers looking for their new keys can visit a dashboard set up by the platform, though users may need to manually update their software with the new key before being able to stream again depending on what kind of software they use.

As far as what led to the hackers being able to steal the data, Twitch blamed an error in a “server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party,” confirming that the leak was not the work of a current employee who used internal tools. 

Will Users Go to Other Streaming Platforms?

While no major creators have said they are leaving Twitch for a different streaming platform because of the hack, many small users have either announced their intention to leave Twitch or have said they are considering such a move. 

It’s unclear if the leak, coupled with other ongoing Twitch controversies, will ultimately lead to a significant user exodus, but there’s little doubt that other platforms are ready and willing to leverage this hack in the hopes of attracting new users. 

At least one big-name streamer has already done as much, even if largely only presenting the idea as a playful jab rather than with serious intention. 

“Pretty crazy day today,” YouTube’s Valkyrae said on a stream Wednesday while referencing a tweet she wrote earlier the day.

“YouTube is looking to sign more streamers,” that tweet reads. 

I mean, they are! … No shade to Twitch… Ah! Well…” Valkyrae said on stream before interrupting herself to note that she was not being paid by YouTube to make her comments. 

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The Entirety of Twitch Has Been Leaked Online, Including How Much Top Creators Earn

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The data dump, which could be useful for some of Twitch’s biggest competitors, could signify one of the most encompassing platform leaks ever.


Massive Collection of Data Leaked 

Twitch’s full source code was uploaded to 4chan Wednesday morning after it was obtained by hackers.

Among the 125 GB of stolen data is information revealing that Amazon, which owns Twitch, has at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library. That library, codenamed Vapor, would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.

With Amazon being the all-encompassing giant that it is, it’s not too surprising that it would try to develop a Steam rival, but it’s eyecatching news nonetheless considering how much the release of Vapor could shake up the market.

The leaked data also showcased exactly how much Twitch has paid its creators, including the platform’s top accounts, such as the group CriticalRole, as well as steamers xQcOW, Tfue, Ludwig, Moistcr1tikal, Shroud, HasanAbi, Sykkuno, Pokimane, Ninja, and Amouranth.

These figures only represent payouts directly from Twitch. Each creator mentioned has made additional money through donations, sponsorships, and other off-platform ventures. Sill, the information could be massively useful for competitors like YouTube Gaming, which is shelling out big bucks to ink deals with creators. 

Data related to Twitch’s internal security tools, as well as code related to software development kits and its use of Amazon Web Services, was also released with the hack. In fact, so much data was made public that it could constitute one of the most encompassing platform dumps ever.

Creators Respond

Streamer CDawgVA, who has just under 500,000 subscribers on Twitch, tweeted about the severity of the data breach on Wednesday.

“I feel like calling what Twitch just experienced as “leak” is similar to me shitting myself in public and trying to call it a minor inconvenience,” he wrote. “It really doesn’t do the situation justice.”

Despite that, many of the platform’s top streamers have been quite casual about the situation.

“Hey, @twitch EXPLAIN?”xQc tweeted. Amouranth replied with a laughing emoji and the text, “This is our version of the Pandora papers.” 

Meanwhile, Pokimane tweeted, “at least people can’t over-exaggerate me ‘making millions a month off my viewers’ anymore.”

Others, such as Moistcr1tikal and HasanAbi argued that their Twitch earning are already public information given that they can be easily determined with simple calculations. 

Could More Data Come Out?

This may not be the end of the leak, which was labeled as “part one.” If true, there’s no reason to think that the leakers wouldn’t publish a part two. 

For example, they don’t seem to be too fond of Twitch and said they hope this data dump “foster[s] more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.”

They added that the platform is a “disgusting toxic cesspool” and included the hashtag #DoBetterTwitch, which has been used in recent weeks to drive boycotts against the platform as smaller creators protest the ease at which trolls can use bots to spam their chats with racist, sexist, and homophobic messages.

Still, this leak does appear to lack one notable set of data: password and address information of Twitch users.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the leakers don’t have it. It could just mean they are only currently interested in sharing Twitch’s big secrets. 

Regardless, Twitch users and creators are being strongly urged to change their passwords as soon as possible and enable two-factor authentication.

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