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Hackers target Aussie Taylor Swift fans for tickets

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As Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated concerts draw near, reports of ticket hacking have surfaced, leaving fans distressed and seeking solutions.

Ticketek, the primary ticket vendor for Swift’s Melbourne and Sydney shows, has acknowledged the breach and is taking measures to address the issue.

The situation unfolded after the sudden availability of last-minute tickets, notably obstructed view seats, for both Melbourne and Sydney performances.

Concerns escalated when ticket holders reported unauthorised access to their accounts and subsequent ticket sales without their knowledge.

Gaining access

Ticketek confirmed the security breach, attributing it to hackers gaining access through acquired external information.

The hackers, exploiting compromised accounts, sold tickets to unsuspecting buyers, posing as legitimate sellers.

This tactic, albeit fraudulent, has caused significant distress among Swift’s devoted fan base.

Efforts to rectify the situation include freezing affected accounts and transferring tickets to new ones upon verification of ownership.

However, concerns remain regarding the fate of unwitting buyers who purchased stolen tickets.

Password management

Ticketek emphasided the importance of proactive password management and encouraged affected customers to report incidents promptly to facilitate investigations.

Furthermore, social media platforms have become breeding grounds for scams, with hackers infiltrating accounts to dupe unsuspecting buyers.

Victoria Police issued warnings, urging vigilance and caution when purchasing tickets through unofficial channels.

Assisting fans

Despite these challenges, Ticketek remains committed to assisting genuine fans, deploying customer service pop-ups at concert venues and intensifying technology security measures.

They have also acted swiftly to shut down fraudulent resale platforms masquerading as their own.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reported substantial financial losses attributed to ticket scams, highlighting the urgency for preventive action.

Fans are advised to exercise caution, opting for authorized sellers and secure payment methods to mitigate risks

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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President Biden says it’s time to ‘pass the torch’

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President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he is “passing the torch to a new generation” as he explained his abrupt departure from the 2024 presidential race to Americans for the first time, in an Oval Office address capping over 50 years in politics.

“I revere this office,” Biden said. “But I love my country more.”

Biden, 81, rebuffed weeks of pressure from Democrats to step aside after a disastrous debate performance on June 27, saying at one point that only the “Lord Almighty” could convince him to go.

Unite the nation

“I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. That is the best way to unite our nation,” Biden said.

Biden made his decision after days of soul-searching and agonizing over internal polling that predicted he could lose against Republican Donald Trump in November and drag down fellow Democrats with him.

“The great thing about America is here, kings and dictators do not rule. The people do. History is in your hands. The power is in your hands. The idea of America – lies in your hands,” Biden will say, according to the speech excerpts.

It will be Biden’s first extended public remarks since he relented to pressure from fellow Democrats and announced on Sunday via social media that he had decided not to seek reelection on Nov. 5.

Biden is the first incumbent president not to seek reelection since 1968 when Lyndon Johnson, under fire for his handling of the Vietnam War, abruptly pulled out of the campaign on March 31.

Biden also joins James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman as presidents who all decided not to stand for a second elected term.

Biden faced calls to step aside after his rocky performance in the debate against Trump raised troubling questions about his mental acuity.

Since he stepped aside, however, Democrats have rallied around him, paying tribute to his character and his record as president.

Watching together

A crowd of staff walked into the White House earlier in the evening to watch the speech together. An official said a reception and “viewing party” were being held across the White House’ state floor for Biden’s address.

The White House has denied that Biden has any cognitive issues despite a recent increase in verbal slipups.

Biden said he will focus on his job as president over his remaining six months in office. He is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday on efforts to negotiate a Gaza ceasefire.

It was the fourth time Biden used the formal setting of the Oval Office since taking office in 2021. His last Oval Office speech was on July 15 when he urged Americans to cool the political rhetoric after the attempted assassination of Trump.

Biden’s political career began when he was elected to the Senate in 1972 at age 29, becoming the sixth youngest U.S. senator. He will conclude his White House tenure on Jan. 20, 2025, as the oldest American president when he will have already turned 82.

“The defense of democracy is more important than any title,” Biden said. “I draw strength, and find joy, in working for the American people. But this sacred task of perfecting our Union is not about me. It’s about you. Your families. Your futures. It’s about ‘We the People.’”

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AI enters the Big Brother house, raising concerns around the truth of reality TV

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How will the integration of AI into reality TV impact audience engagement and what role will this have on the future of entertainment?

The latest season of Big Brother has left fans scratching their heads with the introduction of Big Brother AI, also knowns as BB AI, taking centre stage.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss all the curious AI cases of the week. #featured

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UN initiative aims to set international standards for AI ethics

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The United Nations has launched a comprehensive initiative aimed at establishing international guidelines for the governance of artificial intelligence.

The UN seeks to address ethical concerns, regulatory frameworks, and human rights implications associated with AI advancements.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from the UniSC joins to discuss the latest. #featured

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