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A glitch in the Post Office's internet tools left users' information accessible to programmers working on apps, independent security journalist Brian Krebs reports.

The big picture: At issue is a tool to integrate apps with the Post Office's network known as an application program interface (API). Per the report, any logged in user could apparently access and in some cases change other users' information.

Details: The API integrates apps with the Post Office's "Informed Visibility" portal, which helps bulk mail senders track and analyze mail.

  • The leak exposed users' "email address, username, user ID, account number, street address, phone number, authorized users, mailing campaign data and other information," wrote Krebs.
  • The exposure was reportedly first discovered last year, but the researcher who found it had trouble contacting the Postal Service. Krebs contacted USPS on his behalf, and the glitch has been patched.

Who should be worried: We don't know that anyone maliciously took advantage of this glitch, and therefore we don't know if anyone is in any danger. Passwords do not appear to have been exposed by the breach.

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."

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