A New Structure Built By The Mayans Has Been Found

When you think about the history of this planet, it truly is mindblowing. Human life has been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and in the grand scheme of things, it really wasn’t long ago that the Mayan people were roaming the land. Yes, ancient Maya society can be traced back around 3,000 years – but it seems as though we’re learning more and more about them each year. In fact, a new Mayans structure has just been found using new technology.

Utilizing Technological Advancements

The modern world has allowed us to uncover secrets of the past in so many new ways, as scientists and historians have been able to use technological advancements to their advantage. To be more specific, new discoveries are being found thanks to the use of lidar – or light detection and ranging. This technique uses laser pulses to search underneath overgrown regions to see structures on or even under the surface. That’s how this new structure was found.

Investigating The Area

Over the years, University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata has been using lidar to scour previously unknown areas of Mexico for traces of ancient Mayan life. By using airborne mapping and excavations, they have come across a brand new site called Aguada Fenix, which is home to the biggest Mayans structure they have found so far. It can be traced back to around 1,000 BC to 800 BC.

Going Against The Grain

While there’s no doubt about the fact that this structure is huge, it seems as though it’s impact is also huge. That’s because it goes against what scientists originally thought of this area. While they assumed that ancient Mayan people lived in small villages before building up into large structures, this mammoth ceremonial area is older and larger than these small villages.

Isn’t it amazing what science can do? Hopefully, we’ll learn even more over the years.

Security Breach in GoDaddy Impacts Over 1 Million WordPress Customers

The danger of a compromised password can be extensive, and one of the popular websites has recently released it at a steep cost. The web hosting and domain register platform GoDaddy recently revealed that a security breach through compromised passwords has resulted in disclosing of 1.2 million email addresses of its WordPress customers.

The Incident

The company promptly reported the incident to the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the official announcement, GoDaddy informed about the detection of unauthorized third-party access to its Managed WordPress hosting environment. Though the hacker gained access on September 6. The breach was discovered only on November 17. The company further explained that a ‘compromised password’ was the source of this security breach, allowing the hacker or hackers to enter the provisioning system in its Managed WordPress legacy codebase.

The Consequence

As a dire consequence, the third-party security break exposes a total of 1.2 million managed WordPress email addresses and passwords, along with the customer numbers, both active and inactive. The access to the email accounts has left the customers vulnerable to compromising their original WordPress administrator passwords, which are set at the time of initial provisioning. The passwords used by the customers while creating new sites were also accessed. GoDaddy proceeded to reset those passwords if any affected customer was still using them.

The Measures Taken

After apologizing to its worldwide users, GoDaddy confirmed that upon discovery the company immediately started to investigate the whole incident, with help of a third-party IT forensics farm and related authorities. The first step was to block the hacker entirely from its system. As the SFTP and database usernames and passwords of the active customers were also exposed, the company has reset those two passwords promptly. Additionally, the private SSL key of a part of active customers was compromised, which the company is now rectifying by issuing and installing new certificates for those affected users.