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The short version of today's security story is that if you used a credit or debit card in a Target store between Nov 27 and Dec 15 of this year, your card data may have been compromised.  It sounds like they aren't sure whether every store was compromised.  It was a hack of the terminals that read the cards.  The company's website was not hacked, so online transactions are not believed to be at risk.  Check your statements folks.
Target Corp. was hit by an extensive theft of its customers' credit-card and debit-card data over the busy Black Friday weekend, a brazen breach of the major retailer's information security. The company early Thursday confirmed a data breach may have affected about 40 million credit- and debit-card accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Target said it alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately after it found out about the unauthori...
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I'm looking for suggestions. A bank is sending me e-mail about someone else's credit card transactions. I know that if this were information about my account going to a stranger, I'd care quite a bit. I'm very sure that the mistake was hers, not the bank's because this isn't the first of her accounts I've gotten e-mail about.

What shocks me is that this is the third company I've called about this. To their credit, Progressive took all the information I had and dealt with it. Bravo and well done Progressive. But the two banks I've contacted have sworn that there is nothing they can do about it. I'm not asking them to confirm the account holder's personal information. Quite the opposite, I'm trying to get them to stop. All I'm asking is that they find the account, stop the e-mail about it coming to me, and hopefully notify the account holder of the problem.

What do I have to do to get these banks to take this breach of privacy seriously?
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Call the person and get an email address. 
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I like this:

"My advice is based on finishing. Cross the finish line. It's right there, in front of you. You don't have to be the first to cross, just break the plane of the goal line, and you score a touchdown (forgive the mixed sports metaphors). You are an academic running back. Your job ain't to be the pretty one. Your job ain't to be the elegant one. Your job ain't to be the clever one. Your job is to punch the ball across the line and score. That's how you win games. You win games by finishing."
My niece, the world's most adorable human being (seriously, look it up), is finishing her second semester as a biology undergrad at a small state school in Northern California and she complained o...
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I wish I could say that this was the worst article I've ever seen about a security breach, but it isn't. It suffers from a common flaw with such articles in the mainstream press. It mentions a virus without mentioning what it infects. Odds are that it targets Windows or something running on it, but that isn't a sure bet. Given that it's grabbing login credentials for websites, it could be browser malware instead.

My jaw hit the floor when I saw this: "FTP, the standard network used when working from home". FTP is a protocol, not a network. Okay, that point is going to be lost on many end users. However, statements that make it less clear to anyone whether they are vulnerable don't actually help anyone.

Anyway, if you're concerned and use any of the online services listed, or any other common cloud services for that matter, the simple answer is to change your password through a computer whose security you are confident hasn't been compromised.

http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/04/technology/security/passwords-stolen/index.html?fb_action_ids=10201865350907489&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B675830019115657%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.recommends%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
Two million passwords have been stolen, compromising accounts at Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo and ADP.
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Wow!  I just got a call from "The Technical Department" about my Windows computer.  Seriously?  I was a bit impolite.
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There was a video posted a few weeks ago by the CISO of one company who took that call and actually let the idiots connect to a VM just to see what they'd try.

TL,DR: they trashed the machine by killing a bunch of mandatory XP services, then tried to sell him a "virus cleanup" program.
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Google just unveiled numbers showing an alarming jump in the number of government demands for private user data. We took the technology giant to task for its report's shortcomings. But at least Google...
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A note to all charities about soliciting donations over the phone:

1) If you place the call with an auto-dialer and there isn't a human on the phone the very microsecond I say "hello", you are rude.
2) If you call at a time that isn't convenient for me, you are also rude. I do not publish this schedule. That's your problem.
3) If you mispronounce my name, you're rude.
4) And most importantly, there are plenty of people committing fraud by calling and asking for donations for what sound like worthy causes. I have absolutely no way of distinguishing you from them. The fact that you have chosen to contact me in the same way con artists do doesn't inspire trust.

So, no, I won't be making a donation over the phone. Now, or ever.
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One more point, to these and also the political causes doing the same things: Honor the no-call list. Even if you're not legally required to (political) do it anyway. I'm on the list for a reason and you're hurting, not helping, your position with me if you call.

Oh and.. aside to FTC: Close the loophole where scammy sales operations can call no-call numbers if they start with a moronic one-question political survey.

Q. Are you a Democrat or a Republican?
A. Neither
Q. Great! As a reward for completing our survey we'd like to offer you....
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If the IRS had discovered the quadratic formula.

http://www.cs.amherst.edu/~djv/irs.pdf
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