Thursday, September 02, 2010

Only two years? Fast, if not exactly cheap.

Heartland Payment Systems, Discover Agree To $5 Mln Intrusion Settlement

September 1, 2010 by admin

Heartland Payment Systems said it reached a settlement agreement with Discover Financial Services (DFS) related to the 2008 criminal intrusion of Heartland’s payment system environment. Under the agreement, Heartland would pay Discover $5 million, resolving all issues related to the 2008 intrusion.

“This settlement marks our final agreement with a card brand related to the intrusion.” said Bob Carr, Heartland’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Source: RTT News.

Wheedle words. “Our failure to secure our computers is not our fault?”

(Follow-up) Secret Service: Computer virus to blame for Jason’s Deli thefts

September 1, 2010 by admin

Janice Broach reports:

Investigators believe credit and debit card thefts at the Jason’s Deli on Ridgeway in Memphis are linked to a virus that infected computers at the restaurant.

“The computers received a virus that was unknown before this event,” Special Agent Rick Harlow of the U.S. Secret Service said Tuesday. “It was a new variation of an older virus. No virus program that we ran against it found it.”

Dozens of customers have reported in recent weeks that their credit or debit card numbers were stolen after being used at the restaurant.

Since word of the thefts began to spread, business has dropped by nearly 50 percent, according to store owner Kent Holt.

At a press conference held outside the restaurant, Harlow said investigators are still not sure how the virus infected computers there.

It was not Jason’s Deli’s fault that this occurred,” he said.

Read more on WMC-TV

We know where you surf!” and hey, everybody does it...

Twitter plans to record all links clicked

By the end of the year, Twitter expects to be recording and analyzing every link users click on when using its Web site or any of the thousands of third-party microblogging apps.

An e-mail announcement Wednesday night said "all users" will soon be switched over to Twitter's link-shortening service and, once that happens, "all links shared on or third-party apps" will use it. In addition, the company said, when anyone clicks "on these links from or a Twitter application, Twitter will log that click."

Wednesday's news was soon met with a smattering of privacy concerns, with some Twitter users dubbing it a "disgusting data landgrab" and others wondering if there will be an "opt-out policy" for those who prefer not to have their clicks recorded. Another concern: a centralized link-redirector means a centralized point of failure in a service known for being frequently overloaded.

Oh, what a wicked web we weave...”

Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday September 01, @03:50PM

"The US press has been pushing for a (much needed) federal shield law, that would allow reporters to protect their sources. It's been something of a political struggle for a few years now, and things were getting close when Wikileaks suddenly got a bunch of attention for leaking all those Afghan war documents. Suddenly, the politicians involved started working on an amendment that would specifically carve out an exception for Wikileaks so that it would not be covered by such a shield law. And, now, The First Amendment Center is condemning the newspaper industry for throwing Wikileaks under the bus, as many in the industry are supporting this new amendment, and saying that Wikileaks doesn't deserve source protection because 'it's not journalism.'"

I've been looking for a way to “invest” in lawsuits. Shouldn't be too difficult to scan the Patent database and find victims evil doers.

A New Species of Patent Troll

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday September 01, @10:18PM

"According to the Wall Street Journal, there's a new species of patent troll out there. These new trolls sue companies that sell products with an expired patent number on them. That's right, it's against the law to sell a product that's marked with an expired patent number. The potential fine? $500. Per violation - and some of the companies have patent numbers on old plastic molds that have made literally billions of copies. Using whistle-blower laws, 'anyone can file a claim on behalf of the government, and plaintiffs must split any fine award evenly with it.' You've been warned."

Somewhat surprising, but I suspect it's more of a slap down of the EULA

Lineage II Addiction Lawsuit Makes It Past the EULA

Posted by Soulskill on Thursday September 02, @03:29AM

We recently discussed a man who sued NCsoft for making Lineage II "too addictive" after he spent 20,000 hours over five years playing it. Now, several readers have pointed out that the lawsuit has progressed past its first major hurdle: the EULA. Quoting:

"NC Interactive has responded the way most software companies and online services have for more than a decade: it argued that the claims are barred by its end-user license agreement, which in this case capped the company's liability to the amount Smallwood paid in fees over six months prior to his filing his complaint (or thereabout.) One portion of the EULA specifically stated that lawsuits could only be brought in Texas state court in Travis County, where NC Interactive is located. ... But the judge in this case, US District Judge Alan C. Kay, noted that both Texas and Hawaii law bar contract provisions that waive in advance the ability to make gross-negligence claims. He also declined to dismiss Smallwood's claims for negligence, defamation, and negligent infliction of emotional distress."

For my Computer Security/Rapper students.

Snoop Dogg Joins the War On Cybercrime

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday September 01, @06:22PM

"Think you can bust out some silly fresh rhymes on the subjects of hacking, identity theft and computer viruses? In a somewhat untraditional partnership, Snoop Dogg and Symantec's Norton want you to show off your their lyrical skills on the subject of cybercrime and enter the 'Hack is Wack' cybercrime rap contest. If you have the skills and bust out the phattest rap, you'll receive round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles along with two days and two nights' hotel stay to meet with Snoop's management, learn more about his business. You'll also get two tickets to a Snoop Dogg concert and a new laptop pimped out with Norton Internet Security 2011."

If I can't resell them, do I own them?

For 99 cents, Amazon sells shows, Apple rents them

Here's what Amazon says of the rights that come with videos sold on its site, including the 99-cent TV shows.

"When you buy a video, your viewing rights do not expire (except as provided in our Terms of Use)," Amazon states. "You can watch a video you own online and download it to 2 locations (TiVo, DVRs, and Windows PCs). You can also transfer a video you own to 2 portable devices. Note: Some new release movies will become unavailable for viewing or downloading for an unspecified period of time due to licensing restrictions. You will be notified about this before we process your order."

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