Sunday, March 23, 2014

Another third party breach, presumably by a PCIDSS compliant processor. Perhaps they should tighten their standards a bit?
California drivers face big credit card breach
A Georgia-based payment processor for the California Department of Motor Vehicles apparently was victimized by hackers for six months. As of this report, the theft only affects citizens that conducted credit card transactions online.
This week, banks in California and elsewhere received alerts from MasterCard about compromised cards that all had been previously used for California DMV charges.
The alert “stated that the date range of the potentially compromised transactions extended from Aug. 2, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014, and that the data stolen included the card number, expiration date, and three-digit security code printed on the back of cards,” Krebs reports.
This document from the California Department of General Services suggests that the external processor is Elavon, a company based in Atlanta.
According to the latest statistics, Californians conducted more than 11.9 million online transactions with the state’s DMV in 2012, a 6 percent increase over 2011.

The impact of BYOD is being felt already? Not a good sign.
Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 22, 2014
Ponemon Institute: “…we are releasing our Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security. We hope you will read the report sponsored by ID Experts that reveals some fascinating trends. Specifically, criminal attacks on healthcare systems have risen a startling 100 percent since we first conducted the study in 2010. This year, we found the number and size of data breaches has declined somewhat. Employee negligence is a major risk and is being fueled by BYOD. Giving healthcare organizations major headaches are: risks to patient data caused by the Affordable Care Act, exchange of patient health information with Accountable Care Organizations and lack of trust in business associates privacy and security practices. For a copy of the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, visit”

Will this remain voluntary or become a condition of continuing health insurance?
Evan Axelbank reports:
Ernestine Marshall can’t even go to the bathroom without someone knowing.
“I didn’t know how closely they were watching me until I received a phone call, and I was like, whoa! Ok!” she said.
The diabetic and MS patient’s home is outfitted by insurer, Humana, with sensors that keep track of when she opens her medicine cabinet, her fridge, sleeps, walks, and uses the bathroom.
A break in routine is an early sign of trouble.
“If it becomes unusual, I will get a phone call,” she said. “(They say), ‘Ms. Marshall, are you alright? Do we need to call your sister?’
Read more on Fox Tampa Bay.
[From the article:
The sensors allow her to live in her own apartment, instead of at an assisted living facility.
"It makes me feel wonderful, to know I'm being monitored, especially living alone," Marshall said.

Lots and lots of infographics!
Bloomberg Visual Data Products

For that day in the future when I make my students write their own textbook.
3 Alternatives To MediaWiki When Hosting Your Own Wiki
If you’re planning on hosting a small wiki just for yourself, forget about the ones listed above and check out these awesome personal wikis instead. If you’d rather use a wiki-style notebook, CherryTree is what you need.

Something interesting for my students to model?
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This is interesting, but I suspect similar businesses exist in most areas.
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