Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In reality, there's not much more to be done. Congress has said, “Don't bother us, we're fund raising.” (and no one wants to be the last politician to die in the Crimea.)
Russia moves to annex Crimea, laughs at US sanctions
… "Comrade Obama, what should those who have neither accounts nor property abroad do? Have you not thought about it?" Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted. "I think the decree of the President of the United States was written by some joker."

(Related) Interesting that the BBC has created a “real time” Crimea page. Perhaps their experiences make it more of a concern?

Krebs reported on March 5th (http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/03/sally-beauty-hit-by-credit-card-breach/) that cards were already for sale. Perhaps looking for evidence like this should be part of your “breach detection” process?
Sally Beauty has updated its report on a security breach first disclosed by security researcher Brian Krebs:
In a new statement on their website, they write:
As we previously stated on March 5th, our systems detected an unauthorized attempted intrusion into our Sally Beauty Supply LLC network. At the time of this discovery, we immediately engaged a top-tier forensics firm (Verizon) to investigate this security incident. As a result of this ongoing investigation, we have now discovered evidence that fewer than 25,000 records containing card-present (track 2) payment card data have been illegally accessed on our systems and we believe it may have been removed. As experience has shown in prior data security incidents at other companies, it is difficult to ascertain with certainty the scope of a data security breach/incident prior to the completion of a comprehensive forensic investigation. As a result, we will not speculate as to the scope or nature of the data security incident.
We take this criminal activity very seriously. We continue to work diligently with Verizon on this investigation and are taking necessary actions and precautions to mitigate and remediate the issues caused by this security incident. In addition, we are working with the United States Secret Service on their preliminary investigation into the matter.
Customers are our top priority at Sally Beauty, and we will be responding to customers’ needs concerning this security incident. Please check our website sallybeautyholdings.com in the coming days to learn about the progress of our work to address the security incident, the status of our investigation, and steps we will be taking to assist any affected customer. We will be providing appropriate notifications to affected consumers and others, as necessary, as the facts develop and we learn more.

This one slipped by me. These have very short lives, but seem to have access to “every movie ever made” on the day they are released (and sometimes before release.) The MPAA must feel like they are playing “whack-a-mole.” When will they learn to make money using technology like this?
Popcorn Time: Video and Television Torrenting App Deleted, Could be Sued
Popcorn Time, an app that quickly became popular, has been deleted from its host website Mega.co.nz.
The app enabled users to watch a range of movies and TV shows for free and has been described as a having a “Netflix-style” interface that actually has more up to date selections.
A Popcorn Time development member told Torrent Freak that Kim Dotcom, the owner of Mega, deleted the app.

(Related) Look at who didn't miss it...
Popcorn Time app that allows you to watch free movies online removed by its host Mega
… It is open-source software, freely distributed, and was hosted on New Zealand based file sharing website, Mega, owned by Kim Dotcom
… Some of the movies present on the menu of Popcorn Times are – American Hustle, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave and Frozen. Normal torrent sites require you to download the file and then play it. This application finds selected titles from the torrent directories and then streams the titles within no time.
It was tweeted by the developers of the application that they are finding a new hosting provider and soon they will be back. The Popcorn Time website states that a bunch of geeks from Buenos Aires created the application.
It was reported by piracy-news website TorrentFreak that according to one of the developers behind the application, who identifies himself as Sebastian, they did not expect any legal issues as the app is free of charge, carries no advertisements and even the files were not hosted on the application itself.

Tools for recording student responses. Could be useful.
Seven Good Student Response Systems That Work On All Devices
Earlier today I received an email from someone who had found this comparison chart of student response tools. He was interested in learning a bit more about each of them beyond what was in the chart so I put together this collection of information about popular student response tools. Each of these tools can be used on iPads, Android tablets, and in the web browser on your laptop or Chromebook.

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