Monday, May 05, 2014

Is this an example of “rapid response” by Target's BoD?
Target CEO to Step Down Following Massive Data Breach
Target Corp. announced on Monday that effective immediately, Gregg Steinhafel would step down from his positions as Chairman of the Target board of directors, president and CEO, following the massive data breach late last year that exposed millions of customer payment card numbers and hurt company profits.
Today we are announcing that, after extensive discussions, the board and Gregg Steinhafel have decided that now is the right time for new leadership at Target,” a statement from the Board of Directors said.
Target announced a significant new initiative as part of the company’s accelerated $100 million plan to move its REDcard portfolio to chip-and-PIN-enabled technology and to install supporting software and next-generation payment devices in stores.
The retail giant said that beginning in early 2015, its entire REDcard portfolio, including all Target-branded credit and debit cards, would be enabled with MasterCard’s chip-and-PIN solution. Eventually, all of Target’s REDcard products will be chip-and-PIN secured, the company said. The new payment terminals will be in all 1,797 U.S. stores by this September, six months ahead of schedule.
Target said late last month that it is still searching for a chief information security officer (CISO) and a chief compliance officer. [Not “replacements,” these are new positions. Bob]

"Gentlemen do not read other gentlemen's mail." That view of the world never reflected reality and always makes me wonder what other strategic tools Stimson failed to use.
If you missed the Munk Debate on State Surveillance where Glenn Greenwald and Alexis Ohanimoves were pitted against Alan Dershowitz and Michael Hayden, you can watch it here. If you want to skip over the opening quotes and clips to get to the debate, fast forward around 27 minutes.
Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms…

Funny how it only takes a few hours for the volume of“interpretations” to exceed the original report by an order of magnitude.
Jeff Kosseff of Covington & Burling writes:
On Thursday, the White House Big Data Working Group, led by senior presidential advisor John Podesta, released a 79-page report that outlines a number of key observations and recommendations for privacy in both the private sector and government. Although the report does not create binding law, it provides insight into the administration’s priorities on a wide range of privacy and data security issues, from government surveillance to data breaches. Below are some of the most important themes to emerge from this report.
Read Jeff’s comments on InsidePrivacy.

From EFF:
Last week, the White House released its report on big data and its privacy implications, the result of a 90-day study commissioned by President Obama during his January 17 speech on NSA surveillance reforms. Now that we’ve had a chance to read the report we’d like to share our thoughts on what we liked, what we didn’t, and what we thought was missing.
Read EFF’s comments here.

As a non-lawyer, my confusion is natural. Lawyers can parse “as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Stewart Baker writes:
The third-party doctrine of Smith v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735 (1979), is getting a bad rap from libertarians of the left and the right. Smith holds that the police don’t need a search warrant to get information about me from a third party. If I keep a diary in my desk drawer, the police must get a search warrant based on probable cause if they want to read it. If I leave the diary with my mother for safekeeping, though, the third party doctrine says that the police only need to serve her with a subpoena to get it. The same is true if I store the diary in the cloud with Google Drive or Dropbox. If it were on my computer, the police would need a warrant to read it; in the cloud, they don’t.

If my students learn nothing else... (Video of robot that cheats)
How To Win At Rock, Paper, Scissors
And finally, if you have always wanted to know how to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors, researchers from China think they have figured it all out. You may not win every single time like the cheating robot in the video above, but you should at least inprove your chances of winning.
This method for winning at Rock, Paper, Scissors is called the “win-stay, lose-shift” strategy. Ars Technica pares the strategy down to its basics, while arVix has the full research paper [PDF link]. As it’s confusing I’ll probably stick to choosing at random and losing more often than not as a result.

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