Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Facts are often so confusing that reporters simply ignore them.
61 Million Retail Records Lost in 2014: IBM
According to the company, a total of more than 61 million retail records were stolen, lost or leaked in the United States last year, which is less than the over 70 million records compromised in 2013.
There have been several massive data breaches over the past years in which tens of millions of records had been compromised. The list includes The Home Depot (56 million records), Target (70 million records), Sony (12 million records leaked in the 2011 incident), Steam (35 million records), and TJX (100 million records).
If these incidents are removed from the equation and only breaches with less than 10 million lost records are taken into consideration, we see that the total number of compromised retail records has increased considerably since 2012.
While the number of compromised records has increased over the past years, IBM has determined that the number of breaches reported has decreased since 2012 by over 50%.
… Retail and wholesale were the most targeted industries last year. In 2012 and 2013, finance and insurance, information and communications, and manufacturing were the most targeted industries.
In the previous two years, malicious code was the primary attack method, but in 2014 unauthorized access took its place, accounting for roughly half of incidents, IBM noted in its report.
… Additional details are available in the retail industry overview report and the holiday trends report.
That's it? No criminal charges? No lawsuit? No vacation in Guantanamo?
Morgan Stanley Fires Employee for Stealing Client Data
US investment bank Morgan Stanley on Monday said it had fired an employee for stealing the personal data of hundreds of thousands of wealth management customers.
Some account information for about 900 of the clients, including account numbers and names, was briefly posted on the Internet and, once detected, was "promptly removed,"the bank said in a statement.
… The employee stole data on about 10 percent of its wealth management customers, or about 350,000 people, it said.
“We don't hire Compliance lawyers, we hire Compliant lawyers. When we tell them what we're going to do and we expect them to tell us, 'Sounds good, go ahead.' We can get away with all kinds of useful stuff. Often for years!”
David Kravets reports:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places. Nicknamed “stingrays,” the devices are decoy cell towers that capture locations and identities of mobile phone users and can intercept calls and texts.
The FBI made its position known during private briefings with staff members of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). In response, the two lawmakers wrote Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, maintaining they were “concerned about whether the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have adequately considered the privacy interests” of Americans.
Read more on Ars Technica.
[From the article:
"In Tacoma, judges now require police (to) specifically note they plan to use an IMSI catcher and promise not to store data collected from people who are not investigation targets," he said. "The Florida and Massachusetts state supreme courts ruled warrants were necessary for real-time cell phone tracking. Nine states—Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin—passed laws specifically requiring police to use a warrant to track a cell phone in real time."
Public used to mean you could go to the courthouse and get the information. Now public means anyone with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world, can get the information.
Christine Dobby reports:
A Romanian website that says it’s dedicated to keeping ‘information free and open’ is raising difficult questions about how much personal information should be included in Canadian legal rulings.
Over the past year, close to 100 people have complained to the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), after coming across legal decisions that mention their names through Google searches. The rulings are public information, but most are shocked to see the details of their court cases – often family law, criminal or immigration matters – on the Internet for anyone to read.
Read more on Globe and Mail. This case has a number of factors to consider, including the fact that the rulings were obtained (perhaps illegally, it seems) from the CanLII site, and at various times, the Romanian site operator has required a fee to remove personal documents. At other times, he has reportedly claimed that only a request is necessary to secure removal of the documents.
But putting aside the issue of fee for removal for now, how is this any different than someone downloading files from PACER or state courts, and uploading them to their own site, where they might be indexed by Google?
What’s the solution when it comes to court records where the presumption is that they are public records?
It looks like there should be a market for “personal security” but I doubt it. Perhaps my students will prove me wrong.
Poll: Large concern over data collection through smart devices
Nearly eight in 10 people are concerned about their personal information being collected through smartphones and other devices, according to a poll released Monday.
The survey commissioned by TRUSTe, a consumer privacy company, also found that 69 percent of people believe they should own the data that is collected through their smart devices.
Twenty percent, on the other hand, believe the benefits of the products outweigh privacy concerns.
… About one in three people reported owning a smart device separate from a phone. Those include smart TVs, navigation systems, fitness trackers, home appliances, watches or alarm systems.
I use this in all my Math classes. My students love it.
Desmos - A Graphing Calculator for iPad, Android, and Your Browser
Desmos is a free graphing calculator that has been available for a few years as a browser-based tool and as an iPad app. Late last month Desmos launched a free Android app.
The Desmos calculator performs all of the functions you would expect to see in a graphing calculator with a couple of extras that you don't find in typical graphing calculators. Desmos allows you to share your equations and graphs. Desmos graphs your equations as you type them and redraws them as you alter your equations. See some of the best features of Desmos in the videos embedded below.
The Android app will work without an internet connection nor do all of the sharing features work on Android version.
Perhaps my Data Management and Business Intelligence students will find a use for one of these. (Hint, hint!)
4 Data Visualization Tools For Captivating Data Journalism
Presenting information doesn’t have to be dull and dry. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy solution or more complex data processing, these four tools will ensure that, whatever data you’re working with, your visuals will leave a lasting impression.