Thursday, December 10, 2015

A good deal?
Wyndham settles FTC data breach charges
Wyndham Worldwide Corp (WYN.N) has agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to properly safeguard customer information, in a case arising from three data breaches affecting more than 619,000 customers.
… A consent order outlining the settlement was filed with the federal court in Newark, New Jersey, 3-1/2 months after the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the FTC had authority to regulate corporate cyber security.
Under the order, Wyndham must establish a comprehensive information security program designed to protect cardholder data including payment card numbers, names and expiration dates, the FTC said.
Wyndham was not fined or required to admit wrongdoing, but will comply with a widely used industry standard to protect the safety of payment card information. The Parsippany, New Jersey-based company's obligations under the order last for 20 years.
… The case is Federal Trade Commission v Wyndham Worldwide Corp et al, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, No. 13-01887.

A self-inflicted wound?
And Avid Life Media still has not provided any update as to how that horrific breach occurred. Nor did they respond to my email inquiry this week requesting an update.

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Does Google see what keywords you are blocking?
Google Creates New Roadblock For Corporate Data Thieves
Businesses of all sizes dread the thought of data theft.
In response, Google said Wednesday that it is adding technology to Gmail that makes it harder for employees to send business data out the door. Specifically, the tech giant is bundling a service that helps prevent sending sensitive information through Gmail, at least for customers who pay for the Google Apps Unlimited edition.
With this addition, corporate IT staff can set up a scan of outgoing email (both the text itself and attached documents) for credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc. Messages that trip the switch can be quarantined for review, or returned to the sender along with a prompt to remove the information. Administrators can also set up automatic scans that would flag emails that include certain keywords.

Kind of a good new / bad news article.
Daily New Malware Count Drops by 15,000: Kaspersky
The number of new malware files detected each day dropped by roughly 15,000 in 2015 when compared to the last year, according to a recent report from Kaspersky Lab.
According to the security company, its products detected 310,000 new malware files each day in 2015, compared to 325,000 in 2014. The company notes in a blog post that the decrease is likely due to the fact that the coding of new malware is expensive and cybercriminals have been switching to intrusive advertising programs or legitimate digital signatures in their attacks.

Nothing too exciting.
Washington Post – Cybersecurity – A Special Report
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 9, 2015

Apparently the world did not end as predicted.
FBI: Too soon to tell if NSA reform is hurting investigations
… FBI Director James Comey's assessment is at odds with prominent hawks, who have warned that new limits on the National Security Agency (NSA) are hamstringing federal officials at a time when fears about terrorism are on the rise.
"We don’t know yet” whether the NSA reforms have had a negative impact, Comey told a Senate committee.
“In theory it should work as well or better than what we used to have,” he insisted. “But I don’t know yet.”

“We know the bad guys are in there somewhere!” If we have clear evidence that “Communicator X” is controlling the planners of terrorism (call them Y1 - Yn) in several countries, we would like to know they are talking to. We can identify X and most of the Ys, it's the Zs that we need to gather up before that links are lost.
In a seminal decision updating and consolidating its previous jurisprudence on surveillance, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights took a sideways swing at mass surveillance programs last week, reiterating the centrality of “reasonable suspicion” to the authorization process and the need to ensure interception warrants are targeted to an individual or premises. The decision in Zakharov v. Russia — coming on the heels of the European Court of Justice’s strongly-worded condemnation in Schrems of interception systems that provide States with “generalised access” to the content of communications — is another blow to governments across Europe and the United States that continue to argue for the legitimacy and lawfulness of bulk collection programs. It also provoked the ire of the Russian government, prompting an immediate legislative move to give the Russian constitution precedence over Strasbourg judgments.

Would it be politically correct or politically incorrect to believe Kim?
North Korea says it’s ready to detonate H-bomb, but skepticism abounds

WalMart would like to hold your money for you.
Wal-Mart enters mobile payment with launch of Walmart Pay
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) said it would launch 'Walmart Pay,' to become the first U.S. retailer to offer its own payment feature to expand consumer payment options and increase the speed of checkouts.
… The feature requires customers to choose Walmart Pay within the retailer's mobile app at a checkout counter, activate their phone camera and scan the code displayed at the register after which an e-receipt will be sent to the app.

One-fifth of Americans report going online almost constantly
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 9, 2015
Pew FactTank – “As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, some 21% of Americans now report that they go online “almost constantly,” according to a Pew Research Center survey. Overall, 73% of Americans go online on a daily basis. Along with the 21% who go online almost constantly, 42% go online several times a day and 10% go online about once a day. Some 13% go online several times a week or less often. And in this survey, 13% of adults say they do not use the internet at all.”

Netflix accounts for more than a third of prime-time internet traffic in North America
Just in case Netflix hadn’t completely established itself as a juggernaut, here’s more evidence of its all-consuming hold on consumers: The video-streaming company nets roughly 35% of aggregate peak-period internet traffic in North America, according to a new report.
… In set of findings announced today (Dec. 7) for online traffic consumption across North America, Africa, and the Middle East, Sandvine’s data illustrated Netflix’s total domination in North America—the service is well ahead of competitors like YouTube (which has 16.8% of aggregate upstream/downstream traffic), Amazon Video (2.9%), iTunes (2.6%), and Hulu (2.5%). BitTorrent, which accounted for 31% of total internet traffic in 2008, only accounted for 4.4% in 2015.
By comparison, Netflix had just 22% of North American internet traffic in 2011, according to Sandvine’s report from that year.

If Facebook is the answer, what was the question? Worth reading.
How Facebook Plans to Disrupt Education
Back in September, Facebook made a deal with Summit Public Schools. Don’t worry if you didn’t hear about it when it happened – it was a quiet event, without a lot of fanfare. With that being said, the implications of this partnership might change everything we know about public education.

Too depressing? My students would think this blog post was too long to read.
How Long Does That Book Take to Read? This Site Tells You
Daunted by the size of that book you have been meaning to read? It might take you less time than you think. If you want an accurate calculation of the time you’ll need to finish that book, head over to How Long to Read.
The site lists more than 12 million books in its database. Use the site search to look up the name of any book on your reading list and select it from the search results. A dedicated page for that book should pop up. Look to the sample text on the side, click on the Start Speed Reading Timer button, then read it.
Once you finish, click on the button again to stop the timer. This displays an estimate of the time you’ll need to read the entire book.

Trendy, but already obsolete.
A Short Overview of 12 Tools for Creating Flipped Classroom Lessons

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