Monday, December 07, 2015

What is this world coming to when you can't even have a beer in piece?
650,000 Affected by JD Wetherspoon Data Breach
JD Wetherspoon, a major pub chain operating in the UK and Ireland, informed customers last week that their personal information may have been stolen after hackers breached its website in mid-June 2015.
According to an email sent out customers, the company only learned of the breach on December 1. An investigation revealed that attackers gained access to a customer database linked to the firm’s old website, which had been hosted by a third party.
The compromised database stored the names, dates of birth, email addresses and phone numbers of 656,723 people who signed up for JD Wetherspoon newsletters, registered to use Wi-Fi in pubs and opted to receive company information, purchased vouchers online between January 2009 and August 2014, or used the contact form on the company’s website.

For politicians, there's no reaction as good as an over-reaction!
After Paris Attacks, French Cops Want to Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi
After the recent Paris terror attacks, French law enforcement wants to have several powers added to a proposed law, including the move to forbid and block the use of the Tor anonymity network, according to an internal document from the Ministry of Interior seen by French newspaper Le Monde.
That document talks about two proposed pieces of legislation, one around the state of emergency, and the other concerning counter-terrorism.

For my students.
New on LLRX – Information Quality Resources and Expert Resources
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 6, 2015
Via LLRXInformation Quality Resources and Expert ResourcesMarcus Zillman’s guide is a comprehensive and selective bibliography including search engines, world wide web resources, services and sites currently offering free, value added content on the web. As more and more of the global population is accessing the web, making informed choices about what content to use to obtain reliable, accurate, actionable information becomes more critical. This guide provides an extensive range of reliable, relevant information to leverage – whether you are an educator, a librarian, a researcher, a lawyer, a student, a professional working on mission critical organizational objectives, or in the interest of current awareness. Gaining insight into your resources can be a challenging process if undertaken without benchmarks and skillfully researched pathfinders. This guide comprises a wide range of resources for everyone who regularly engages with web content for knowledge discovery, producing work product, and creating value added content related to specific sectors, issues or topics.

Tutorial Resources

Will Big Data help weed the gene pool? Dilbert seems to think so.

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