Thursday, January 28, 2016

Today is Data Privacy Day!

Not much detail here.
Wendy's Is Looking Into Reports of a Credit Card Breach
Burger chain operator Wendy‘s said on Wednesday it was investigating reports of unusual activity with payment cards used at some of its 5,700 locations in the U.S.

(Related) Krebs is better connected.
Wendy’s Probes Reports of Credit Card Breach
When KrebsOnSecurity initially began hearing from banking industry sources about a possible breach at Wendy’s, the reports were coming mainly from financial institutions in the midwest. However, this author has since heard similar reports from banks on the east coast on the United States.

Spend too much time in D.C. and all that sea-level oxygen rots your brain?
Cory Bennett reports:
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Wednesday called on his colleagues to move a bill that would strengthen the government’s ability to sanction North Korea for hacking.
“North Korea’s repeated acts of aggression and hostility call for stronger sanctions,” Bennet said in a statement.
The bill, known as the North Korea Sanctions Act, would also empower the government to sanction property and seize funds from the organizations and individuals supporting Kim Jong Un’s regime.
Read more on The Hill.
[From the article:
Bennet's measure mirrors a bill from Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on East Asia and cybersecurity.
Gardner's legislation, the so-called North Korean Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, would force President Obama to create a strategy to thwart and sanction North Korean hackers.

It's politics, not logic.
Conservative attorney and thinker Mark J. Fitzgibbons is unhappy. In an OpEd in the Washington Examiner, he writes:
California Attorney General Kamala Harris must be so ambitious that she is willing to tempt fate of multiple civil lawsuits and even criminal charges so she can intimidate her ideological opponents — and even her supporters. Ms. Harris oversees licensing of charities across the country that ask Californians for contributions. She’s also a candidate for the United States Senate.
In disregard of the 1958 landmark civil rights decision NAACP v. Alabama and post-Watergate reforms to the Internal Revenue Code to protect tax information privacy, Ms. Harris is now telling charities and other nonprofit organizations that in order to get from her a charitable solicitation license they must first provide her office a confidential federal tax schedule listing their most valuable donors.
Read more on Washington Examiner.
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Harris is an uber-liberal Democrat. Knowing the names of donors to causes not only allows her to target individuals who are on the opposite side of her ideology, but lets her know which Democrats may have contributed to causes she opposes. Besides its lawlessness, what Ms. Harris is doing is just plain creepy.

Not very specific as to what they were marketing.
Kevin Lessmiller reports:
LexisNexis and a police reports website obtained North Carolina Motor Vehicle Department records and illegally used them for marketing purposes, a class action lawsuit claims.
Deloris and Leonard Gaston are licensed drivers living in Charlotte, N.C., who say they were involved in car accidents in Mecklenburg County.
The Gastons sued LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc. and PoliceReports.US LLC earlier this month in North Carolina Federal Court. The class action complaint was filed on behalf of a proposed class of people whose motor vehicle records were obtained by LexisNexis and PoliceReports without their consent.
Read more on Courthouse News.

Perspective. Does this explain why Facebooks wants everyone in the whole world to have access to Facebook for free?
This is how much money you’re worth to Facebook
The social network reported its earnings for its fourth quarter and all of 2015 on Wednesday, revealing in a presentation that it makes an average of $3.73 off of each user around the world. In the United States and Canada, that figure is $13.54, up from $10.49 from the third quarter. That's largely thanks to an increase in mobile and video views — an impressive statistic, considering both are relatively new ventures for Facebook.
… The company also reported that it's making more money than ever from mobile advertising, which now accounts for 80 percent of its revenue. At the end of 2014, mobile advertising comprised just 69 percent of Facebook's ad revenue.

Could this be real? Do they form the breading and then insert the cheese? Curious.
Some McDonald's Mozzarella Sticks Are Missing the Cheese
A lot of McDonald’s customers are complaining that the fast food chain’s new mozzarella sticks are seriously lacking in mozzarella.
People have taken to Twitter to share their ire, accusing the restaurant of selling them what appear to be just fried bread crumbs that are hollowed out and filled with nothing but disappointment.

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