Sunday, October 02, 2016
Perhaps I should start awarding metals to hackers who manage to do something outside the norm, like remain undetected for years… Or I could award the hacked companies for immediately “enhancing” their security – no doubt by doing what they “could not afford” before the breach.
Hutton Hotel in Nashville is notifying guests of a that first began on September 23, 2012.
In their notification, they write that after being alerted to a potential problem by their payment processor, their outside consultants determined that unknown individuals had been able to install a program on the payment processing system in September 2012.
The program could have affected payment card data—including cardholder name, payment card account number, card expiration date, and verification code—of guests who used a payment card to pay for or place hotel reservations during the period from September 19, 2012 to April 16, 2015, or who made purchases at the onsite food and beverage outlets from November 15, 2015 to June 10, 2016.
In response to the breach, Hutton Hotel says that they have implemented enhanced security measures, including the use of stand-alone payment processing devices. They also notified law enforcement, and are working closely with the payment card companies to identify potentially affected cards so that the card issuers can be made aware and initiate heightened monitoring on those accounts.
I’m not going very far out on a limb here, but I suspect we’ll see many more DDoS attacks, since the IoT devices can’t be upgraded to remove the vulnerability. Should the manufacturers be held liable?
Source Code for IoT Botnet ‘Mirai’ Released
The source code that powers the “Internet of Things” (IoT) botnet responsible for launching the historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against KrebsOnSecurity last month has been publicly released, virtually guaranteeing that the Internet will soon be flooded with attacks from many new botnets powered by insecure routers, IP cameras, digital video recorders and other easily hackable devices.
Interesting how useful encryption is.
Apple CEO emphasizes privacy issues during Utah visit
Apple CEO Tim Cook says encryption continues to be one of the biggest issues facing his company, which is not backing down on protecting privacy.
Oh the horror! Think of it a carpal tunnel syndrome for the whole body.
Out of Hand
… To be a perpetually plugged-in, emailing, texting, sexting, swiping, Snapchatting, selfie-taking human being in 2016, a little thumb twinge is the price of admission. There are the media-anointed outliers: the Candy Crusher with a ruptured thumb tendon, the woman who over-texted her way to “WhatsAppitis.” And then there are people like the 18-year-old woman who said, “If I’m scrolling down Tumblr for more than half an hour, my fingers will get sore.” “When I hold my phone,” a 22-year-old complained, cradling her iPhone in her palm, “my bottom finger really hurts.” A 30-year-old software engineer said his fingers “naturally curl inwards,” claw-like: “I remember my hand did not quite use to be like that.” Amy Luo, 27, suspects her iPhone 6s is partly to blame for the numbness in her right thumb and wrist. Compared with her old iPhone, she said, “you have to stretch a lot more, and it’s heavier.” Dr. Patrick Lang, a San Francisco hand surgeon, sees more and more twenty- and thirtysomething tech employees with inexplicable debilitating pain in their upper limbs. “I consider it like an epidemic,” he said, “particularly in this city.”
It’s always the same: change, change, change. And I bet no one saw this coming.
Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks
Users around the world are logging in to messaging apps to not only chat with friends but also to connect with brands, browse merchandise, and watch content. What were once simple services for exchanging messages, pictures, videos, and GIFs have evolved into expansive ecosystems with their own developers, apps, and APIs.
… The combined user base of the top four chat apps is larger than the combined user base of the top four social networks. Chat apps also have higher retention and usage rates than most mobile apps. Finally, the majority of their users are young, an extremely important demographic for brands, advertisers and publishers.