Saturday, February 25, 2017

Clearly, they have no idea.
Yahoo has responded to the letter sent by Republican Senators John Thune, Commerce Committee Chairman, and Jerry Moran, Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security Subcommittee Chairman.  The letter had been sent because the senators felt they weren’t getting enough cooperation from the firm.
You can read Yahoo’s response here (pdf).  See what you think.  The firm hasn’t yet identified the intrusion associated with the recently revealed 2013 incident that compromised over one billion accounts.  They first learned of that one in November 2016 when law enforcement brought them data.
As readers likely know, Yahoo’s claims about state-sponsored actors has been disputed by InfoArmor, who cite evidence from their investigations and operations on the dark web and who provide a different understanding of the breaches.  And while Yahoo did not appear to accept InfoArmor’s findings or claims, the proof is somewhat in the pudding, as it was InfoArmor who subsequently brought evidence of the then-undetected 2013 breach to law enforcement that law enforcement then took to Yahoo.  InfoArmor seemed to know much more about their breaches than the firm did.
So why is Yahoo still claiming state actors were involved in their response to Congress?  Where is that evidence?

Optimistic or naive?  IF you know you are in this database and IF you can find your picture and IF you make a request then that particular picture will be deleted UNLESS it is “necessary for a policing purpose.”  (Like the entire database is necessary?)   
Alan Travis reports:
The home secretary has ordered police forces to delete on request millions of images of innocent people unlawfully retained on a searchable national police database.
A Home Office review published on Friday found that police forces make extensive use of more than 19m pictures and videos, known as custody images, of people they have arrested or questioned on the police national database.
Despite a high court ruling in 2012 that keeping images of innocent people was unlawful, police forces have quietly continued to build up a massive database without any of the controls or privacy safeguards that apply to police DNA and fingerprint databases.
Read more on The Guardian.

Illogical?  Have I lost touch?  Are soda sales really such a large percentage of profits for supermarkets? 
Industry: Philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom
Some Philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they’re gearing up for layoffs because the city’s new tax on soft drinks has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent — worse than the city predicted.
Jeff Brown, who owns six local ShopRite supermarkets, told The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) he expects to cut 300 jobs.  Bob Brockway, chief operating officer of Canada Dry Delaware Valley, has predicted a 20 percent workforce reduction by March.
   Mayor Jim Kenney pushed through the 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened and diet beverages to pay for nearly 2,000 pre-kindergarten slots and other programs.  The tax amounts to $1.44 on a six-pack of 16-ounce bottles.
In dismissing reports of forthcoming layoffs, the Democratic mayor told the Inquirer he doesn’t think it’s possible for the industry “to be any greedier.”  [How to win friends and influence people?  Bob]

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