Thursday, July 12, 2018

Yet another example of people using the same password on multiple systems.
Macy's data breach exposes customers' credit card info
Macy's says cyberthieves hacked the accounts of thousands of the retailer's online customers, compromising people's full names as well as their credit card numbers and expiration dates.
The attack, which occurred over roughly six weeks between the end of April and the beginning of June before being shut down, affected consumers registered on or Logins and passwords were taken from sites unrelated to the retailers and then used to access data on both sites.

Some things that Computer Security can address and some that it can’t.
80 percent of IT decision makers say outdated tech is holding them back
betanews: “A study by analysts Vanson Bourne for self service automation specialist SnapLogic looks at the data priorities and investment plans of IT decision makers, along with what’s holding them back from maximizing value. Among the findings are that 80 percent of those surveyed report that outdated technology holds their organization back from taking advantage of new data-driven opportunities. Also that trust and quality issues slow progress, with only 29 percent of respondents having complete trust in the quality of their organization’s data. Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) say they face unprecedented volumes of data but struggle to generate useful insights from it, estimating that they use only about half (51 percent) of the data they collect or generate. What’s more, respondents estimate that less than half (48 percent) of all business decisions are based on data. Those surveyed report spending nearly one-fifth (19.5 percent) of their time simply working on data and getting it ready for use. This includes low-level tasks such as manually integrating datasets, apps and systems, as well as building and maintaining custom APIs…”

I wonder what kinds of ads these people got? NOTE: There is no reason to think the Russian government can’t do this themselves.
Facebook labels Russian users as ‘interested in treason’
Facebook’s advertising tools algorithmically labelled 65,000 Russians as interested in treason, potentially putting them at risk from the repressive state, until the company removed the category, following inquiries from journalists.
The labelling raises new concerns over data-driven profiling and targeting of users on the website, which has already faced criticism for the same tool algorithmically inferring information about users’ race, sexuality and political views despite data protection legislation requiring explicit consent to hold such information.
Facebook said the label was intended to only identify historical treason.

GDPR according to California?
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Late last month, California passed a sweeping consumer privacy law that might force significant changes on companies that deal in personal data — and especially those operating in the digital space. The law’s passage comes on the heels of a few days of intense negotiation among privacy advocates, technology startups, network providers, Silicon Valley internet companies, and others. Those discussions have resulted in what many are describing as a landmark policy constituting the most stringent data protection regime in the United States.
The new law — the California Consumer Privacy Act, A.B. 375 — affords California residents an array of new rights, starting with the right to be informed about what kinds of personal data companies have collected and why it was collected. Among other novel protections, the law stipulates that consumers have the right to request the deletion of personal information, opt out of the sale of personal information, and access the personal information in a “readily useable format” that enables its transfer to third parties without hindrance.

This is focused?
Trump orders Justice Dept. task force to investigate wide range of fraud
… The Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud was prompted by Trump's order and is designed to work as a unified effort by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission.
Other federal agencies, including all Cabinet-level entities and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, will target crime in a range of areas, from healthcare to financial markets and digital currencies.
… "We expect to focus on cases involving fraud against the government, the financial markets, and consumers; procurement and grant fraud; securities and commodities fraud; digital currency fraud; money laundering; healthcare fraud; tax fraud; and other financial crimes," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said as he introduced the task force Wednesday.

Are we moving toward a jury of 12 AIs?
Algorithms and Justice
I. Introduction
Our work on “Algorithms and Justice,” as part of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative, explores ways in which government institutions are increasingly using artificial intelligence, algorithms, and machine learning technologies in their decision making processes

Microsoft Is Smoking Amazon In The Cloud
  • Microsoft's Azure has grown at an exceptional pace over the past several quarters now, outstripping Amazon Web Services' growth rates.
  • Also, it seems like customers are using more than one public cloud platform. It's a favorable industry dynamic for companies operating in the segment.
  • Overall, Microsoft's Azure seems to have a lot more growth potential.

The alternative transport world. (Next: Rent a horse?)
Portland’s Scooter Tax Is Super High, and That’s Fine
You may have heard that private shared e-scooters—parked alongside the sidewalk by each successive user, waiting to be located and rented with the smartphone of the next—are the new hotness in the rapidly expanding universe of battery-powered “micromobility.” In the last 14 days, shared scooter fleets have launched in Dallas, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Milwaukee and San Antonio. Bird, the 11-month-old company behind all those launches, raised its latest $300 million two weeks ago in a deal that could potentially make it one of the fastest-growing companies in U.S. history. On Monday, Bird’s main competitor Lime locked up a $335 million round of its own.
Last week, Portland announced the terms by which it’d become the first city in the Northwest to license shared e-scooters, starting July 23.
To those watching closely, Portland’s usage fee was eye-popping: 25 cents per trip.
That’s a big slice of each rental. The going rate to ride an e-scooter is currently $1 per trip plus 15 cents per minute.
There are various regulatory terms, too. Notably, Portland is setting an overall cap of 2,500 e-scooters in the city, and requiring at least 20 percent to be deployed to lower-income East Portland.

(Related) Why limit the number of companies that could pay a license fee?
Denver’s dockless scooter pilot program prompts permit applications from 7 companies
… Those companies include Lime and Bird, as well as ride-sharing giant Lyft, and a few other familiar names: Spin, Razor, Skoot and Jump.
Lyft also submitted a permit application for bikes, alongside Jump, Zagster and Ofo.
… Denver Public Works will grant permits to a maximum of five scooter-sharing companies and five bike-sharing companies. Each business will be allowed to release 250 scooters or 400 bikes in the city.

I’m a bit rusty, but apparently I should brush up a bit.
Google’s Gboard keyboard now lets you communicate through Morse code on both Android and iOS
… When activated, Morse code fills the keyboard area with two large dot and dash icons. As you tap the icons, word suggestions will appear at the top of the on-screen keyboard just as they do when you’re using the QWERTY version. Google has created a Morse Typing Trainer game that it says can teach users Morse code in under an hour. You can play it on both mobile and desktop.

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