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Target. (And More.)

By now, you’ve probably heard of the “Target Breach”. (A “breach” is when a hacker has broken in and stolen stuff.) And you’ve heard it was bigger than first reported.. Here’s more news:

Customers paying the price after Target breach

Three weeks after news broke that 40 million accounts of Target shoppers were breached in a widespread hack, some customers of smaller banks are beginning to feel the repercussions.Read more..

Target estimates breach affected up to 110 million

The massive data heist at Target stores across the country was more massive than previously revealed, with the retailer saying at least 70 to 110 million customers were hit — making it one of the largest security breaches of its kind.Read more..

* Baby-faced teen suspected in Target data breach that hit 110M

Security company IntelCrawler posted these Web images of a 17-year-old Russian it says may be the architect of the malware that hacked up to 110 million Target customers, and of online chats (left) it used to track him.Read more..

After Target breach, Homeland Security warns retailers

Investigators probing the recent holiday season cyberattack are warning retailers about sophisticated malware that potentially affected a large number of stores.” Read more..

Target breach notifications are a perfect example of what not to do …

It’s bad enough that Target allowed more than 100 million accounts to be compromised, but the retailer’s response to the breach is an exercise …Read more..

The “Internet of things” … well… it’s making a few people rich.

Is anyone else ready – YET – to call ‘cybercrime’ a national (better yet, global) security issue? If not, what’s it going to take?

In other news: I’ve busted the tail – twice. And today, broke a wing off. At this rate, my Hobbyzone Champ is going to be a piece of flying duct tape..

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Today’s quote:If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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January 18, 2014 - Posted by | advice, cloud computing, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, tech | , , , , ,


  1. Thanks for this Paul…a good read with surprise in the depths of the cyber attacks! While Target’s Breeches makes the news; but never with enough detail to warn consumers “just how serious these breeches are; with the easy/various ways one can be hacked.”

    We hear about these attacks in the news and think, “oh…another company has been hit”…then we go on our merry way…with an illusion “that it will never happen to me”!

    …in my comfortable little world… it has not “yet” happened to me… but my neighbors have been hit. Being part of the tech world…I know I am a target for those criminals as well.

    As a precaution against being hacked/scammed…I cut back on my online activity (as my neighbors/friends have.) in the name of safety. I often wonder how many other people have cut back,made changes and…if the Tech World has lost its Charm?


    Comment by Gaia | January 19, 2014 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      It is a very rare thing for me to hear someone express the slightest concern, much less “it’s losing it’s charm”. (I have heard plenty of displeasure with Windows 8, however..) And, most people ‘tune out’ when I try to educate them. Don’t wanna hear it. (And there are generations who know nothing other than tech/Internet.) But I do occasionally hear of people ‘going off the grid’.

      But what we have built, on a foundation never intended or designed for what we are using it for, using devices where security and privacy are late afterthoughts, if thoughts at all, is folly. The other side of that coin is, it may be a broken system, but it’s the only system we have,


      Comment by techpaul | January 19, 2014 | Reply

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