Via the inimitable Brian Krebs, of Krebs on Security, comes reports of insert, thin and mini card skimmers, and the perils of automated banking and commerce for consumers worldwide. The astonishing component to this litany of miscreant evil-doers is the apparent inability of hardware manufacturers' to detect, notify and terminate these devices at will [or, at the very least, reject all cards on the machine when nefarious activities are suspected].
In a fascinating read, via Defense One's Molly O'Toole, comes an apocryphal description - by John Kelly, GEN USMC - targeting our southern border, now known as an 'Existential Threat'. Probably too close to the truth for most of Congress to admit.
"In spring hearings before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Kelly said that budgets cuts are “severely degrading” the military’s ability to defend southern approaches to the U.S border. Last year, he said, his task force was unable to act on nearly 75 percent of illicit trafficking events. “I simply sit and watch it go by,” he said. But the potential threats are even greater. Kelly warned that neglect has created vulnerabilities that can be exploited by terrorist groups, describing a “crime-terror convergence” already seen in Lebanese Hezbollah’s involvement in the region.' - via Defense One's Molly O'Toole
News, via Jordan Valinsky, writing at Gizmodo, detailing the use by some health care facilities - of big data extracts- and focusing on the credit card data contained therein. Perhaps you may be wondering why and how credit card data may be relevant to determining health statistics, stay tuned and examine the Bloomberg Businessweek article where clarity may be provided in regards the use of spending information and illness in homo sapiens spendthriftus.
"According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's currently being used by Carolinas HealthCare System, which is using that type of data to survey the health of its two million members." - via Jordan Valinsky at Gizmodo
This is what we need more of... via the inimitable Brian Krebs, at Krebs On Security, comes the astounding story of Microsoft Corporations' (NasdaqGS: MSFT) Big Stick, as it were; and why, in a highly orchestrated chain of events fraught (in this case, predicated upon an ex-parte restraining order) with technical errors, nearly 4,000,000 web sites have been neutralized.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.* Apparently all the makings [crypto flaws] of an extraordinary breach of sensitive data, this time contained within an enormous number of Android devices, has been discovered. Astonishingly, upwards of eighty-six percentile of all Android devices may be vulnerable.
*[Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' speech of Shakespeare's Henry V, Act III, 1598., evidently all the more relevant today...]