Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'
I wish news reports and articles would stop calling Stuxnet the first known cyber weapon. I can understand why they don't count DDoS or website defacements, because those don't cause permanent or physical destruction. Yet, other worms have caused computers to become permanently inoperable, or required computers to be replaced, because their integrity could be no longer be trusted. I suppose those could be excluded, because they didn't cause a bang or create smoke. But, what about the Siberian pipeline explosion in 1982? That infection was not transmitted over the Internet, yet apparently neither was Stuxnet. There must be other examples as well.
Neiman Marcus and Other Retailers Breached, Credit Card Details Stolen
In Australia stores accept chip, swipe, and wireless (you wave it over a pad, it doesn't even ask for a pin number). Unless you specifically mention the security level of each during a transaction, the majority of customers prefer the less secure methods - wireless PayPass and swipe. This is because those two are slightly faster, and they can put the card back in their wallet while it processes. They groan and make a fuss at stores where smart chips are set as the mandatory first attempt. Paying with cash is secure AND remains the fastest transaction, but people find carrying notes and coins to be inconvenient.
Every time I see the Secret Service working on these cases, I remember Albert Gonzalez from the major TJ Maxx credit card theft incident. He was on the secret service payroll at the time, in a Frank Abagnale type prison-work release.
Our Love/Hate Relationship With Wikipedia
Intriguing; I mentioned the Slashdot Subculture page in my front page Digg submission just 10 hours ago. Did you read that, or is it synchronicity?
I enjoyed reading 'Slashdot Subculture', and I thought it was well done. It was the only all in one source for that information. When I first joined Slashdot I could tell that I was missing the inside jokes. That article helped me understand what the hell people were talking about, and it showed me that the comments can be an intricate form of art. It improved my appreciation of this site.
Here are the the votes for deletion of the Slashdot subculture page found via the Digg comments.