It happened again, yet another U.S. credit and debit card processor’s database was hacked. The hacking was reported by DataBreaches.net and confirmed by the Community Bankers Association (CBA). So far it has been confirmed that all card brands are affected and the evidence indicates that the account numbers, PIN [the security code on the back of the card], and expiration dates were stolen. While fewer account holders were impacted by this breach than last month’s breach at Heartland Payment Systems, it’s still a significant number of account holders inconvenienced. The CBA hasn’t released the name of the processor, pending the completion of a forensic investigation. What is clear is that if you have travelled through the U.S. or used an online payment system that could be linked to a US company, make sure that you check your credit and debt card statements closely.
Microsoft is at it again. Steve Ballmer has reiterated his interest in landing a search deal with Yahoo during a midyear strategic update with analysts on Tuesday, according to CNBC. While Ballmer appears to be willing to try again for a deal, the new CEO, Carol Bartz, has simply ignored all overtures to initiate discussions. I guess that Microsoft will have to continue with plan B, hiring Yahoo employees one at a time.
On another Microsoft note, They are reported to be investing in research and development. Yes that’s right. Microsoft has announced, via Rick Rashid the head of Microsoft research for Microsoft, that “It’s really about an investment in survival” and that it’s due to this research investment that Microsoft has survived for as long as it has. Can’t argue with that logic, I just hope that it’s reflected in their product on the next release.
And to wrap up, Adobe has released a patch for its Flash player hole this week. The vulnerability is a critical one for anyone with Adobe Flash Player version10.0.12.36 or earlier. Information on the patch is available here. Please take a minute to check and update your flash player as it prevents access to your systems and your data.
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