I was getting on the web this morning to do my usual troll of the news and came across this article. It’s eerily similar to the style of writing I have been shooting for here with our headlines: short and relevant. So this morning check out this US News article link after you read the rest of the post. Other significant news you may have missed while shoveling snow, scraping ice, or just living the bustle of your normal life: – A cyberattack denied service to various federal courts and prevented attorneys from filing documents for about half a day
– If you know someone in the Midwest, send them some new mittens because the snow in many cities (including H’s Detriot) have had more snow than they get in a typical season at this point and still have two months left to go
– Fallout from the recent theft of Target customers’ credit card information may be a new push for what the rest of the world already uses to encrypt cards. Did you know magnetic strips are considered extremely vulnerable and if you travel abroad most retailers won’t accept these types of credit cards? The worldwide standard is a “chip-and-pin” system where cards have a a chip whose information is encrypted (so even if it’s intercepted it’s unreadable) and customers enter a pin vs. signing. The transition is expensive so has been avoided by many retailers but this recent breach and FBI warnings that more should be expected may tip the scales.
– I know you know when the Superbowl is but don’t forget the Presidents’ State of the Union Address is scheduled for 28 Jan at 9PM EST. You can watch it at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU
– President Obama gave a speech addressing concerns about NSA collection of metadata on Americans and allies (exposed by Snowden). In a nutshell, he said the NSA was responsible in stewardship of the data but that new limits will be placed on the depth of searches and judicial approval will be required to initiate them. Read a transcript here.