JPMorgan Chase data breach exposed half a million customers' data ( NeoWin 2013-12-09 )
JPMorgan Chase is the latest in a long line of companies to suffer a server breach exposing customer data; this time around, 465,000 customers may have had their personal details stolen from the banking giant.
The company played down the extent of the breach, saying that only a "small amount" of data was taken and that, while card numbers may have been exposed, it did not believe critical personal information such as birth dates and email addresses had been exposed. Even so, JPMorgan Chase is notifying affected customers through email starting Monday; the process is expected to take a few days.
Another day another hack, and another content-free statement from the company. Without knowing the real facts we can't say whether the company is a victim here, because they may have done it all on the cheap, no encryption, no security, whatever. The actual victims are the cardholders, but even that is stretching it if these customers really expects that the company cares about security in the first place. It's a case of blind leading the blind, or sheeple leading sheeple with lots of wolves crouching out of sight picking off targets at will. This begs the question, if the world's largest banks and credit card companies are sitting ducks and the most sensitive data is routinely captured, then why on Earth would we want to add more stuff to the cloud like personal networked devices or home security monitoring equipment?
The first commenter at NeoWin asks a good question IMHO ...
Does this fall under financial or economical terrorism and the NSA can then use their data to bring down the breaching parties?
Or are many of these attacks because of the backdoors required by the NSA?
I feel like this will get worse and worse over time.
Exactly. How is it possible for any of these hackers to not be instantly nailed unless our government protectors simply don't give a crap ... or are once again afraid to use the information because it might disclose methods ( like the WWII codebreakers ). Ummm, that horse has left the barn, eh?The FBI can turn on your webcam without you knowing ( NeoWin 2013-12-09 )
Here's the NeoWin coverage of the webcam story mentioned earlier. I thought you guys would like to get a glimpse into the minds of the NeoKids, obedient little sheeple already well broken in and ripe for shearing. No story, not even one about using your webcam to watch and listen is enough to penetrate their protective force field rationalizing everything in exchange for the promise of shinier toys.
In fact, many of them in the comments go to great lengths to exculpate Xbox and Kinect as possible spy avenues using various bogus analogies and comparisons. Then, as fate would have it, along comes this next story ..Government agents reportedly spied on World of Warcraft and Xbox Live gamers ( TechSpot 2013-12-09 )NSA Has Secret Agents Planted Inside World of Warcraft? ( Tom's Hardware 2013-12-09 )NSA, GCHQ Caught Spying on Online Games ( Tom's Hardware 2013-12-09 )Report: Xbox Live among online gaming services infiltrated by NSA ( NeoWin 2013-12-09 )
According to leaked Snowden documents, American and British intelligence agents have virtually infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life. Based on reports from The Guardian and The New York Times, documents dating back to 2008 point at agents creating anonymous characters inside of both game worlds in order to keep tabs on fake gamers.
Apparently the reasoning is that nefarious individuals and even those involved in possible terrorist activities could be using the anonymity of these MMOs to secretly communicate, plan attacks and even transfer funds.
The documents, which were first created in 2008, were published by The Guardian today. Titled "Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments", it states that services like Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, Second Life and many other online gaming communities were considered to be a "target-rich communications network" for agents to enter and find terrorists.
So ironic to see this story after so many NeoKids circled the wagons protecting Xbox and Kinect in that other thread. I feel a little sorry for these kids though, because it is only a matter of time until stories about spooks exploiting the abilities of Kinect become public.