Michaels Confirms Malware Attack
At Michaels stores, the attack occurred at various stores between May 8th of last year through January 27th of this year. 2.6 million cards, or 7% of payment cards used, may have been impacted at affected stores.
At Aaron Brothers stores, approximately 400,000 cards were potentially impacted between June 26th of last year through this February 27th.
Michaels is offering free credit monitoring for a year for anyone affected.
Google May Start to Favor Encrypted Sites
FBI Building Huge Facial Recognition Database
According to the EFF, the FBI’s facial recognition database is heading toward a massive 52 million images by 2015. The EFF’s main cause for concern though is the large number of non-criminal facial images included in the database, projected to number around 4.3 million by 2015.
- Read the full story here: FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year
Office 365 ‘Personal’ Now Available at $69.99 Per Year (including iPad)
The Office Personal subscription allows consumers to download and install Office software on one PC or one Mac (including iPad). This is $30.00 less per year, or $3.00 less per month, than the family orientated Office Home subscription. Both the Home and Personal plans include 20GB of additional storage space on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service, along with 60 minutes of paid Skype calls per month. <source>
Year Long Security Breach Uncovered at LaCie Hardware Company
Customer names, addresses, email addresses, credit card numbers and card expiration dates are all at risk, as are usernames and passwords which could also have been accessed. LaCie says it has already moved to require users to reset their passwords, the company began notifying affected customers on April 11th.
Any LaCie customers who suspect they may be affected can read the company’s announcement in full here: LaCie Incident Notification
Encrypted Email Service ‘Lavaboom’ Launches in Beta
The webmail only service will be free to use up to 250MB, but additional paid plans will be offered in the future.
Strangely, weirdly, whateverdly – I have been trying to connect to Lavaboom.com so I can include a link in this report but the site appears to be down for some reason. I don’t suppose the powers that be have caught up with them already? That would be just be too ironic!