Monthly Archives: September 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to eliminate a decades-old rule that has prohibited pay-TV providers from airing some home sports games, such as NFL football, if tickets to those games did not sell out.
In a bipartisan 5-0 vote, the FCC did away with a 1975 sports blackout rule that has been backed by the broadcasters and the National Football League but in recent years has faced mounting criticism that it was outdated.
Originally meant to ensure that television broadcasts of sports games did not hurt local ticket sales, the policy has banned cable and satellite providers from carrying sports games in their home markets if a league or a team requires that all or most of the tickets be sold before the game can be shown on TV.
Sports leagues such as the NFL, broadcasters and cable and satellite companies can still privately negotiate blackout agreements. The FCC has said it is often such private agreements, and not the commission’s rules, that prompt home game blackouts.
Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday.
The companies said that in late August or early September, malicious software was installed on networks that process credit and debit card transactions at some of their stores.
Albertsons said the malware may have captured data including account numbers, card expiration dates and the names of cardholders at stores in more than a dozen states. Supervalu said the malware was installed on a network that processes card transactions at several chains, but it believes data was only taken from certain checkout lanes at four Cub Foods stores in Minnesota.
The breach could affect Albertsons stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; Acme Markets stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa; and Shaw’s and Star Markets stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Boise, Idaho-based company has a total of 1,081 stores.
Supervalu Inc. said it believes the malware was only able to capture card data from some checkout lanes at four Cub Foods locations in Minnesota because it had not finished making security improvements at those stores. The company, which is based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, said it thinks it has gotten rid of the malware.
The malware was also installed on a network that processes card transactions at Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores as well as some stand-alone liquor stores, but the company thinks the malware did not capture payment card data from any stores except possibly for the four in Minnesota. Supervalu distributes food to about 1,800 independent stores, runs 1,325 stores under the Save-A-Lot name, and has 190 retail grocery stores under five different brand names, including Cub Foods.
Harley-Davidson is recalling about 126,000 motorcycles over a problem with the clutch that could cause crashes.
Obama Is Getting Shredded For Throwing The Intel Community Under The Bus Over ISIS, “Obama is Bullshitting, or he doesn’t read his own reports”
In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday night, President Barack Obama placed blame squarely at the foot of the U.S. intelligence community for the rise of the extremist group ISIS.
Citing comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Obama said the intelligence community had “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” referring to the rise of ISIS militants in the country’s northeast.
But American spies, experts, and journalists who have been watching the progress of ISIS, the extremist offshoot of al-Qaeda, immediately pushed back against the president’s assessment.
“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq told Eli Lake of the Daily Beast.
McClatchy correspondent Jonathan Landay reported in July that the Obama administration was “well aware of the group’s declared intention to turn its Syrian sanctuary into a springboard from which it would send men and materiel back into Iraq and unleash waves of suicide bombings there.”
The Real Reason Behind Attorney General Eric Holder’s Resignation – Judge Denies Dept of Justice Delay Request
Jimmy John’s said it has learned of a data breach involving credit and debit card data at 216 of its locations, including four in Chicago and more than a dozen in the suburbs.
The Champaign-based sandwich chain said it learned of the breach July 30 and is investigating. Jimmy John’s said it believes that an intruder stole login credentials to remotely access cash register systems.
Breaches occurred at various times from June 16 to Sept. 5. The company said stolen information may include the card number and in some cases the cardholder’s name, verification code and/or the card’s expiration date.
If you believe you’ve been a victim of the breach, Jimmy John’s is offering free credit monitoring and other services.
Microsoft has announced a new wireless dongle to help PC users see apps, photos, and videos on their television screens, called the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.
For a task with so many practical applications — mirroring a PC’s screen onto a TV — actually connecting those two devices has always been more complicated than it should be. The most basic version is to tether a laptop or desktop directly to the TV via an HDMI cable, but that often requires the PC to be within a few feet of the TV, depending on how long your HDMI cable is. Other solutions, such as Intel’s Wireless Display technology are built into many Windows PCs by default, but require a hard-to-find proprietary receiver box, and a less-than-intuitive setup process.
The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter looks and feels a lot like Google’s Chromecast, in that it’s a small stick with an HDMI output plug, connected to a second wire with a USB plug for power (intended for a powered USB port on your TV).
The FBI requires state and local police to keep quiet about the capabilities of a controversial type of surveillance gear that allows law enforcement to eavesdrop on cellphone calls and track individual people based on the signals emitted by their mobile devices, according to a bureau document released recently under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The December 2012 document is a heavily redacted letter between the FBI and police in Tacoma, Wash., as the local department sought to acquire an IMSI catcher, sometimes described as a “fake cellphone tower” because it tricks individual phones into routing their calls and other data through the surveillance equipment. The Takoma police were buying gear produced by Harris Corp., a Florida-based company that makes the StingRay and other IMSI catchers used by law enforcement agencies across the country.
The FBI letter, which was not classified but was designated as “law enforcement sensitive,” told the Tacoma police chief that the Federal Communications Commission authorizes the sale of such surveillance equipment to state and local police departments on the condition that they first sign an FBI “non-disclosure agreement.”