Target Data Breach Update -  Encrypted Pin Numbers Stolen, Further Fallout from Target Data Breach

On December 25, 2013, Reuters reported that the thieves who stole millions of Target customers’ credit card and debit card information were also able to steal encrypted debit card PIN numbers. If the thieves are able to crack the encryption codes for the PIN numbers, they will be able to make withdrawals from customer bank accounts. Target confirmed on December 27, 2013 that PIN numbers were indeed taken, according to CBS MoneyWatch. Target, however, maintains that the PIN numbers are nonetheless safe because that data is encrypted. More »

Target Security Breach Affects Approximately 40 Million Customers who Used Credit or Debit Cards at Target Stores
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Dylan Hughes

On December 19, 2013, Target issued a press release confirming that it had been a victim of a massive security breach regarding stolen credit card and debit card information. The breach affects about 40 million customers who shopped at Target stores from November 27, 2013 through December 15, 2013. The Wall Street Journal also reported that the fact that the breach happened in stores and not online indicates that the machines used to swipe credit cards or debit cards during purchases may have been tampered with. This allows the thieves to create counterfeit cards using the information encoded on the magnetic strip of any credit card or debit card that has been swiped. More »

common farm chicken
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Linh Vuong

Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) public health alert regarding a Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken, the number of illnesses has increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 389 cases of Salmonella infections have been reported as of November 15, 2013. This is an increase from the 362 cases previously reported by the CDC on October 29, 2013. Forty percent of the 389 ill people were hospitalized, a jump from the 38% last reported. According to the CDC, the increased risk of hospitalization may be due to the fact that strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics. More »

Car Safety Investigation - Tesla Model S Sedan Fires Spark Federal Investigation
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Linh Vuong

According to the New York Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is launching a safety investigation into Tesla Motors’ electric Model S sedan. Specifically, the agency will examine whether the car design and its lithium-ion battery pack, which is contained within the floor of the car, are defective. This investigation arises after three Model S cars caught fire in the last six weeks. Two of the fires occurred in the U.S. while the other occurred in Mexico. More »