Coffee can be super-geeky when you want it to be. Not everyone is content with Nespresso or Keurig, but while drip methods can be simple and still deliver far greater results, winning awards for your brewing takes a little extra work. 2014 North East Brewers Cup champion Todd Carmichael has one such method, snatching first prize with a convoluted but fun double-filtering system that's likely to prove divisive for coffee enthusiasts. Check out the video after the cut.
Crafts retailer Michaels is the latest company to suffer a credit card breach, warning customers that it is investigating the potential theft of payment details. The retailer, which operates around 1,250 stores in the US, has not disclosed how many customers it believes have been affected, nor whether the breach was in physical locations, online, or both; it is now working with federal law enforcement and data security experts to ascertain the extent of the damage, Michaels confirmed in a statement provided to researcher Brian Krebs.
Hackers are constantly targeting the social media and websites of major corporations and organizations. In October of last year, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into President Obama's social media accounts. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is at it again with a new hack in to social media accounts.
The Neiman Marcus hack saw potentially 1.1m credit card details stolen, the high-end retailer has admitted, though claims no online customers were impacted nor PINs stolen. "The malware actively attempted to collect or "scrape" payment card data from July 16, 2013 to October 30, 2013" Neiman Marcus president and CEO Karen Katz wrote in an open letter to customers, though so far credit card companies have said only around 2,400 cards have actually seen fraudulent activity as a result. Still, the retailer has offered a make-up deal to anyone who shopped there between January 2013 and 2014.
The Chinese government announced this week that it believes an internet outage that has hit the country is the result of a cyber attack. Web users within the country were unable to reach certain websites starting around 3:20pm local time on January 21 according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Center. That response center has issued a preliminary conclusion that the outage was caused by a cyber attack.
Vital control systems used by energy, water, and transportation are ill-prepared to cope with online terrorism and hacking threats, the EU's cyber security agency has warned, blaming patchy and inconsistent testing for what could be a potential infrastructure disaster. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are "often outdated" ENISA points out, while their expected lifespan of 20 years or more fails to incorporate the sort of security features essential to withstand cyber-terrorism attacks.
SplashData, makers of the SplashID Safe password management software, has just published its list of 25 worst passwords of 2013. Climbing up the list from second to first is "123456", switching places with 2012's champion, "password", now at second place.
The Internet of Things is something that has been around for a number of years now. The Internet of Things takes many of the items we all have around the home and puts them online. Items like smart TVs, washers and dryers, thermostats, and even refrigerators are some of the items that make up the Internet of Things.
Most of the talk of retailers being hacked over the last several months has been of the massive data breach that included credit card details at Target. We mentioned last week that Target wasn’t the only retailer that had suffered a significant data breach. Neiman Marcus was also hacked and private data on customers was stolen.