October 3, 2013 (WPVI) — Adobe Systems Inc. says a cyberattack on its systems has exposed credit card information of 2.9 million customers.
The maker of Photoshop and other software said Thursday that the attacker accessed Adobe customer IDs and passwords on its systems. Through that, they were able to remove customer names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and other information related to orders from customers worldwide. The company does not believe attackers removed credit and debit card numbers that weren’t encrypted.
Adobe is notifying customers and resetting passwords. It has alerted banks processing Adobe payments to help protect customer accounts. It is also working with federal law enforcement on its related investigation.
“Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today,” Brad Arkin, Adobe’s chief security officer, wrote in a blog post Thursday. “Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers.”
The San Jose, Calif., company says it is also investigating illegal access to the source code of numerous Adobe products and believes the attacks are related.
Adobe shares fell 64 cents to close at $50.88 Thursday and were unchanged in after-hours trading.
Sept. 9, 2013
Last week, an Indianapolis woman was able to defend herself and her property by having a firearm at her disposal when she needed it most.
“Kari Bird just started law school and continues to work full time,” reported Indiana’s Fox 59. “Bird got home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and when she got out of her car, a group of three or four young guys approached her.”
Bird says one of the men smiled before pulling a gun on her, then demanded her keys.
As she turned over her keys, she realized her costly possessions were about to be forfeited. It was then, Bird says, she remembered the firearm stored in her car’s center console.
Bird says she grabbed her gun and pointed it at them.
“(He said), ‘Oh s***’ and they ran,” Bird said.
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the roving band of teen miscreants. “The one who pulled the gun is described as husky, wearing a black hoody over a light shirt,” Fox 59 reported.
As noted in a report sponsored by the Justice Department, about 40 percent of criminals say they had “decided not to do a crime because they knew or believed that their intended victim was armed.”
Bird’s tale has earned her a place on the website GunsSaveLives.net’s Stories of Self Defense map which pinpoints areas in the United States where crimes have been thwarted by responsible gun owners. The map depicts hundreds of instances in the United States in which guns were used to defend one’s life or property.
Guns Save Lives.net’s Stories of Self Defense map.
GENEVA (AFP) – Aid workers who carried out an emergency mission to the north of strife-torn Central African Republic found villages abandoned and burned, and evidence of widespread rights abuses, the UN refugee agency said Friday.
“The UNHCR team confirmed widespread lawlessness in the region. Local people spoke of physical assaults, extortion, looting, arbitrary arrest and torture by armed men,” said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
The team travelled to a region some 500 kilometres (310 miles) north of the capital Bangui last week.
“We are, in general, increasingly worried about the civilians caught in the middle of the fighting and who are at the mercy of anyone with a gun,” she said, adding it remained unclear who was fighting.
Worshippers think $150,000 worth was pinched Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Springfield, Mass. Communion dishes, microphone stands, the PA system, organ, silverware and documents were taken, they say.
Holy Temple Church of God in Christ was hit last week in Springfield, Mass., leaving the community reeling.
SOURCE – They took everything but the pews.
A Massachusetts church has been left reeling after thieves ransacked the entire building.
Religious items were taken in the heist, along with microphone stands.
The PA system, organ, communion dishes, microphone stands, silverware and documents were all taken when Springfield’s Holy Temple Church of God in Christ was hit last week.
Worshippers think $150,000 worth was pinched from the Bay Street holy house.
ECB ratchets up pressure as party leaders met to agree a package that would satisfy its eurozone partners and the IMF
The Guardian, Thursday 21 March 2013
Cypriot politicians were racing to agree details of a “plan B” to rescue their economy on Thursday night, after the European Central Bank threatened to withdraw support for the country’s banking sector if a bailout was not agreed by Monday.
The country’s second-largest bank, Laiki, is to be restructured as part of the plan. It will avert bankrupcy and protect savers with up to €100,000, according to the country’s central bank governor, Panicos Demetriades.
The move came hours after the ECB ratcheted up the pressure on Nicosia as party leaders met to agree a package that would satisfy its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund. Tensions were rising on the streets, with crowds of bank workers demonstrating near the parliament building in Nicosia following reports that its second largest lender, Laiki, would be shut down and split into a good and bad bank.
On Thursday afternoon the president, Nicos Anastasiades, said parliament would receive a bill by the end of the night, outlining the creation of a state investment fund to meet the ECB’s ultimatum to raise billions of euros or face the loss of the bailout money and the collapse of its banking sector.
Another bill will pave the way for the imposition of capital controls – restrictions on taking money out of the country’s banks – according to reports from Nicosia.
The ECB confirmed it would not provide emergency liquidity assistance to the island’s banking sector beyond 25 March, unless a bailout had been agreed. Without its support, Cyprus‘s two largest banks, Bank of Cyprus and Laiki, could collapse.
There were lengthy queues at many Laiki cash machines on Thursday as banks and the domestic stock market remained closed.
The eurogroup of finance ministers were scheduled to hold a conference call from 6pm GMT on Thursday to discuss the situation in Cyprus.
Cypriot political leaders were involved in emergency talks on Thursday morning to find a way to raise the €6bn (£5.1bn) demanded by the IMF and EU in return for a €10bn bailout.
Averof Neophytou, the deputy leader of the ruling Disy party, confirmed the leaders had agreed to create the solidarity fund. Details of the scheme were not released, but it was believed the fund could use Cyprus’s energy resources as collateral, or include state assets, pension funds or the property of the Church of Cyprus. A vote on the package could come as early as Thursday night.
Parliamentary speaker Yiannakis Omirou, who leads the small Edek socialist party, said the issue of taxing bank deposits had not been discussed during the meeting, suggesting a savings levy could be off the agenda.
Two days ago, the parliament rejected the plan for a 6.75% tax on savers with more than €20,000 in the bank, rising to 9.9% for those with more than €100,000.
The ECB said a continuation of its emergency liquidity assistance “could only be considered if an EU/IMF programme is in place that would ensure the solvency of the concerned banks”.
Speaking after the ECB issued its ultimatum, Cyprus’s central bank governor said he was confident the country would reach a deal in time. “We will have a programme of support for Cyprus by Monday,” said Demetriades.
The Cypriot finance minister, Michael Sarris, has been in Moscow since Tuesday in an attempt to secure a rescue package, but hopes for a Kremlin-brokered deal appeared to be fading, as negotiations between Sarris and his Russian counterpart looked set to enter a third day with no results.
For the first time, Nicosia showed a public willingness to offer access to financial assets and gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean as part of any agreement. “Understandably, if there is to be help, it has to be connected with a number of economic activities,” said Sarris ahead of discussions with Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov.
Russian officials have sought to downplay talk of large amounts of corrupt cash flowing through Cyprus, but the Mediterranean island is thought to play a key role in Russian money laundering operations.
The Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medevdev, has intensified his criticism of the idea of a compulsory levy on deposits in Cyprus, where Russian citizens are estimated to hold up to $19bn, and said the plan “looked like theft”.
Medvedev interrupted a conference in Moscow to read the news from his iPad that the Cypriot parliament had decided to drop the compulsory tax proposal — and the announcement was met with applause and shouts of “hurrah!” from delegates.
Despite alarm over possible expropriation, the Cypriot appeal to Moscow has given Russia an unprecedented opportunity to exert influence in an internal European Union matter. “It’s an opportunity for the Russians to make a major play,” said one western banker in Moscow.
But the parameters of any deal remain unclear. State-owned gas giant Gazprom is unlikely to be interested in operating Cypriot gas fields in the context of an over-supplied European market, according to Ildar Davletshin, an oil and gas analyst at Renaissance Capital in Moscow.
Russia’s three biggest state-owned banks — Sberbank, VTB and Gazprombank — have all denied they are interested in buying financial assets in Cyprus.
Cyprus has recently discovered significant offshore gas deposits, and major energy companies have shown an interest in tapping those resources.
With the Monday deadline imposed by the ECB, time is running out for Cyprus to conclude an agreement with the Kremlin, according to Dmitry Polevoy, ING Bank’s chief economist in Russia. “All these deals [involving energy or banking assets] require intensive due diligence processes … and usually require much more time than Cyprus has,” he said.
“But Russia is a country of surprises and nobody knows what is really at stake and whose money is at risk,” he added.
Medvedev also sought to find more unorthodox benefits for Russia in Cyprus’s crisis. The Kremlin should develop islands, including the Kurils and Sakhalin, off the country’s far east Pacific coast as alternative offshore banking destinations, Medvedev said.
Russian sovereignty of the Kuril Islands is disputed by Japan, while Sakhalin is the site of a former Tsarist penal colony.
The implementation of such a plan would have “ruinous consequences for Russia’s financial system,” former finance minister Aleksei Kudrin wrote on Twitter.