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Boston Restaurant Group Confirms Credit Card Data Theft | SecurityWeek.Com

Boston Restaurant Group Confirms Credit Card Data Theft | SecurityWeek.Com.

here we go again. This is not good, I’ve not been to boston, so I’m ok. Wow. Anothher breetch so soon. This one happened in Octobeer, and it takes time to investigate.

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Target’s Nightmare Goes On: Encrypted PIN Data Stolen – NYTimes.com

Target’s Nightmare Goes On: Encrypted PIN Data Stolen – NYTimes.com.

This is not good. This article was written today, and I think more will come out as we learn more. Sadly, people did what they normally did, and somewhere, they got hacked in to. Its just going to get worse.

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I’ve been playing with a Window-Eyes app called polyglot

Hey folks,
Some interesting Window-Eyes apps (also know as scripts) have been developed since Window-Eyes has supported various scripting languages. I’ve been always looking for an app or script that would back translate for me at times that I needed it. I’ve used K1000 which used Google Translate. This application uses Microsoft Translate, and while I’m not a fully speaking Spanish person, what I seem to get back is quite interesting, and seems to be about the same. Someone was telling me about NVDA’s translation tool, but I don’t use NVDA, and don’t know if I can get a copy of the tool as a stand alone tool as I hear Google Translate is much better.

I was having some issues with polyglot, and reached out to the developer. It turns out, although its nobodys fault in particular, that both Google Translate and Microsoft Translate treat the Magnatune music the same. Some of Magnatune’s music is in other languages, but they use English spellings to accomplish spelling. That seems to have some issues with translations, but I’m not blaming Magnatune, as I do like the idea. I’ve played around with this app, and it seems pretty good like I say. If there is a person who uses Window-Eyes that needs a back translation, this thing does seem to do the job. Took one piece of Spam and was able to back translate it in to English just to see what it was about.

Just for fun, I’ll take this paragraph and run it through the translater to see if anyone who speaks Spanish can tell me whether the translation is accurate, or how close it is. I’m just curious mainly, nothing more. Don’t worry, this blog will always be in English, I just thought this would be cool to share.


Sólo por diversión, tomaré este párrafo y correr es a través del traductor para ver si alguien que habla a español puede decirme si la traducción es exacta, o cómo cerrarla. Sólo por curiosidad, nada más. No te preocupes, este blog será siempre en inglés, pensé que esto sería genial para compartir.


How is the translation within the ruler tags? Is it good, bad, etc.? Leave your comments on the blog or contact me at tech at menvi.org. Interested in thoughts.

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Re: Virus Alert – Emailed Important Notice From Target-Possible Virus!

To: TruthOrFiction Subscribers

From: TruthOrFiction.com Team

Re: Virus Alert – Emailed Important Notice From Target-Possible Virus!

You may have gotten what appears to be an official email from Target Corporation regarding an unauthorized access to their secured payment card data center.

The warning is real and customers who made credit card or debit card purchases at U.S. stores between November 27 to December 15, 2013 may have been impacted by the data theft.

The email contains a resource of links to various agencies to assist affected customers.

We got such an email today but noticed that the links did not match the URLs in the official notice. We have not confirmed that this email actually came from Target.

If you get such an email DO NOT click any of the links in the message. They could lead to a virus infecting website.

For more details and the official link to the Target Corporation notice go to:
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/t/Target-Important-Notice.htm

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Re: Virus Alert – A Notice to Appear by Email-Fiction! & Possible Virus!

To: TruthOrFiction Subscribers

From: TruthOrFiction.com Team

Re: Virus Alert – A Notice to Appear by Email-Fiction! & Possible Virus!

You may have gotten an email that appears to be an official notice to appear in court that contains an attachment to be opened and printed out to bring to court.

Courts do not send out notices by email. Do not open the attachment. It could infect your computer with a virus.

For more details go to:
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/Court-Notice-To-Appear.htm

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Experts Debate How Hackers Stole 40 Million Card Numbers from Target | SecurityWeek.Com

OK, I ran across an article I thought I’d share in regards to the target security issue. This is just talk right now, and we won’t know for some time what happened, but I think this article should be given a read. I’ve subscribed to the newsletter, so if anything new comes out, and I think its worth sharing, I’ll do that. Check out this article, and leave the thoughts you have on the comment system. Its free and easy. Please no bashing.

Experts Debate How Hackers Stole 40 Million Card Numbers from Target | SecurityWeek.Com.

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The case against Kim Dotcom, finally revealed | Ars Technica

The case against Kim Dotcom, finally revealed | Ars Technica.

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The target credit card security issue

Hi folks,
I was going to do a podcast about this, but don’t exactly know how to do this. The mainstream media has been recording a big security issue with Target and their credit card payment processing system which had some 40 million credit and debit card data stolen between November 27, 2013 and December 15, 2013. According to reports, the issue has been resolved. You can search for this and find lots of coverage about it. According to one trend Micro report I read, we’re to see one of these types of reports once a month. They didn’t necessarily say credit card and debit card security issues, but these types of things that are like it. Since this blog and podcast seem to be geared to blind people, we especially need to be mindful on what we spend, and how much we spend. We need to be checking our statements on a frequent basis to determine whether everything we have done was done by us. I’m sure that we’ll be hearing more about these types of things in main stream media, so there isn’t much I can really do. This seems to be a nationwide issue, where the issue effected stores nationwide. Please be safe out there. Reports have come in indicating there are cards out even from outside the U.S. who baught things inside the U.S. target stores that may be effected. These credit card and debit card numbers are being sold online underground. There’s nothing we can do but be causcious and check out our statements and ongoing activity on a regular basis to determine if everything is OK. The major credit card companies may have messages about this issue on their web site. Please call your issuing bank for more help. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Hi jared.
Well here are my comments on the articles.
Gps for earthquakes.
Interesting, we do something like this in new zealand, stuff appears instantly online and we can view it even I can do so.
the maps are ofcause visual but still.
You get all the main points.
how strong it is where its located and all that.
As for the italian piracy laws it does appear that the article does hint on models round not having pirate sites a thing lacking locally.
And then my issue is what does constatute as a pirate site.
That could be as little as anyones personal site that uses anything not made or purchaced to be used on whatever which is not our own.
To dropbox, youtube and anything that is not liked by anyone.
The fact that a large corperation seems to do it itself really opens it to others making their own laws.
Especially if they pay the government to turn a blind eye to thing we could have our own corruption war.
And since its not law they don’t have to keep the law.
I think its a bit harsh, though itily does have harsh legislation and is probably ready to upgrade to the next digital point.
They are thinking of what will fill the gap without pirate sites.
The other issue I do have is torrents.
Some of these are lagit and torrenting is used legally to store archived files over many locations and share things as such.
So technically torrenting is bad.
I have and most have avoided torrenting I get most of my music at youtube with a free downloader.
They can’t stop that.
My dad uses itunes
My brother uses spotify premium.
He got it to listen to stuff and used to pull songs from net sites till I showed him how cheap it was.
Most of my music is free stuff off bandcamp and a few other places.
The other issue is that those that make stuff are really greedy.
In the latest look at the riaa site, all the digital sales they have is not even enough to satisfy things.
Piracy is
1. backing up your data unless you are allowed to back it up.
2. putting a cd of music to your ipod.
3. giving a friend your cd to listen to or a copy of your cd.
4. Downloading and or uploading pirated content.
5. storing anything which they don’t actually like.
As you can see the first 3 points really don’t leave you with much.
You can either do as they say and hope your system does not crash and you loose everything or ignore them which is what I have done largely to the most extent of the current law.
What really angers me is the supposed extra business models to have come out.
A few digital stores, ok.
Some pay per view stuff, ok.
Stuff streamed off youtube and other places.
Fine.
However buying the physical cd is sometimes cheaper than itunes.

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California to Test GPS Earthquake Warning System : Discovery News

California to Test GPS Earthquake Warning System : Discovery News.

This is interesting. I wonder if someone who was blind who was in the field could take advantage of this. This sounds really cool.

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Measures to Black Out Pirate Sites Unanimously Approved | TorrentFreak

Measures to Black Out Pirate Sites Unanimously Approved | TorrentFreak.

I think this is a little harsh, but the main question is should this work seeing it never went through government process? This is what the U.S. is fighting with sopa and pippa and other similar legislation where things like this is not cool.

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review of the agomo beta

Hi all.
Well some whiles ago, I decided to sign up for the beta of the agomo,
the new cloud solution from piriform.
I do use defragler and ccleaner extensively all the time but a few of
my systems are not in range, if I could remotely schedual cleaning
and other stuff for all my networked systems then that would really
be good espcially since I can’t always get to some of them.
It would also help when I was busy or they were busy to get access
to functions should the need arrise.

On this test I used ie11, on windows 7 with all updates installed.
I was using one of the latest i5 toshiba satelites the c850 which is
still selling ok.
Now, the first steps.
notifications and getting the invite easy as.
Registering for access was interesting.
The only thing I found either annoying or quite good you be the judge
is the fact you need some letters in your password to have capitals.
as well as numbers.
I had never had a site do this but after doing it for what I had
chosen, it all worked.
No capchas or anything.
2. downloaded and then using erunt made a backup registry.
installed the agomo client which installed ok.
linked my system was notified by the link by the software and via
email of the event in the cloud account and on my event log on the
cloud webpage.
Now here is where it gets interesting.
Most of the functions are done via the site.
This is fine there are links to just about every function,
information is displayed below.
There are some issues, these issues lead me to ultimately uninstall
and revert my registry, clear the junk anda few other things to make
sure no one had access to my computer.
I found the list of links on the page quite hard to access especially
since some of them didn’t seem to look like they clicked.
things were not as accessable as I thought though you clearly had
access to several tabs.
I could not access the program without using my comercial reader
which was not nvda and using its vertual function.
most everything was not present, ccleaner could be run, and a preffs
dialog and a few other things.
As far as I know though, I don’t really know as I didn’t even check
the dialog.
I was hoping for a client one could run anywhere that displayed a
list of functions that was all included and that I could easilly navigate.
I unlinked the system, uninstalled the software and roled back my system.
The software has potentual but we may not be able to access it.
In short if you are using ccleaner or defragler then continue to do so.
This service may improve over time.

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Help Bring Privacy Laws Into 21st Century — Krebs on Security

Help Bring Privacy Laws Into 21st Century — Krebs on Security.

We might want to check this out and now is the time.

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ms update

Hi.
another certifficate has been mis issued
really beginning to hate this its bad enough we trust these people to keep us secure and they screw up again.
and what is with all these remote execution, and disclosure updates that seem to be on a monthly basis.
what is the logic.

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Re: eRumor Alert – Christmas Tree App on Facebook Virus Warning-Fiction!

This came from truth or fiction, thought you should see this.

To: TruthOrFiction Subscribers

From: TruthOrFiction.com Team

Re: eRumor Alert – Christmas Tree App on Facebook Virus Warning-Fiction!

You may have gotten a forwarded email warning you that a Christmas Tree App that can be downloaded from Facebook is really a Trojan.

This warning has been around for about three years and it is a hoax.

Still, it serves as a good reminder for computer users to always keep their anti-virus software current to prevent any real malware from infecting their systems.

For more details go to:
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/Christmas-Tree-App-Facebook.htm?utm_source=Enews+Alerts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13-12-03-Christmas-Tree-App-Facebook”>http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/Christmas-Tree-App-Facebook.htm?utm_source=Enews+Alerts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13-12-03-Christmas-Tree-App-Facebook

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