Target vendor is possible portal for data hackers

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

Investigators are zeroing in on a Target vendor as the portal for data hackers. Jim Spencer of the Strib says: “Details of how the attackers were able to access payment card and personal information from as many as 110 million Target customers late last year have been slow to emerge. But as [CFO John] Mulligan appeared for a second day on Capitol Hill, the blogger who first revealed the breach quoted sources saying the attackers gained access to the network credentials of a Pennsylvania provider of refrigeration and ventilation systems. KrebsOnSecurity reported that attackers first broke into the retailer’s network Nov. 15 using network credentials stolen from Fazio Mechanical Services of Sharpsburg, Pa.”

That “Biggest Loser” flap continues on … and on. For the AP, Steve Karnowski and Jeff Baenen write: “Joanne Ikeda, a dietitian and retired faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, added that focus needs to be on embracing body-size diversity. ‘We are just obsessed with body size, women particularly. There’s just tremendous body dissatisfaction,’ Ikeda said. ‘I’m sure even if she was the exact right size, someone wouldn’t like the look of her fingers or the length of her hair.’ ‘We should be happy we don’t all look like Barbie and Ken,’ she said.”

Talking ammo … Zach Kayser of the Forum News Service writes: “The hot topic at a Minnesota Wildlife Society panel discussion held Wednesday … in Bemidji was finding a solution to the issue of bald eagles eating lead bullet and shotgun slug fragments while scavenging for food. Options for putting eagles on a lead-free diet include a mandatory ban on lead ammunition as well as a voluntary approach that lets hunters learn about non-lead alternatives such as copper bullets. During Tuesday’s events, scientists presented data that showed a significant percentage of dead eagles found with lead bullets in their digestive systems and a toxic level of lead in their bodies.”

The stolen Stradivarius has been recovered … Ashley Luthern of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: “The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken in an armed robbery last month has been found and will be returned to its owner later Thursday, authorities said … The three suspects — two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 — were arrested Monday morning … and remain in police custody. Police Chief Edward Flynn said the violin was found in a suitcase in an attic of a residence, with the help of tips from citizens and information received from Taser International about the stun gun used in the robbery.”

Also in the Journal-Sentinel, Bruce Vielmetti says: “The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group ‘devoted to preserving civil liberties in the digital realm,’ has asked Wisconsin’s Supreme Court to hear the appeal of a teenager found delinquent for posting a crude rap song about his Spanish teacher on YouTube. ‘The case is of special interest to EFF because it believes that incautiously interpreted ‘harassment’ laws improperly restrict online speech that should receive full First Amendment protections,’ reads a Friend of the Court brief.” I would never have graduated from high school if YouTube existed in 1922.

Another side effect of “drill, baby, drill” … Says David Schaper of NPR: “Oil business in North Dakota is creating some big headaches for Amtrak travelers. Trains on the popular Empire Builder route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest are often delayed for hours. One reason for the congestion is an influx of trains hauling crude oil across the Northern Plains. The delays are becoming so bad that a passenger group now wants the U.S. transportation secretary to intervene.”

Good to go … Ben Goessling of ESPN reports: “Mike Priefer, who’s been accused by former punter Chris Kluwe of making homophobic remarks during the 2012 season, will keep his job as special teams coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Priefer is part of new coach Mike Zimmer’s staff, which was announced Thursday.”

At MPR, Alex Friedrich reports: “Student advocates want to change a federal law that they say prevents many Minnesota college students from finding out about a low-cost, state-run student-loan program. Since 2010, colleges have been required to vet private lenders thoroughly before recommending them to students. Many schools say that’s too cumbersome, so they don’t recommend any lenders at all. That means students don’t hear about Minnesota’s SELF Loan program, a private loan administered by the state.”

Even Duluth may be getting tired of this … Paul Huttner at MPR writes: “The numbers are starting to approach record levels. Duluth has logged 18 consecutive sub-zero days now, and may threaten the all time record of 22 in a row by Monday night. … The persistent sub-zero Upper Midwest chill has pushed Great Lakes ice cover to an impressive 76 percent. Lake Superior is largely iced over. The[re] is a small crescent with some open water off parts of the North Shore, and that may be academic after another sub-zero morning with lighter winds.” You know somebody is going to try to ski or snowmobile all the way across …

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/06/2014 - 03:17 pm.

    Biggest loser

    Just got back from my local Cub. No one I saw at the store bore even a slight resemblance to either Barbie or Ken.

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 02/06/2014 - 04:30 pm.

    Given the obesity epidemic…

    I’d be much more worried about those who looked like they ate Barbie and Ken.

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