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St. Jude disputes claims of cybersecurity vulnerability

St. Jude Medical CEO Michael Rousseau
St. Jude Medical CEO Michael Rousseau

You might say the firms were attempting to… muddy the waters. The Star Tribune’s Joe Carlson reports: “St. Jude Medical CEO Michael Rousseau on Tuesday said a short-selling investment firm and its hired hackers are acting irresponsibly and unnecessarily frightening patients by raising false concerns about whether the Minnesota company’s pacemakers and implantable defibrillators are vulnerable to computer hacking. … The organizations he referred to are MedSec Holdings, a private medical hacking firm registered in Florida, and Muddy Waters Capital LLC, a short-selling firm based in California. The groups last week came forward with allegations that hundreds of thousands lifesaving heart-rhythm devices made by St. Jude appear unusually vulnerable to hacking because of lax cybersecurity precautions by St. Jude.”

To do our part to conserve, we’re switching to beer. KSTP reports: “Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesotans to take a Water Stewardship Pledge, and to rethink how water affects their daily lives and how they use it. … Dayton made the announcement Tuesday at the Minnesota State Fair as part of his Year of Water Action. Minnesotans can take the place at several places on the fairgrounds and online on the governor’s website.”

Good news from Minneapolis’ North High. The Star Tribune’s Beena Raghavendran reports: “On the first day of school Monday, North High School was packed with about 400 students — compared to just 52 five years ago. The new superintendent would make his first visit soon. Excitement was high. … Still, the school was quiet. No ruckus anywhere. … ‘Some people, when they come to North, that have low expectations, are surprised when they come in and see that it’s orderly,’ said Principal Shawn Harris-Berry.”

And what are they trying to hide? MPR’s Bob Collins reports: “Minneapolis Community Education wasn’t lying on the front cover of its fall adult enrichment classes brochure; it definitely offered something ‘different.’ … There are the usual classes in how to care for hardwood floors, learning Microsoft Excel, and cooking with cast iron pans. … But these are the ones that caught some attention, particularly since they were highlighted in the brochure. … In the world of tinfoil hats, no subject is more ‘out there’ than the theory that the contrails from jets are actually chemicals from sinister forces intended to re-engineer our climate. Or maybe more. … We’ll never know, apparently, MCE has canceled the classes. That leaves an unanswered question: Who got to them?

In other news…

Kind of surprising that Best Buy’s still on top of this: “Best Buy could fight off Amazon’s surge to the top of the consumer electronics market” [Business Insider]

Hall’s Island is becoming kind of a thing: “Festival Palomino moving to Hall’s Island in Mpls. from Canterbury Park” [Star Tribune]

See what happens when you build choo choos? “St. Paul police focus on crime at University and Snelling” [Star Tribune]

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