29 Sep 2016

Your Childhood Best Friend and the Yahoo Hack

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Who was your childhood best friend? While the recent Yahoo hack garnered headlines for a variety of reasons (even though the hack is reported to have occurred years ago), what may turn out to have more of a lasting impact on your cybersecurity is the compromising of the security questions and answers that websites use to verify your identity. As Yahoo reports, “In some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers” were stolen. What... Read more...

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22 Sep 2016

Crowdfunding: Raising $6.3 Million for a Backpack

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In the summer of 2016, Peak Design was hoping to raise $500,000 for a new line of backpacks when they began their Kickstarter campaign. (It was their 6th Kickstarter campaign.) Consumers were so excited about the new line of bags designed with photographers in mind (but also usable by the rest of us) that they invested over $6.3 million. Peak Design is now the 2nd most funded company on Kickstarter. Kickstarter is one of many players in the crowdfunding... Read more...

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16 Sep 2016

SEC Whistleblower Suits: Lawyers are Cashing In

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Lawyers are collecting millions in contingency fees from whistleblower lawsuits. The SEC Whistleblower Program has awarded over $107 million to 33 individuals in the last five years.  As the penalties grow and the SEC collects more funds, whistleblower staff and resources also grow. On August 30, 2016, a tipster received an award totally over $22 million as part of a $80 million settlement with Monsanto. That tipster and former Monsanto employee... Read more...

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12 Sep 2016

Self-Driving Cars — Accelerating into an Uncertain Future

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Just a decade ago, self-driving cars were relegated to science fiction and the dreams of a handful of technologists. Today, self-driving cars are already on the roads. Uber is using them to pick up passengers in Pittsburgh. Self-driving features are built into the latest models of Mercedes, BMW, and of course, Tesla – although these cars still require a human driver to be attentive and ready to assume manual control at any moment. In recent months,... Read more...

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06 Sep 2016

The Certified Mail Envelope Was Empty

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You show up in court with a US Certified Mail “Green Card” delivery receipt, evidence that supposedly proves you delivered a timely notice. The other party simply stands up and says quizzically, “Sure we got the certified letter, but no one in our office could figure out why we were sent an empty envelope!”  And of course, there’s no proof of what was or wasn’t inside the envelope. Did the mail room attendant or administrator forget to... Read more...

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