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Look, it is no longer okay to have a security breach. It is NOT.

From MyFitnessPal:

NOTICE OF DATA BREACH

March 29, 2018

To the MyFitnessPal Community:

We are writing to notify you about an issue that may involve your MyFitnessPal account information. We understand that you value your privacy and we take the protection of your information seriously.

What Happened?

On March 25, 2018, we became aware that during February of this year an unauthorized party acquired data associated with MyFitnessPal user accounts.

What Information Was Involved?

The affected information included usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords – the majority with the hashing function called bcrypt used to secure passwords.

What We Are Doing

Once we became aware, we quickly took steps to determine the nature and scope of the issue. We are working with leading data security firms to assist in our investigation. We have also notified and are coordinating with law enforcement authorities.

We are taking steps to protect our community, including the following:

  • We are notifying MyFitnessPal users to provide information on how they can protect their data.
  • We will be requiring MyFitnessPal users to change their passwords and urge users to do so immediately.
  • We continue to monitor for suspicious activity and to coordinate with law enforcement authorities.
  • We continue to make enhancements to our systems to detect and prevent unauthorized access to user information.

What You Can Do

We take our obligation to safeguard your personal data very seriously and are alerting you about this issue so you can take steps to help protect your information. We recommend you:

  • Change your password for any other account on which you used the same or similar information used for your MyFitnessPal account.
  • Review your accounts for suspicious activity.
  • Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal data or refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails.

For More Information

For more information, please go to https://content.myfitnesspal.com/security-information/FAQ.html.

Sincerely,

Paul Fipps
Chief Digital Officer

I’m sorry. This is not 2012 or 2013 when these kind of lame excuses were okay. WE have had major hacking the US where a national election was influenced by hackers. So this ain’t cool. I need to know what steps you took before the hack to avoid letting our private information just go walking out of the door? What did you do? Secondly, who hacked you? Were you hacked by a 12 year old genius or was is North Korea or Russia, again? Because who hacked you makes a difference to me. The 12 year old isn’t going to destroy my credit and everything that I own. On the other hand, a major state actor may try and destroy every American household just to prove that they can stand up to the US. So who was it?

Finally, Congress, it is time to do something about hacking. We need national standards on how companies must keep our personal information safe!

By | 2018-04-01T02:58:16+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Hacking/Data Breach|0 Comments

Hacked. Updated

So my server company sent me an email the other day which mentioned that I was using a ton of resources. Why would I be using a lot of resources? I have three or four blogs and they are only visited by just a few people. I don’t run the Daily Kos or CNN or one of those sites that gets a million to 2 million visitors a day. So, I sent the email to my web guru, he did some investigating and found that someone placed code in my mail servers to send out spam. Actually, the crooks were brilliant. It was disruptive but yet not disruptive enough to cause an FBI investigation. They didn’t change any of my code, so it doesn’t alert the FBI. Instead, they simply got my server to send out a bunch of emails that nobody probably wanted.

It is like sitting on the beach in Maui, drinking a beer and reading a good book and suddenly this big, smelly, slob comes up next to you sits down and puts down this huge boombox which blares out music and ruined your day and your mood. It’s like that.

The server is fix. Web sites are working again. I have paid my web guru a ton of money for working overtime and on short notice. But, we are back to normal. I think…

Update: For around 6 weeks, I have been fighting hackers. I kick them out (well, my web guru does) and days later they are back. I have spent several thousand dollars to try to harden my site. Blogging was supposed to be – just a little something on the side. It was supposed to be low cost. Now, I’m wondering if I need to scrap the whole thing. This is really crazy.

By | 2018-03-26T13:30:09+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Blogging issues|0 Comments

A different take on Gun Control

I have been looking for a different take on gun control for a while. Most of the arguments on both sides are old and stale. Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has a different take. I kind of love it!

Warning. This guy is raw (with an Australian accent). So if you don’t like the language don’t click on the videos!!!

From Vox.com:

Australian comedian Jim Jefferies was the victim of a home invasion once. He was tied up and beaten, and his girlfriend was threatened with rape. So you might think he’d sympathize with the idea that Americans want guns to protect their families. Quite the opposite — he does an excellent job of summing up why so many foreigners are baffled by America’s gun culture:

In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on earth, and the Australian government went: “That’s it! NO MORE GUNS.” And we all went, “Yeah, all right then, that seems fair enough, really.”

Now in America, you had the Sandy Hook massacre, where little tiny children died. And your government went, “Maybe … we’ll get rid of the big guns?” And 50 percent of you went, “FUCK YOU, DON’T TAKE MY GUNS.”

He continues with a blistering smackdown of the idea that Americans seek guns to keep their families safe:

You have guns because you like guns! That’s why you go to gun conventions; that’s why you read gun magazines! None of you give a shit about home security. None of you go to home security conventions. None of you read Padlock Monthly. None of you have a Facebook picture of you behind a secure door.

Part 2.

By | 2018-02-26T18:00:09+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Mass Shooting|Comments Off on A different take on Gun Control