May 7, 2012
An administrative hearing to determine whether Howard County school board member Allen Dyer should be removed from the panel opened Monday with Dyer questioning fellow board member Frank Aquino for about three hours. Aquino had drafted the resolution the Howard school board approved in June asking the state school board to oust Dyer, accusing him of such violations as breaching confidentiality requirements. The state school board sent the matter to the office of administrative hearings.
April 8, 2012
Even among the hundreds of data breaches that occur each year, the hacking of card processor Global Payments stands out. The Atlanta-based company, which processes credit and debit card transactions for Visa and MasterCard, recently revealed that hackers gained access to no more than 1.5 million card numbers. Visa and MasterCard quickly announced that the accounts are being monitored and cardholders won't be liable for any fraudulent charges. But the Global Payments breach is another reminder that despite all of our attempts to keep personal information out of the hands of thieves — shredding documents and frequently changing passwords — we still are vulnerable.
March 30, 2012
MasterCard and Visa are warning banks nationwide of a massive breach at an unnamed U.S-based credit card processor, potentially involving as more than 10 million card numbers could be compromised, according to the blog, KrebsonSecurity . Blogger Brian Krebs says Visa and MasterCard started alerting banks to the problem late last week. So far, Krebs says, the compromised cards seemed to be concentrated in the New York City area. I will post more information from MasterCard and Visa when it comes in. Update 3: Response from MasterCard "MasterCard is currently investigating a potential account data compromise event of a U.S.-based entity and, as a result, we have alerted payment card issuers regarding certain MasterCard accounts that are potentially at risk.
February 10, 2012
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has released a statement through the team acknowledging the club failed to adhere to protocol in their signing of 17-year-old South Korean pitcher Kim Seong-min: "On behalf of the Orioles organization, I offer a sincere apology to the Korea Baseball Organization and the Korea Baseball Association for the club's unintentional breach of protocol in failing to tender a...
September 19, 2011
Two recent stories have highlighted how confidential health and patient data are at risk. First, a report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights noted that nearly 8 million Americans were affected by almost 31,000 health information breaches in the course of a year. Alarmingly, nearly 70 percent of the investigations into data breach incidents that affected 500 people or more remain open. Second, a medical data breach of 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital was discovered by a patient after the information had languished online for nearly a year.
June 13, 2011
An unwritten rule at every major newspaper has always been that there should be a wall between advertising and editorial, but in the June 9 issue of the Columbia Flier that rule was broken. The article on page 8, "Nelson is the new face for marketing CA" , with two very nice photographs of Columbia Association president Phil Nelson supplied to the paper by the photographer who did the ad photos, violates all rules of good journalism. The Columbia Association is a major advertiser with Patuxent Publishing, as you can see with their weekly full-page ads on the back cover of the Flier.