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In the News: More money for millions of U.S. workers

Overtime pay for salaried workers: President Obama and the U.S. Labor Department announced the update of overtime regulations today. Hourly workers are guaranteed overtime. Now, thanks to the federal rule update, most white-collar employees making less than $47, 476 will be guaranteed overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. At least four million workers will be impacted, half of them women. Check out the video here for more on who will benefit from this update.   Netflix female star demands and gets equal pay: Actress... Read More →

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In The News: February 5, 2015

New hacker victims! Sony’s Amy Pascal is heading for the door, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The co-chair of Sony Entertainment, Pascal apparently got hit with the fallout from that major cyber attack from the group calling itself Guardians of Peace — which leaked embarrassing and sensitive company documents as well as threatening havoc if “The Interview” film was release. Heath insurer Anthem hit by major hack to its network containing perhaps as many as 80 million personal data records. Among the victims... Read More →

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In The News: January 15, 2015

The nominations were announced early this morning for the 2015 Academy of Awards. In the prestigious Best Picture category, several small quirky films and no blockbusters. American Sniper Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash “Birdman,” actor Michael Keaton’s comeback, and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tied at nine for the most nominations. The full lists of nominees here.  There were snubs and surprises: The Hollywood Reporter,  Los Angeles Times. The 87th Academy Awards ceremony... Read More →

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In the wake of hacker threats, Sony cancels “The Interview”

  The hackers appear to be winning in the face-off with Sony Pictures. Today Sony canceled the Christmas Day release of the action comedy, “The Interview, ” after several major chains pulled the film from its theaters. “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of... Read More →

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FBI confirms Sony Pictures hacked

 Sony Pctures has been hacked! The cyber attack on the entertainment studio reportedly began “… about a week ago when a group called Guardians of Peace, or #GOP for short, gained access to the studio’s system and arranged for a bizarre image and poorly worded text to appear on the computer screens of employee,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sony has been forced to shut down its “email and other systems.” However, it may be too late to protect some Sony movie releases,  which might have been leaked to online... Read More →

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Millions of email addresses stolen in Home Depot hack

More bad news for Home Depot shoppers. The world’s largest home improvement retailer announced last summer its payment data systems in the U.S. and Canada were  hacked  between April and September of 2014. In that cyber attack, thieves reportedly got away with the payment information for around  “56 million credit cards.”  Last, Thursday in an update on its investigation, the company disclosed the hackers stole “approximately 53 million” email addresses in the security breach, according to a news release. Home Depot claims the hackers got only a limited... Read More →

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Columbus Day a holiday for some, but not all

Columbus Day is a holiday for some, but not all. Some of the folks enjoying a holiday are those who work for city, county, federal offices, libraries and Superior Courts. This means the U.S. Postal Service is closed with some pick-ups of mail, but no regular deliveries today.  However, most state offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, are open. The banks are closed — except for Wells Fargo. The schools are open in the Burbank Unified School District. Most of the retail stores and malls... Read More →

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Hackers attack Kmart, Albertsons hit for a second time

Kmart is the latest retailer to be attacked by hackers. The disclosure was made on October 9 “… our Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems. We were able to quickly remove the malware. However, we believe certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised, ” according to a news release from the company. Kmart will be offering free credit monitoring protection for those who shopped at its stores during September through last Thursday.  More... Read More →

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Consumer Alert: Security breach confirmed at The Home Depot

The Home Depot has confirmed it was hacked.  On September 2, the world’s largest home improvement chain announced an investigation, involving the Secret Service and security experts, into the attack. On Monday, September 8,  Home Depot confirmed its data payment systems had been invaded by cyber thieves. The company website warns consumers who may have used credit or debit cards at its stores in the U.S. and Canada anytime in April 2014 or thereafter need to check their statements. “We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes... Read More →

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Hacker attack on P.F. Chang’s restaurants

 Hackers strike again! The P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain has posted a notice on its website acknowledging  a security breach. Last Tuesday, June 10, the chain was alerted to the cyber break in by the U.S. Secret Service. “We initiated an investigation with the United States Secret Service and a team of third-party forensics experts to understand the nature and scope of the incident, and while the investigation is still ongoing, we have concluded that data has been compromised,” according to the company website. The thieves... Read More →

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eBay hacked

Internet giant, eBay, is the latest victim of a massive cyber attack. The global marketplace company posted an announcement on its website today “…  asking all eBay users (both buyers and sellers) to change their passwords…” There reportedly are 145 million eBay users worldwide. The security breach apparently occurred sometime between “late February and early March” of 2014, but only detected two weeks ago, according to Forbes. The hackers got into the corporate network through “a number of employee log in credentials.” The company acknowledges, “..... Read More →

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California DMV investigating possible credit card data breach

The California DMV has one of th worst reputations for long lines and poor customer service. Now a possible credit card data hack may add to the image problems for that department, which handles transactions for more than 23 million drivers and registrations for at least 32 million vehicles. Now, the DMV has launched an investigation into security breach, which could involve millions of transactions. Over the weekend, the DMV posted a statement on its website stating it had been  alerted by law enforcement to a... Read More →

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How Target ignored early warnings and got hacked

You would think if a company went to the trouble and money to install a security procedure it would be followed,  but apparently, that was not the case with Target. The giant retailer got hacked last fall, during the kick-off to the holiday season, and data for40 million customer credit cards were stolen. But it didn’t have to happen. Months earlier, Target installed a $1.6 million malware detection tool and  set up a system where its security team would... Read More →

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Secret Service investigating possible hacker attack at Sears

Another major U.S. retailers may have been the target of hackers. The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly investigating a possible security breach at Sears, according to Bloomberg. The website quotes an anonymous source “… familiar with the investigation.” The government agency is already looking into major hack attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus. This latest development comes as struggling Sears has been attempting a comeback. More here.

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Biz Bits: Nasdaq hacked,Google hiring, NBC staffer fired over video

Hackers breach Nasdaq security The Internet is buzzing today about a report of a hacker attack on Nasdaq OMX Group, the company that runs the U.S. stock exchange and several others around the world. The Feds are investigating the computer intrusion — which occurred sometime last year. More about this on the Computerworld website. Google on a hiring spree The word is out. Google is hiring. Last week, the Internet search giant got flooded with more than 75,000 applications, according to a Los Angeles... Read More →

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