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Crafty hackers hack craft stores -- again.

Michaels Stores (NYSE:MIK) has finally confirmed the details of the point-of-sale hack revealed in January. It's unclear what's taken them so long -- the company claims the hack was "highly sophisticated," but everyone uses a blah-blah phrase like that.

Your humble blogwatcher notes that the problem persisted for more than a month after the news first broke. smh.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are aghast that, for the second time, the company's POS was hacked -- lasting almost nine months.

April 18, 2014 6:08 AM EDT

Our neighbors to the north get their man, allegedly.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) says it arrested the perp behind the recent hack of the country's tax agency. The allegedly-Heartbleed-mediated alleged hacker, one Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, is charged with "mischief in relation to data." Oh, Canada!

In other news, nasty new implications of the OpenSSL bug continue to come to light.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hold their heads in their hands and weep. Not to mention sleeping all night and working all day...

April 17, 2014 6:10 AM EDT

One employee is being laid off at at this manufacturing plant, and a pilot fish is tasked with disabling the newly-ex-employee's accounts while he's getting the bad news. How hard could that be?

April 17, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

One of the responsibilities this IT pilot fish has inherited is an automatic gate with key-card access that's getting pretty creaky. But management doesn't want to sink money into repairs -- after all, it's working, right?

April 14, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Company deploys new do-everything enterprise software, and two weeks before it's scheduled to go live, this analyst working on the project requests that unencrypted FTP service be turned on. Who could object to that?

April 11, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
Pier by Christian Keller

Well, how do you start, with such a big ending. This Microsoft Patch Tuesday is the final set of updates and security fixes for Windows XP. Windows XP has been a tremendously successful operating system and has truly defined the desktop ecosystem for the past decade. In case you have not yet quite moved on to a later more modern operating system (Windows 7 or 8.x), Microsoft has provided this helpful set of hints and tips regarding your now unsupported favourite desktop operating system.

April 10, 2014 11:37 AM EDT
Image credit: Joseph Berger,

Security researchers released a "car hacking for poories" guide so anyone can afford to try attacking vehicles. Yet one of the strangest ‘attacks’ is coming from spiders, the eight-legged kind. Mazda will issue updated software for 42,000 recalled Mazda6s to fix the spider problem. 

April 09, 2014 1:29 PM EDT

Company is opening a new office and this pilot fish gets the nod to fly down in a few weeks to set up the network and phones. But what the new office's manager has to say is not what fish wants to hear.

April 07, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
Image credit: dfirecop

A six-character password securing a Tesla Model S account was called a potential security threat that might allow an attacker to unlock the doors, but a scarier potential threat discussed at Black Hat Asia is a $20 'untraceable' device that could allow an attacker to remotely take control of a car from 'miles away.'

March 31, 2014 4:57 PM EDT

GM CEO Mary Barra -- thinking the unthinkable.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) recalls yet more vehicles. The total now exceeds 2.5 million cars, trucks, and SUVs. Congress is preparing to grill Barra and the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) for their organizations' respective failure to recognize the problems, which may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds of people.

smh. Could this get any worse for GM? Still, there's something about Mary.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers recall the past and drive the story forward. [You're fired -Ed.]

March 31, 2014 6:04 AM EDT
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