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All-time low for tropical nation is 52 F

19 degrees south latitude

Kind of amazing to me. Elevation is not a factor, since Niue is a coral atoll nation.

Niue, fun for geography geeks like me....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niue



I stumbled on this while reading about domain hacks.

Enjoy!

Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages in Florida

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/supreme-court-stop-gay-marriages-florida-27728405

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.

"This is a thrilling day for all Florida families," Daniel Tilley, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties of Florida, said in a statement. "As we explained to the court, every day that the ban remains in place, couples are suffering real harms. We are grateful that the court recognized that, and that as a result, those days are finally coming to an end."

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has fought to uphold the state's ban, said in a statement that her goal was "to have uniformity" throughout the state while various legal challenges were pursued in both state and federal courts.

Staples: Data Breach Exposes Million Cards

http://www.wsj.com/articles/staples-data-breach-affected-1-16-million-cards-1419024209

Staples Inc. said criminals stole personal information from as many as 1.16 million payment cards during the back-to-school shopping season at stores from California to Massachusetts.


The Framingham, Mass., company said machines were infected at 113 stores with malicious software that compromised customer data from Aug. 10 through Sept. 16. At two stores, the hack started in July, Staples said. (Click to see the full list of 115 stores affected.)

Staples didn’t identify the attackers but said the malware got into its point-of-sale systems, which include the cash registers and terminals that handle credit card and debit card transactions. The company said it believes the hackers may have got access to shoppers’ names, card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes.

The theft at Staples is the latest in a parade of high-profile attacks on big U.S. retail chains over the past year. The biggest ones were on Home Depot Inc. over this spring which affected 56 million card accounts and a year ago at Target Corp. , in which hackers stole information from 40 million cards.

in case of paywall: http://news.google.com/news/url?sr=1&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_4_1_a&sa=t&usg=AFQjCNE3LTvFYR5tbpTR-kWtkkX0Ii6seA&cid=52778688208450&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsj.com%2Farticles%2Fstaples-data-breach-affected-1-16-million-cards-1419024209&ei=hbKUVOH9H9P2gAfyiIDwDw&sig2=jGRbYtUWD-n5TgcNpe_uqA&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&bvm=section&did=6904180733955538334&ssid=b

Sony Hires FireEye To Clean Up Hacking Mess

http://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/14/12/5096727/sony-hires-fireeye-to-clean-up-hacking-mess

FireEye Inc FEYE 6.93% shares continued to push higher Friday as Sony Corp (ADR) SNE 1.09% announced that it had hired the company "to clean up a massive cyber attack that knocked out the studio's computer network nearly a week ago," according to Reuters.

As fallout from the Sony attack continued to unfold, investors appeared to be looking at FireEye as a long-term play in the cyber-security sector. FireEye stock was up 6 percent on Friday, following gains of 8 percent on Thursday and 3 percent on Wednesday.

The attack on Sony and its subsequent decision to scrub the release of "The Interview" amid threats from hackers appears to be lifting FireEye’s peers as well.

Qualys Inc QLYS 5.34% has been moving higher since Wednesday afternoon and recently traded at $38.99, up 5.1 percent.


Reuters story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/30/sony-cybersecurity-mandiant-idUSL2N0TK0R920141130

State-sponsored or not, Sony Pictures malware “bomb” used slapdash code

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/state-sponsored-or-not-sony-pictures-malware-bomb-used-slapdash-code/

According to multiple reports, unnamed government officials have said that the cyber attack on Sony Pictures was linked to the North Korean government. The Wall Street Journal reports that investigators suspect the attack was carried out by Unit 121 of North Korea’s General Bureau of Reconnaissance, the country’s most elite hacking unit.

But if the elite cyber-warriors of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were behind the malware that erased data from hard drives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, they must have been in a real hurry to ship it.

Analysis by researchers at Cisco of a malware sample matching the MD5 hash signature of the “Destover” malware that was used in the attack on Sony Pictures revealed that the code was full of bugs and anything but sophisticated. It was the software equivalent of a crude pipe bomb.

Compared to other state-sponsored malware that researchers have analyzed, “It's a night and day difference in quality,” said Craig Williams, senior technical leader for Cisco’s Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group, in an interview with Ars. “The code is simplistic, not very complex, and not very obfuscated.”

Alternative to Facebook now in beta (no ads), Ello

https://ello.co/wtf/post/about-ello

They say you can join the beta via a link on the front page, looking now.

Went to doc today, high bad cholesterol, low good cholesterol

Anyone else feel my pain ? I'm taking a statin again, trying my best to change my diet, and exercise, in addition to my fish oil pills (doc said they tend to increase good cholesterol).

Upside: I'm healthy and have good insurance. Happy Holidays everyone!

How's your very late fall so far ? Winter starts officially December 21, 6:03 P.M. EST

It's very lovely here in Florida. Not too hot or cold or rainy. Very nice.

Icann Spear Phishing Attack Strikes at the Heart of the Internet

http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/icann-spear-phishing-attack/

Hackers have struck at the heart of the net with a spear phishing attack on Icann employees which gave them access to a key administrative database and other digital assets, the internet oversight body has revealed.

In a note earlier this week, Icann admitted that the attack in late November involved email messages crafted to appear as if they came from the organization’s domain.

This enabled attackers to compromise Icann staff email credentials which then gave them access to other systems, most notably the Centralized Zone Data System (CZDS).

Icann explained:

“The attacker obtained administrative access to all files in the CZDS. This included copies of the zone files in the system, as well as information entered by users such as name, postal address, email address, fax and telephone numbers, username, and password. Although the passwords were stored as salted cryptographic hashes, we have deactivated all CZDS passwords as a precaution.”
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