Archive for February, 2013

Personnel work at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center

China Cyber-Espionage – 2/27/13

Experts: China has hacked most of Washington Start asking security experts which powerful Washington institutions have been penetrated by Chinese cyberspies, and this is the usual answer: almost all of them. The list of those hacked in recent years includes law firms, think tanks, news organizations, human rights groups, contractors, congressional offices, embassies and federal […]

Amerlia Izquierdo, 86, was killed when this Ford Explorer rolled over in Decatur, Ga., in 2000. Four other passengers survived the crash caused by a tire tread separating.

Federal Regulations Enable Secrecy – 2/27/13

Auto safety concerns often stay secret Herman Ray Evans was killed when the tread separated on his 2001 Ford Explorer’s tire, the vehicle rolled over into the median and he was ejected, according to the Daphne, Ala,. police crash report. Evans was in one of at least 15 fatal tire-related crashes last year in Ford […]

CFBP Mortgage Rules

CFBP Mortgage Rules – 2/27/13

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lays out implementation plan for new mortgage rules The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced a plan it will implement over the next year that focuses on the mortgage industry’s compliance with new consumer protections that go into effect in January 2014. “Our plan is to work with the mortgage […]

Pope Benedict XVI attends the celebration of Ash

Why the Pope may have Resigned – 2/27/13

Pope resigned after findings of blackmail, corruption, gay sex at Vatican, reports say The Italian media is reporting that Pope Benedict XVI resigned after receiving the results of an internal investigation, delivered in a 300-page, two-volume dossier, that laid bare a sordid tale of blackmail, corruption and gay sex at the Vatican. The respected Italian […]


Corporate Social Media Trends – 2/27/13

Inc. 500: LinkedIn Replaces Facebook as Top Social Tool LinkedIn is the most popular social media tool among the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, according to a study by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Center for Marketing Research, under the direction of researcher Nora Ganim Barnes, PhD. More than 8 in 10 companies listed on […]

China Slapped On The Wrist For Stealing Secrets

China Slapped On The Wrist For Stealing Secrets – 2/20/13

Cybersecurity: Experts Wonder If New Obama Order Goes Far Enough The New York Times’ publication of sensational charges by security contractor Mandiant about Chinese cyberattacks directed by a unit of the People’s Liberation Army led experts to note that the threat of cyberattacks is growing worldwide. Besides the New York Times Co. (NYSE:NYT), other companies, […]

China caught with hand in the honey jar

China Caught With Hand In The Honey Jar – 2/20/13

In sting, US catches China with fingers in honey jar US officials said Wednesday they had mounted a sting operation against two major firms illegally importing honey from China and selling it on the American market, avoiding $180 million in anti-dumping duties. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) described the bust as “one of the […]

Excellent HIPAA Resource Center

Excellent HIPAA Resource Center – 2/30/13

HIPAA Statutes, Regulations and Guidance This law firm resource center contains links to pertinent statutes, regulations and guidance about HIPAA privacy and security.  It is worth bookmarking. Read More

Health Care Data Breaches

Health Care Data Breaches – 2/20/13

Will Changes to HIPAA Help Secure Health Data? Last year, large data breaches in hospitals and health organizations led to the release of millions of private records. This is a growing problem, according to two security experts who spoke in an online presentation on Feb. 19. Speakers Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek Inc., and Eran […]

Small Businesses Struggling

Small Businesses Struggling – 2/20/13

Need to Start the Small Business Engines Historically, American small businesses have been strong engines for job creation. Since the Great Recession, those engines have either been turned off or idling. We need to start those engines again if we want to get on the road to meaningful economic growth and recovery. Given the current […]

Million Dollar Swindle

Million Dollar Swindle – 2/14/13

Lexington woman loses $1 million to sweetheart scam A Lexington woman was the victim of a sweetheart scam that cost her $1 million, and Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning North Carolina consumers to beware of these scams. Con artists are using technology to update an old scam where they use the promise of love […]

JD Power and Associates Reports Satisfaction with Wireless Carriers

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Satisfaction with Wireless Carriers – 2/14/13

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Satisfaction with Wireless Carriers’ Customer Care Is Higher among Customers with Mobile Shared Plans than among Those with Traditional Individual Service Offerings Verizon Wireless Ranks Highest in Wireless Customer Care Performance among Full-Service Carriers, While MetroPCS Ranks Highest among Non-Contract Carriers Satisfaction with a carrier’s customer care service is higher […]

iPhone 5 May Not Be The Best Thing To Happen To iPhone

iPhone 5 May Not Be The Best Thing To Happen To iPhone – 2/14/13

iPhone 5 Ranked Fifth In Customer Satisfaction Poll Behind Android Phones For several years, Apple’s devices have been ranked high in numerous customer satisfaction polls, but it looks as though their customer satisfaction dominance has slipped a bit with the iPhone 5. According to a study carried out by mobile research firm OnDevice Research, 320,000 […]

America's Shadow of a Democracy

America’s Shadow of a Democracy – 2/14/13

Lifting the Veil of Mirage Democracy in the United States “We live in a mirage democracy,” Zeese and Flowers assert, as they trace the history and describe the institutions of a not-so-robust US democracy. “Democracy” demokratia = demos+kratia; or democracy = people+power. The “greatest democracy on Earth” is how the United States is portrayed to […]

Google Pushing User Information To Devolopers

Google Pushing User Information To Developers – 2/14/13

Google under fire for sending users’ information to developers Sebastian Holst makes yoga mobile apps with his wife, a yoga instructor. The Mobile Yogi is sold in all the major mobile app stores. But when someone buys his app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn’t ask for: the […]

Careful of What You Eat - Six Recalls Per Day - 2/14/13

Careful of What You Eat – Six Recalls Per Day – 2/14/13

Food Recalls Hit Two-Year High in Fourth Quarter of 2012, According to Latest ExpertRECALL Index   Food recalls documented by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement reports during the fourth quarter of 2012 reached a two year quarterly high, according to the ExpertRECALL™ Indexreleased today. This activity represents an average rate of approximately six […]

Legacy of U.S. Wars in Iraq

Legacy of U.S. Wars in Iraq? – 2/7/13

Iraq: A Broken Justice System Iraq’s leadership used draconian measures against opposition politicians, detainees, demonstrators, and journalists, effectively squeezing the space for independent civil society and political freedoms in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. The number of violent civilian deaths in Iraq increased in 2012, for the first time […]

China infiltrates U.S. Media

China infiltrates U.S. Media – 2/7/13

US media on edge after web attacks Experts detect military-style cyber raids on two of America’s biggest newspapers by Chinese hackers. There are growing fears about Chinese cyber attacks on Western media outlets after two of America’s largest newspapers said Chinese hackers had infiltrated their computer systems. Hours after the New York Times said Chinese […]

42K+ Government Info Requests of Google in 2013

42K+ Government Info Requests of Google in 2013 – 2/7/13

More governments seeking data from Google Majority of user data requests in the United States are made through a subpoena because they typically do not need to be reviewed by a judge Governments continue to ask Google for more data about its users, with more than two-thirds of requests in the U.S. made through a […]

Non-Call Channels now One Third of Customer Service

Non-Call Channels Now 1/3 Of Customer Service – 2/7/13

Social Media Control Damage In Call Centers Social media will have a deeper role in damage control to raise customer satisfaction, and probably recommendations, as call centers shift into contact centers that integrate email, the Internet, and other sources, according to the Call Center Satisfaction Index (CCSI) of customer satisfaction analytics firm CFI Group. Released at […]

Online Banking Only Beneficial if it Enhances Customer Experience

Online Banking Only Beneficial if it Enhances Customer Experience – 2/7/13

The Latest Trends That Will Redefine Online Banking Online banking has had a tremendous effect on banks because people can now complete financial transactions by visiting secure websites that are maintained by brick-and-mortar or virtual banks, credit unions or brokerage houses. While this is convenient consumers are also concerned that their financial information may be […]

Outside Audits Prevent FTC Fines

Outside Audits Prevent FTC Fines – 2/7/13

Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Row, Will Pay $800K And Establish New Privacy Program Including Outside Audits Path’s 2012 included a major hiccup when it was discovered in February last year that the app uploaded user address books in their entirety to its servers. The company quickly responded by deleting the data and apologizing for the transgression, […]

Health Care Costs Infographic

Health Care Costs Infographic

New Infographic Maps the Rise of Chronic Disease Costs and the Future of Healthcare Mobile Technology Healthx releases a new infographic exploring just how deep chronic disease costs impact Payers and the state of healthcare in the US.  With increasing infections, injuries, development abnormalities, and other conditions, chronic diseases are on the rise.  Nearly half […]

DOJ and SEC Enforcement Actions 2004-2012

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Trends

United States: FCPA Year-In-Review: Developments Of 2012 And Predictions For 2013 The year 2012 witnessed several notable developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This alert discusses these developments, which collectively illuminate the priorities of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), provide insight […]

Big Consulting Threatens Accounting and Regulators

Big Consulting Threatens Accounting and Regulators – 2/7/13

Are the ‘Big Four’ Audit Firms Too Big to Fail? While the number of audit firms has decreased over the past few decades, it may be a bit of a stretch to argue that the “Big Four” survivors have become too big to fail, according to Harvard Business School accounting professor Karthik Ramanna.  He discusses […]

Mystery Shopping Banks

Mystery Shopping Banks – 2/7/13

Banks face a new form of regulation A NEW form of supervision of financial institutions is planned when the government introduces its twin-peaks model of regulation — the “mystery shopper” technique in which anonymous, independent observers posing as clients test the quality of the institutions’ interactions with customers. The Financial Services Board (FSB) will undertake […]

Could U.S. suit against Standard & Poor’s Impact its Credit Downgrades of Government Debt?

Could U.S. suit against Standard & Poor’s Impact its Credit Downgrades of Government Debt? – 2/7/13

Justice prepares civil suit against S&P over grading of financial products before crisis The Justice Department is preparing to file a civil lawsuit against the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s that will allege the company gave its seal of approval to toxic investments at the heart of the financial crisis, according to the company and […]

U.S. Targeted Killings of Americans - After Math

U.S. Targeted Killings of Americans – 2/7/13

Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack […]

No Saturday Mail because Congress Is Broken

No Saturday Mail because Congress Is Broken – 2/7/13

The Post Office Fiasco Shows Why America Is Doomed THE United States Postal Service has made a perfectly sensible decision. In light of the move by most Americans to electronic mail and online bill pay, it will no longer deliver the post on Saturdays. The volume of mail has plummeted over the past five years, […]