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Daily Archives: September 7, 2017

Equifax hack may have breached personal data on half the US population w/ updates

CNET: “…According to Equifax, which released a statement today, the company’s database was breached through a vulnerability on its website, exposing the personal information of an estimated 143 million people, including some in the UK and Canada….Equifax has set up its own program to help people find out if they were one of the millions affected in the hack. The program isn’t exactly straightforward, however — it requires a multi-step process that takes place over the course of at least one week. Here’s an overview of the process:…”

Equifax News Release: “Equifax Announces Cybersecurity Incident Involving Consumer Information: “Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. As part of its investigation of this application vulnerability, Equifax also identified unauthorized access to limited personal information for certain UK and Canadian residents. Equifax will work with UK and Canadian regulators to determine appropriate next steps. The company has found no evidence that personal information of consumers in any other country has been impacted…”

The Atlantic: “In the end, the truth of the Equifax breach—who was affected, and how, and what the company will do to help, and what the terms of such assistance entail—might not be the most important lesson from this incident. More than anything, it suggests that a corner has been turned in corporate consumer data responsibility. Like severe weather, breaches have become so frequent and severe that they can begin receding from prominence. No matter their grievous effects, Equifax’s response suggests that fatalism might replace responsibility, planning, and foresight. This is just what happens now.”

ConsumerWatchDog: Equifax’s Data Breach Response, Credit Monitoring Offer May Violate California Law, Consumer Watchdog Says; Group Calls for Attorney General to Investigate

Daily Beast – Equifax Stung With Multibillion-Dollar Class-Action Lawsuit After Massive Data Breach

Ars Technica – Why the Equifax breach is very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever

Ars Technica – Failure to patch two-month-old bug led to massive Equifax breach

The New York Times – Consumers, but Not Executives, May Pay for Equifax Failings

TIME – Firsts – Women Who Are Changing the World

TIME – “What a jagged image we use for women who achieve greatly, defining accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. There she is up where the air is thin, where men still outnumber women, but where the altitude is awesome. Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to… Continue Reading

Report – Crime in 2017 – A Preliminary Analysis

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law: “Based on new data collected from police departments in the 30 largest cities, this report finds that all measures of crime — overall crime, violent crime, and murder — are projected to decline in 2017. Indicators show that 2017 will have the second lowest rates of crime… Continue Reading

Implementation of facial recognition technology widens across the world

The Economist: “…Technology is rapidly catching up with the human ability to read faces. In America facial recognition is used by churches to track worshippers’ attendance; in Britain, by retailers to spot past shoplifters. This year Welsh police used it to arrest a suspect outside a football game. In China it verifies the identities of… Continue Reading

Transformer: A Novel Neural Network Architecture for Language Understanding

Transformer: A Novel Neural Network Architecture for Language Understanding Posted by Jakob Uszkoreit, Software Engineer, Natural Language: “Understanding Neural networks, in particular recurrent neural networks (RNNs), are now at the core of the leading approaches to language understanding tasks such as language modeling, machine translation and question answering. In Attention Is All You Need we introduce… Continue Reading

Google Developer Documentation Style Guide

Google Developer Documentation Style Guide “This style guide provides a set of editorial guidelines for anyone writing developer documentation for Google-related projects. Goals and audience – The primary goal of this guide is to codify and record decisions that Google’s Developer Relations group makes about style. The guide can help you avoid making decisions about… Continue Reading