Monthly Archives: December 2005

Time Warner says data on 600,000 workers lost – Computerworld

The lethal epidemic of massive corporate security breaches continues with this latest disaster from Time Warner. Read this carefully: Bart Lazar, a Chicago Lawyer quoted in the story reports: "I’ve dealt with many of these companies, and if you ask them what happens with their data … they can’t chart it," he said. "Or the companies know what to do and they just haven’t committed the resources to do it. Companies have to deploy their resources." Time Warner says data on 600,000 workers lost Information on the current and past employees was on computer backup tapes News Story by Lucas Mearian MAY 02, 2005 (COMPUTERWORLD) – Time Warner Inc. reported today that a shipment of backup tapes with personal information of about 600,000 current and former employees went missing more than a month ago during a routine shipment to an offsite storage site. The tapes, part of a routine shipment being taken to the site by off-site data storage company Iron Mountain Inc. didn’t include data about Time Warner customers, the company said in a statement. The company told employees today that the data tapes went missing March 22. “We are providing current and former employees with resources to monitor their credit reports while our investigation continues. We are working closely and aggressively with law enforcement and the outside data storage firm to get to the bottom of this matter,” said Larry Cockell, Time Warner’s chief security officer. The U.S. Secret Service is working with both Time Warner and Boston-based Iron Mountain to investigate the missing tapes. The $42 billion media company said in a statement that there is no evidence that the data has have been illegally accessed or misused. The company said it has contacted major credit agencies — Equifax, Experian and Trans Union — about the data loss. After determining that publicizing the data loss wouldn’t interfere with the investigation, Time Warner posted a statement about it on its Web site, as well as a letter to its employees about the incident and an FAQ. In the letter to employees, Time Warner said the missing tapes contained data such as names and Social Security numbers of current and former U.S.-based employees, their dependents and beneficiaries. Cockell said in the statement to employees that the company has made arrangements with Equifax to offer U.S. employees a free subscription to Equifax’s Credit Watch Gold credit monitoring service to help protect identity and credit information for 12 months. Time Warner’s disclosure follows on the heels of other high-profile security breaches in the U.S. In March, a laptop containing data on 100,000 graduate students, alumni and applicants from the University of California, Berkeley, was stolen from a campus office. Bart Lazar, a privacy and intellectual property lawyer and partner in the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw Llp. in Chicago, said that as data loss incidents pile up, thereÕs greater potential that firms found responsible will have to change their data security standards. Most of the pressure, he said, may come not from Congress but from insurance companies that will require more stringent safeguards before signing with a client. Part of the problem, Lazar said, is that companies don’t have proper chain-of-custody requirements or encyption technology in place. I’ve dealt with many of these companies, and if you ask them what happens with their data … they can’t chart it," he said. "Or the companies know what to do and they just haven’t committed the resources to do it. Companies have to deploy their resources. I don’t know what SANS [Institute] says the spending on security is, but it’s not huge." Lazar said it data loss incidents will also likely give rise to more companies turning to internal data protection schemes instead of using third-party service providers or external data processors. These big incidents [are] what leads to consciousness raising and may lead to reasonable security standards, he said.

SNARF, from Microsoft Research

This is a great example of “social” programming, finding patterns in the data which adapt themselves to a particular user. This application when added to Outlook helps you prioritize and organize your inbox.

According to Microsoft, “the process on which SNARF is based is called social sorting. The concept has been around for a while; in fact, Microsoft Research’s Eric Horvitz worked on a similar project called Priorities a few years back. But what’s new about this implementation is its simplicity. The tool, which has been deployed within Microsoft for a field study, simply counts e-mails, sorts them by sender, and draws conclusions about their relative importance from the intensity of the correspondence relationship.”

The link gives you instructions to download the program.

Gueldenpfennig’s SAP PDFs

Volker ‘s Excellent repository of SAP pdf’s, principally for R/3. Volker is an SAP hardware guru… and has previously consulted for my prior employer http://bradycorp.com. Last year, he explained to me how to pronounce his name… instantly forgotten. Now, close your eyes and spell out Gueldenpfennig…

Gueldenpfennig’s SAP PDFs

Volker ‘s Excellent repository of SAP pdf’s, principally for R/3. Volker is an SAP hardware guru… and has previously consulted for my prior employer http://bradycorp.com. Last year, he explained to me how to pronounce his name… instantly forgotten. Now, close your eyes and spell out Gueldenpfennig…

30 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do on the Web

This PC World article gives a number of interesting findings, such as web-based book publishing for $8.50 (see below), even how to charter your own jet. Some of it is actually quite interesting and useful, giving a sense of the breadth and creativity of web-based solutions that have appeared in recently on the web.

Trend Buzz, Reality TV, and more…
Free Tech Help, Parenting Skills, and more…
Charter Jet, Get Surreal, and more…
Desktop Info: Webify Your Desktop
Web APIs: Make the Big Sites Work for You
Be Your Own Shock Jock
Make $$ From Your Site

Publish Your Masterpiece
So you’ve completed your 1000-page opus but can’t find a publisher? Do it yourself on Lulu.com. Unlike most self-publishing sites, Lulu charges no up-front fees and requires no minimum orders. Just upload a word processing document and follow a wizard to choose the book’s size, format, cover art, and price or commission. Lulu takes 20 percent of the cover price. You can sell your book via Lulu, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or your own Web site. If you order copies for yourself, you pay only binding and printing costs–around $8.50 for a standard 200-page paperback.

30 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do on the Web

This PC World article gives a number of interesting findings, such as web-based book publishing for $8.50 (see below), even how to charter your own jet. Some of it is actually quite interesting and useful, giving a sense of the breadth and creativity of web-based solutions that have appeared in recently on the web.

Trend Buzz, Reality TV, and more…
Free Tech Help, Parenting Skills, and more…
Charter Jet, Get Surreal, and more…
Desktop Info: Webify Your Desktop
Web APIs: Make the Big Sites Work for You
Be Your Own Shock Jock
Make $$ From Your Site

Publish Your Masterpiece
So you’ve completed your 1000-page opus but can’t find a publisher? Do it yourself on Lulu.com. Unlike most self-publishing sites, Lulu charges no up-front fees and requires no minimum orders. Just upload a word processing document and follow a wizard to choose the book’s size, format, cover art, and price or commission. Lulu takes 20 percent of the cover price. You can sell your book via Lulu, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or your own Web site. If you order copies for yourself, you pay only binding and printing costs–around $8.50 for a standard 200-page paperback.