Category Archives: Are You Kiddin’ Me?

TJ Maxx Not Really Helping Consumers

That’s my opinion after reading the details of the proposed TJX lawsuit settlement. You can read the details here for yourself – but be warned – do not attempt to operate heavy machinery while reading this document because all the lawyer jargon will surely put you to sleep. Here are a few of my issues with their proposed settlement: […]

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TJ Maxx Data Thief Irving Escobar Sentenced

Irving Escobar, one of the main parties responsible for the T.J. Maxx database theft, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and has to pay about $600,000 in restitution. This is the latest news in the T.J. Maxx Identity theft fiasco, where more than 45 million personal records of their customers were stolen over […]

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Stay Away from Quechup

Trying to get back into blog mode, I naturally checked out one of Garry’s blogs and saw his post on the Quechup Scam. I then ran across a post on eWeek about Quechup’s viral marketing. It boils down to Quechup spoofing email origins – what a bunch of morons. Can you believe that a “social […]

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Michael Vick’s Attorney

Ok, this is not technology, SEO or web design related. It is really an “are you kidding me?” statement and its my blog so I get to do this from time to time :). Quote from Michael Vick’s attorney, Billy Martin in July ’07: “We look forward to the opportunity to being able to walk […]

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Stolen TJ Maxx Data Surfaces Again

On June 9, the US Secret Service announced the arrests of some Cuban Nationals after they allegedly used stolen data from the TJ Maxx data breach and the 2005 Polo Ralph Lauren data breach to rack up about $75 million in fraudulent credit card charges. They also had in their possession about 200,000 stolen credit […]

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Geek Squad Tech Stealing Data

According to a post on the Consumerist blog, they setup a sting and caught a Geek Squad technician stealing media files from a computer that was in their shop for some service. The Geek Squad was hired to install iTunes on the sting computer, however the video shows the technician allegedly copying media files, including […]

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More Dangerous Than Hackers

The July edition of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is going to have an article that will provide some eye-opening information on the main reason for the loss of sensitive data. You may be saying, “Well, duh – its hackers.” Everyone loves to blame hackers, but you may be surprised at the number one culprit.

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$38 Billion Deleted from Alaska Department of Revenue

$38 Billion (8 zeros) deleted because of human error? At the Alaska Department of Revenue, a technician wiped out a hard disk that was believed to contain information which was worth $38 billion. How could something like that happen?

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TJ Maxx Latest News

Today, I read a very interesting article by Evan Schuman of eWeek regarding the TJ Maxx data theft. The title of it made me pause: “The Nightmare Scenario: What if TJX Did Everything Right?”. I admit, I had thought of that previously but dismissed it since TJX was being rather tight-lipped about the incident. To […]

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Net Neutrality Rant

These days there are two types of people: Those for Net Neutrality and those against Net Neutrality. I am a card carrying citizen of the “For Net Neutrality” village and I am happy with the way the Internet is currently operating. We can get to the content we want when we want it, we can […]

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