The Switchboard: Michaels confirms 3 million customers hit by hack


The craft store Michaels confirmed 3 million were hit by its previously disclosed hack. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Michaels confirms 3 million hit in hack: Craft store Michaels confirmed in a statement late Thursday that 3 million of its customers were affected by the hack of its point-of-sale system first disclosed by KrebsOnSecurity.  The statement said that weeks of analysis confirm "systems of Michaels stores in the United States and its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, were attacked by criminals using highly sophisticated malware"  that stole payment card data and expiration date information. "There is no evidence that other customer personal information, such as name, address or PIN, was at risk in connection with this issue," the company said.

White House updates online privacy policy: The White House announced Friday that it has updated its online privacy policy to make clear that online comments on its site are part of the public domain."We may, for example, publish compilations of messages or comments collected through WhiteHouse.gov or official social media pages and provide them to national leaders, members of the press, or other individuals outside of the Federal Government," the policy notes.

Edward Snowden questions Russian President Vladimir Putin on surveillance: Edward Snowden was a surprise contributor to a Russian call-in show featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday. Snowden asked whether Russia collected information from its citizens in the same manner as the U.S. does; Putin said it does not. But, as The Washington Post's Kathy Lally and Greg Miller reported, Russia experts were quick to push back against Putin's answer, saying, "Russian security services collect data from domestic telecommunications companies and Internet providers as a matter of course."

Google's Project Loon testing on LTE bands in Nevada?PCWorld reports that Google is starting to test Project Loon,  on LTE bands in the state of Nevada, as part of its experimental project to connect more of the world to the Internet through a network of giant helium balloons that fly at twice the altitude of commercial aircraft. "Google declined to comment on the secret trials, but a local official confirmed they are related to Project Loon, and government filings point to several recent balloon launches," the report said. 

Illinois home raided in connection with fake Twitter account: Police in Illinois raided a  home over a Twitter account parodying the mayor of  Peoria, Ill., the Peoria Journal-Star reported Thursday.  Police were "investigating the creator of the Twitter account for false personation of a public official," the report said --  a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail." The account in question had published around 50 tweets and had "just as many followers," Journal-Star reporter Matt Buedel wrote. It had already been suspended for several weeks.  A man at the house was charged with marijuana possession, but police made no arrests related to the account, the report said.

 

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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