LaCie warns of suspected credit card data breach

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Credit card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Media Release) French computer storage specialist LaCie has said credit card details and passwords of shoppers who used its site may have been stolen.

The hard-disk maker said the FBI had alerted it to “indications” of a hacker having used malware to copy details entered into its online store.

It added that the suspected breach was thought to have lasted from 27 March 2013 to 10 March this year.

Experts said it was unusual for such a problem to go unnoticed for so long.

“It is a major breach,” Ron Austin, senior lecturer in computer security at Birmingham City University, told the BBC.

“LaCie is a fairly big company and you would question their information security policies.

“No expert can guarantee 100% security, but it goes back to compliance and ensuring that if you’re offering services out on to the web that you are carrying out regular checks.”

LaCie was taken over by US tech company Seagate in 2012, but still sells goods using its name.

The ( attack, if confirmed, could be particularly damaging for LaCie as the brand has security products among its wares.

Independent tech consultant Graham Cluley said the company had been left with “egg on its face”.

“In an ideal world, attacks get prevented in the first place and you have done enough work to secure your website and maybe hired some penetration testers to see if there are vulnerabilities,” he said.

“If you can’t prevent it in the first place, hopefully you can pick it up while it’s occurring and deflect it.

“Clearly LaCie did fail in some way. They should have spotted something was happening.

LaCie said it had disabled its online store while it shifted it to a secure payment specialist

Adobe flaw

A statement on LaCie’s website said that shoppers should check their bills for fraudulent charges and that they would need to change their logins when its store reopened.

“The information that may have been accessed by the unauthorised person may include customers’ names, addresses, email addresses, and payment card numbers and card expiration dates,” it said.

“Customers’ LaCie website user names and passwords could also have been accessed, which is why we required a reset of all passwords.”

Hackers are believed to have exploited flaws in Adobe’s software

The statement said that LaCie was alerted to the problem by the FBI on 19 March.

However, security blogger Brian Krebs had warned the company earlier that month that its site might have had credit card data stolen by a criminal gang exploiting vulnerabilities in Adobe’s ColdFusion web application development software.

On 17 March Mr Krebs reported that LaCie had told him that its preliminary investigation had found no indication that customer data had been compromised.

But in a follow-up article, Mr Krebs said that LaCie had now acknowledged there were “indications” that someone had used malware that exploited the flaws in Adobe’s code.

Mr Krebs added that other companies that had fallen victim to related attacks included the US credit card processor SecurePay and the jam-maker Smuckers.

A spokeswoman for Adobe was unable to provide comment.

Facts Regarding Online Gambling Websites


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Gambling is a chaotic activity at the best of times, and navigating
the world of online gambling sites can be complicated. It is difficult
to distinguish between legal and illegal options, in addition to the
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Heartbleed bug denial by NSA and White House

Heartbleed bug,jpg(Media Release) The US National Security Agency has denied it knew about or exploited the Heartbleed online security flaw.

The denial came after a Bloomberg News report alleging the NSA used the flaw in OpenSSL to harvest data.

OpenSSL is online-data scrambling software used to protect data such as passwords sent online.

Last year, NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed the organisation deliberately introduced vulnerabilities to security software.

‘A mistake’

A German computer programmer has accepted responsibility for the emergence of the Heartbleed bug, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Robin Seggelman, a 31 year old from Oelde – 120 miles (193km) north of Frankfurt – is reported to have made the mistake while trying to improve the OpenSSL cryptographic library on 31 December 2011.

“It’s ( tempting to assume that, after the disclosure of the spying activities of the NSA and other agencies, but in this case it was a simple programming error in a new feature, which unfortunately occurred in a security-relevant area,” he told Fairfax Media.

“It was not intended at all, especially since I have previously fixed OpenSSL bugs myself, and was trying to contribute to the project.”

The bug, which allows hackers to snatch chunks of data from systems protected by OpenSSL, was revealed by researchers working for Google and a small Finnish security firm, Codenomicon, earlier this month.

OpenSSL is used by roughly two-thirds of all websites and the glitch existed for more than two years, making it one of the most serious internet security flaws to be uncovered in years.

“[The] NSA was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL, the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability, until it was made public in a private-sector cyber security report,” NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said in an email, adding that “reports that say otherwise are wrong.”

A White House official also denied the US government was aware of the bug.

“Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong,” White House national security spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

“This administration takes seriously its responsibility to help maintain an open, interoperable, secure and reliable internet,” she insisted, adding: “If the federal government, including the intelligence community, had discovered this vulnerability prior to last week, it would have been disclosed to the community responsible for OpenSSL.”

Bloomberg, citing two people it said were familiar with the matter, said the NSA secretly made Heartbleed part of its “arsenal”, to obtain passwords and other data.

It claimed the agency has more than 1,000 experts devoted to finding such flaws – who found the Heartbleed glitch shortly after its introduction.

The claim has unsettled many.

“If the NSA really knew about Heartbleed, they have some *serious* explaining to do,” cryptographer Matthew Green said on Twitter.

The agency was already in the spotlight after months of revelations about its huge data-gathering capabilities.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden indicated the organisation was routinely collecting vast amounts of phone and internet data, together with partner intelligence agencies abroad.

President Barack Obama has ordered reforms that would halt government bulk collection of US telephone records, but critics argue this does not go far enough.

The US government said users should change passwords to patched services

Separate to its denials regarding the NSA, the US government also said it believes hackers are trying to make use of the flaw.

Dangerous or not?

Internet security firm Cloudfare has cast doubt on the scale of the danger posed by Heartbleed, saying it has been unable to exploit it to obtain the secret SSL keys that would put people’s data at risk.

The US company was one of those given early warning of the bug before Monday’s announcement, and had 12 days to carry out tests.

“Note that is not the same as saying it is impossible to use Heartbleed to get private keys,” blogged software engineering leader Nick Sullivan.

“However, if it is possible, it is at a minimum very hard.”

The news prompted news site The Verge to lead with the headline: “Heartbleed security flaw may not be as dangerous as thought”

But the security firm that sounded the first alert stands by its warning.

“We know what we found,” Codenomicon chief executive David Chartier told the BBC.

“Access to memory is a very serious vulnerability and it’s great that people are taking quick action to upgrade and remediate the problem.

“If you search on the internet you will find many people have replicated the problem.”

The Department of Homeland Security advised the public to change passwords for sites affected by the flaw, once they had confirmed they were secure, although it added that so far no successful attacks had been reported.

Several makers of internet hardware and software also revealed some of their products were affected, including network routers and switches, video conferencing equipment, phone call software, firewalls and applications that let workers remotely access company data.

The US government also said that it was working with other organisations “to determine the potential vulnerabilities to computer systems that control essential systems – like critical infrastructure, user-facing and financial systems”.

The bug makes it possible for a knowledgeable hacker to impersonate services and users, and potentially eavesdrop on the data communications between them.

It only exposes 64K of data at a time, but a malicious party could theoretically make repeated grabs until they had the information they wanted. Crucially, an attack would not leave a trace, making it impossible to be sure whether hackers had taken advantage of it.

Heritage Bank Sees Great Opportunity on Property Investment in Toowoomba


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“Heritage Bank recognizes investors’ potential in Toowoomba after being named as one of the best investment markets in Australia according to HotSpotting.” (

Are you looking for an affordable break into property investment? Well, it seems Darling Downs residents should look no further than their own doorstep.

Toowoomba has been named as one of Australia’s best investment markets in the 2013-14 Top 10 Best Buys report by property website Offering all the benefits of urban living without the big city ‘hassles’, a relaxed lifestyle and family-friendly atmosphere, Toowoomba has some of the most affordable homes in Queensland. It offers easy access to the bright lights of Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and as the gateway to the Surat Basin energy corridor; it’s also perfectly positioned to benefit from the energy and mining boom. With its affordability, location, diversity and convenience offering an attractive alternative to the big cities, it’s no wonder investors are lining up to take a look.

Looking to secure your financial future with a property portfolio but not sure where to start? Help get your investments off the ground and on the right track, with these simple tips.

  • Check your finances. Before you invest, it’s important to get an idea of how much money you can actually afford to invest. This can be as simple as listing all your assets and incomes and working out your expenses.

  • Start budgeting. See where you’ve been spending your money and plan for bigger expenses down the line.

  • Do your research. Have an idea of the type of property you want, the desired area and price range. Look at data on real estate websites covering everything from recent sales in a particular area through to housing hotspot predictions. This can help determine the future success of your investment.

  • Check your credit rating, before you apply for a loan. This can help you understand what information is there, what the lenders will see and whether your application will be successful.

  • Get a pre-approval through your financial institution or a mortgage broker to help speed up processes down the track. Making a relatively high number of credit applications in a short space of time is bad for your credit rating so be careful not to be put in a multiple applications.

Heritage Bank has a range of financial planners across south east Queensland who can help you put in place the right financial plan for your circumstances.  To set up an appointment, call Heritage on 13 14 22, go to or visit your nearest branch.

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Kathryn Williams
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Heritage Bank is Australia’s largest customer-owned bank. With a history going back to 1875, we’ve always been in the business of helping Australians realise their financial dreams and enrich their lives. What’s the difference between a bank and a customer-owned bank? We’re independent – owned by our customers, not shareholders. So instead of pursuing massive profits, our focus is on putting People first.

Physical Address: 6th Floor 400 Ruthven St., Toowoomba QLD 4350 Australia
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The 2nd “World Tea & Coffee Expo” ™ 2104 – India’s Only Trade Show Focused on the Tea & Coffee Sectors to be held at Mumbai, India from 11th Sept – 13th Sept 2014


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Supported by many eminent trade bodies including Tea Board of India
(Govt of India). Over 6,000 Trade visitors expected. * India is the
second-largest tea producer and consumer after China and fourth
largest tea exporter after Kenya, China, and Sri Lanka.

Mumbai, India, April 11, 2014 — The 2nd “World Tea & Coffee Expo”
™ 2014 ( ), India’s only trade
show focused on the Tea & Coffee Sectors to be held at Bombay
Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai,India from 11th Sept – 13th Sept
2014 (Thursday - Saturday). At this exclusive trade show all leading
global companies associated with Tea & Coffee trade will showcase
their products and technologies. (

For the tea trade professional, there will be access to Tea boards,
certifications, new teas and infusions, tea processing and packaging
machinery, teabag material manufacturers and allied products and
accessories. Aside from the impressive and varied list of exhibitors,
there will also be numerous tea tastings and awareness seminars.
Coffee too is witnessing strong retail volume growth, owing to growing
consumer interest in coffee amidst intensive marketing campaigns by
players. The coffee industry will also be strongly represented here.
Exhibitors would range from producers and exporters to roasters,
machinery manufacturers and coffee-related accessories.

Tea and coffee are among the most popular beverages, consumed both in
India and around the world. The top two tea producing nations –
China and India, collectively produce about 60% of total global tea
output. India is the second-largest tea producer and consumer after
China and fourth largest tea exporter after Kenya, China, and Sri
Lanka. India, which exports more than two-thirds of its coffee output,
grows coffee primarily in its Southern part. Recently, Coffee too has
become very popular in India amongst the youth thanks to entry of new
Indian & Overseas chains like Barista, Café Coffee Day (CCD), Costa
Coffee, Gloria Jeans, and others. With domestic coffee outlets set to
increase manifold over the next 3 years, in addition to foray of
global players such as Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts in India, the
coffee industry is likely to witness healthy growth in future.

The 2nd World Tea & Coffee Expo 2014 with over 100 exhibitors from 8
countries will thus be an ideal trade platform for those associated
with these sectors. Participation at the show will enable one to
identify the sectors driving growth as also network with the leading
companies, the leading brands. The seminars will offer strategic
analysis of key factors influencing the market – be they legislative,
distribution, packaging or pricing issues. Forecasts as to how the
market is set to change shall also be given.

The organizer of the show is Sentinel Exhibitions Asia P Ltd [SEA], a
part of the Sentinel media group. Headquartered in Mumbai (India), SEA
is engaged in organizing International Business Conferences and Trade
Expos. For further information please log onto or call in +91 22 28625133 or email
to [email protected].

Press & Media Contact:
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Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report

Tamiflu medicine pill by a Swiss company Roche...

Tamiflu medicine pill by a Swiss company Roche against Influenza A (H1N1) virus causing the 2009 flu pandemic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Media Release) Hundreds of millions of pounds may have been wasted on a drug for flu that works no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis has said.

The UK has spent £473m on Tamiflu, which is stockpiled by governments globally to prepare for flu pandemics.

The Cochrane Collaboration claimed the drug did not prevent the spread of flu or reduce dangerous complications, and only slightly helped symptoms.

The manufacturers Roche and other experts say the analysis is flawed.

The antiviral drug Tamiflu was stockpiled from 2006 in the UK when some agencies were predicting that a pandemic of bird flu could kill up to 750,000 people in Britain. Similar decisions were made in other countries.

Hidden data

The drug was widely prescribed during the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

Drug companies do not publish all their research data. This report is the result of a colossal fight for the previously hidden data into the effectiveness and side-effects of Tamiflu.

It concluded that the drug reduced the persistence of flu symptoms from seven days to 6.3 days in adults and to 5.8 days in children. But the report’s authors said drugs such as paracetamol could have a similar impact.

On claims that the drug prevented complications such as pneumonia developing, Cochrane suggested the trials were so poor there was “no visible effect”.

Another justification for stockpiling was to slow the spread of the disease to give time for a vaccine to be developed. The report’s authors said “the case for this is simply unproven” and “there is no credible way these drugs could prevent a pandemic”.

It ( also claimed that the drug had a number of side-effects, including nausea, headaches, psychiatric events, kidney problems and hyperglycaemia.

Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and one of the report’s authors, told the BBC: “I think the whole £500m has not benefited human health in any way and we may have harmed people.

“The system that exists for producing evidence on drugs is so flawed and open to misuse that the public has been misled.”

Dr Tom Jefferson, a clinical epidemiologist and former GP, said: “I wouldn’t give it for symptom relief, I’d give paracetamol.”

The Cochrane Collaboration researchers have not placed the blame on any individual or organisation, instead saying there had been failings at every step from the manufacturers to the regulators and government.

‘Wrong statistics’

However, there is disagreement about the findings and accusations that a simultaneous campaign to open up drug research is influencing the findings.

The pharmaceutical company Roche said “we disagree with the overall conclusions” and warned they could “potentially have serious public health implications”.

Its UK medical director, Dr Daniel Thurley, told the BBC News website: “The definitive piece of research stands as the randomised control trials, which were shared with the regulators, which led to them in 100 countries around the world approving Tamiflu for treatment and prevention of flu.”

He said the Cochrane group had used the wrong statistics, which “systematically underestimate the benefits” of the drug, and used “unorthodox” methods to analyse the side-effects.

 He concluded: “One of the challenges we have here is actually knowing what they’ve done.”

Prof Wendy Barclay, who researches the influenza virus at Imperial College London, said reducing symptoms in children by 29 hours would be “pretty beneficial”.

She told the BBC: “Tamiflu works as well as any drug we have now or [that] is on the cards.

“Yes, I think they should replenish the stockpile. What else can you do if a pandemic strikes? We won’t have a vaccine for the first six months.”

She also questioned the validity of the research as it analysed the impact during seasonal flu: “If it works a little bit in season flu, the chances are they’ll work quite a lot better in a pandemic situation and get more people back to school and work.”

Kevin McConway, a professor of applied statistics at the Open University, said it was an “impressive” piece of work.

He said: “It is a potential limitation of this study that the work has been carried out alongside campaigning on access to trial data.

“The writers of the review have a clear position in this controversy, and, although I personally do generally agree with their position, I feel it does at times lead to some confusion between reporting the results of the review of these particular drugs and commenting on the general position on access to and use of unpublished data.”

The Department of Health, which took the lead for the UK, said Britain was recognised as “one of the best prepared countries in the world for a potential flu pandemic” and “our stockpile of antivirals is a key part of this.

“We regularly review all published data and will consider the Cochrane review closely.”

The World Health Organization, which classes Tamiflu as an essential medicine, said: “We welcome a new and rigorous analysis of available data, and look forward to consideration of its findings after it appears.”

The Elections are Here! It is Time to Take a Stand! It is Time to VOTE!


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As the largest democracy in the world goes to elections this month,
Prestige Group associates with a Bangalore-based Designer to put
together a campaign to get every Citizen of India, to go out and
Vote! (

Bangalore, India, April 09, 2014 — 2014 will witness one the most
critical and decisive elections in the history of India. It’s time to
shift from passive acceptance to active participation. YOU VOTE. YOU
DECIDE. is a call to action campaign, propelling urban, educated India
to come out and vote. Design has immense power to impact change. By
transforming the billboards in the city of Bangalore through this bold
and thought-provoking campaign, Tania Singh Khosla, a city-based
designer, (Founder of Brand Design Firm tsk Design) has attempted to
prod people out of their lull, to take notice, think and then
hopefully, act.

It is estimated that there are around 100 million first time voters
this year, and through this campaign Tania, tries to play her part by
creating an impact in dressing up the city for the upcoming elections.
The massive billboards across the city will provide an exciting and
potent canvas for the YOU VOTE. YOU DECIDE. campaign.

The Prestige Group ( ), recently
voted as one of the most trusted brands in Indian Real Estate, is
helping Tania & her team dress up the city, as a part of its CSR
Activity. The company will share a few prominent billboards earmarked
for their routine promotions across the city, for this initiative.
“Through this campaign, we wish to remind citizens that voting is the
absolute power that each one of us has in deciding the country’s and
our own future. Prestige’s commitment to quality has been derived from
taking responsibility for our actions. It is with this in mind that we
wish to impress upon the citizens of our city too, and remind them
about their responsibility towards the country” says Uzma Irfan,
Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Prestige Group.

In response to the fervor of the current election, the clutter of
political debate and character bashing, this is an attempt to make
people sit and take notice of a SIMPLE and powerful thought: we are
ALL deeply concerned about the future of India – our future. EACH one
of us is empowered to decide that future through the voice of our
vote. We should CELEBRATE this freedom – it is a privilege. We can do
this by exercising our RIGHT to vote…


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Companies who wish to join this campaign and dress their billboards to
encourage eligible citizens to vote, please contact
[email protected].

About Prestige Group:
The Prestige Group is one of the most trusted brands in Indian Real
Estate ( ), a reputation it has
earned over the last two and a half decades. Founded in 1986, the
Group is now headed by Irfan Razack, along with brothers Rezwan, in
the role of Joint Managing Director & Noaman, as Whole-time Director.
Prestige has expanded its presence to several cities in South India
including Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, and Mysore apart
from Bangalore, where it has established a strong foothold. Having
completed 169 Projects spanning a total developed area of over 51.37
million sqft, Prestige has 65 ongoing projects comprising around 56.94
million sqft & 28 upcoming projects, totaling 31.15 million sqft,
which include Apartment Enclaves, Shopping Malls and Corporate

Prestige’s aggressive growth plans in the Residential, Commercial,
Retail, and Hospitality Sectors in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai,
Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, and Mysore has endowed these cities
with Malls, Townships, Tech Parks, Golf Developments, Luxury Villas
and SEZ’s that are world class edifices raising living and working
standards exponentially. The undoubted quality and distinction of
Prestige properties have drawn accolades from real estate award juries
both nationally and internationally, including the coveted FIABCI

Press & Media Contact:
Ms. Urmila Biswas
+91 98860 99736
[email protected]

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