Fraud Alert: A new tool can crack a credit card number in six seconds

In what amounts to a very clever brute force attack, a group of researchers has figured out how to find credit card information – including expiration dates and CVV numbers – by querying ecommerce sites. The process, which was outlined in IEEE Security & Privacy, involves guessing and testing hundreds of permutations of expiration dates…

via A new tool can crack a credit card number in six seconds — TechCrunch

AMC Networks backs Funny or Die

Comedy site Funny or Die has sold a minority stake to AMC Networks. The deal is intended to strengthen the ties between Funny or Die and AMC’s IFC channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with IFC President Jennifer Caserta joining the site’s board of directors. (Funny or Die already produced the IFC series The Spoils…

via AMC Networks backs Funny or Die — TechCrunch

How to make Kate Hudson’s Bloody Halloween Cosmo

mixologyHere’s what you need to make Kate’s favorite Halloween libation.

1 1/2 parts Absolut Elyx vodka

1 part white cranberry juice

3/4 part blood orange liqueur

1/2 part freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice, then garnish with three red cranberries on a themed ghost stick.


Why I quit my retirement.

I’ve earned a paycheck doing something almost everyday since i was 13 years old, if you include my route as a paperboy for the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram.

I worked my way through the University of Southern California, sometimes holding down a couple of part-time jobs, including painting apartment buildings in Belmont Shores, working the weekend graveyard shift as the desk clerk at the YMCA Hotel, even making giant roll-up warehouse doors at a factory in Vernon.

After graduating, I served as the marketing lead for several huge enterprises, then started and sold a couple of companies. Finally, you get to this point where you think you can retire, travel, go on cruises, learn to golf, or pursue a new hobby.

Unfortunately, when it got to the point where I could retire in my early 50s, it was not as interesting as I thought. So, I dusted off my career after six months of “retirement” and went back to work.

Of course, work is never work if you’re doing something you love.  And, I’m pleased so say, that’s exactly where I am today.

So, for those who are thinking about retiring, my lesson is simple… have a plan “B” that includes working at something you truly love. Retirement will never be better.

Apple Pay exec Jennifer Bailey: #ApplePay transactions grow by 500%. #Money2020

Apple’s head of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, is set to appear alongside other industry titans at Recode’s Code Commerce conference this December. The Apple exec ran the company’s online stores for many years and now leads Apple Pay, Apple’s contactless mobile payments solution. The Code Commerce meeting takes place multiple times a year; Bailey will be appearing at the last one in 2016…

via Apple Pay exec Jennifer Bailey to speak at Code Commerce in December as Apple Pay transactions grow by 500% — 9to5Mac

NHTSA releases best practice guidelines for vehicle cybersecurity

Following its release of guidelines for automakers regarding self-driving cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a similar set of guidelines or “best practices” for cybersecurity in vehicles, designed to provide guidance for car makers. The best practices document is 22 pages and is non-binding, meaning there’s no regulatory imperative… Read More

via NHTSA releases best practice guidelines for vehicle cybersecurity — TechCrunch