Welcome to another edition of the Actuator. This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving here in the USA. I hope that wherever you are reading this, you have the opportunity to be surrounded by family and friends and share a meal.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Nordstrom Blames Breach of Employee Data on Contractor

Nice reminder that it’s important to hire data professionals who understand the basics of data security and privacy. It’s also a nice reminder that a giant corporation will throw you under a bus when given the chance.

 

Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

It’s time we stop thinking we will avoid attacks. Better to adopt the "assume compromise" line of thinking, and work on how to handle incidents when they happen. Because they will.

 

Japanese Cybersecurity Minister Admits He Has Never Used a Computer

If you aren't on the grid, you can't be hacked. Brilliant!

 

Dutch Report Slams Microsoft for GDPR Violations in Office

I’m OK with companies collecting telemetry in order to make product better. I am not OK when that telemetry contains personal data. Microsoft, you can do better than this, and I trust that they will take steps to clean up how their telemetry is done.

 

Your Private Data Is Quietly Leaking Online, Thanks to a Basic Web Security Error

Everything is terrible.

 

Sagrada Familia agrees €36 million payment after building for 136 years with no permit

Crazy to think that a building has been under construction for 136 years, never mind they didn’t have a permit.

 

Michael Bloomberg Will Donate $1.8 Billion To Johns Hopkins University

“No qualified high school student should ever be barred entrance to a college based on his or her family’s bank account.” This, so much this.

 

There was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving--they most likely ate lobster. Enjoy!