The Daily Rail: Panera Bread an Example of How NOT to Handle Data Breaches

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DID YOU KNOWS…

Stella Artois Recall

Stella Artois, a Belgian beer brand owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, has voluntarily recalled its bottled beer due to possible glass contamination. The recall includes bottles available in Stella Artois 6-packs, 12-packs, 18-packs, 24-packs, individual Stella Artois bottles in “Best of Belgium” multi-packs in the U.S. and Canada, and Stella Artois Légère 6-packs and 12-packs in the U.S.

Mass Shootings

The shooting at Youtube left three people injured, one critically, and the suspect dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. While details are still emerging about the incident and the potential motives, one aspect of the shooting is getting particular attention – the shooter was a woman. Indeed, when looking at figures collated by Mother Jones, a female attacker in a mass shooting in the U.S. is extremely rare. Only 3% have involved a woman pulling the trigger.

Infographic: Female Mass Shooters Are Very Rare | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Twitter Continues with MLB

Twitter will once again stream an MLB game for free each week. It starts with the A’s and Rangers this afternoon (3:35pm ET). All you need is a Twitter log-in. This is a great opportunity to show a day-game you might not otherwise be able to if you’re running a leaner sports TV content program. And don’t forget, you can always know when the games are on TV and stream with the SportsTV Guide.


AMERICA’S DRIVE-IN SAYS NO TO WEED [CLIP]

Why it matters to you: A Sonic in Gulfport, MS won’t serve people who are smoking weed in the drive-thru.

In a slightly strange play for a fast-food restaurant, a Sonic in Mississippi recently put up a sign that reads:

“ATTENTION: If you are smoking weed in the drive thru you will not be served! Please show some common courtesy and smoke and air out before pulling up to order."

So, we can take this two ways. One, Sonic wants people to not be jerks and pull up with a fishbowled car. Totally and completely understandable; weed is decriminalized there for personal use but not legal. Plus, as an operator, you may not want the weed smoke to waft into your establishment. If they are comparing smoking marijuana to cigarette smoke in this way, then we completely get it; by all means do not serve people smoking obnoxiously at your restaurant where it isn’t allowed. This is a normal request and nobody should fault them for that.

The other way we could take this whole thing is that Sonic doesn’t understand how much of their demographic are active weed smokers and are clueless to where a lot of their business comes from. Sonic has yet to comment on the sign, so until then we won’t know what to believe, but try to refrain from driving around if you are that high anyway.

 

PANERA BREAD’S LEAK

Why it matters to you: Panera Bread knew about a data breach for months.

Panera Bread recently issued a statement to Fox News saying it had finally resolved a large data breach that exposed the contents of “thousands” of customer records. The bigger issue is, that the company was first alerted to this issue around eight months ago but dismissed the claim and did no follow up investigation.

This breach showed customer info in plain text on their site which included full names, emails, physical home addresses, birthdays, and, of course, the last four digits of their credit card they used. Not exactly a breach to be taken as lightly as they did. Even as of yesterday (as they are fixing the issue), their site was still leaking data. Yikes.

Hopefully Panera can fix the problem before too much damage is done. Waiting eight months to do any work on it is highly irresponsible. However, the best way to deal with these breaches are to ensure you are protected from them in the first place.  We must attempt to prevent leaks in whatever ways we can as an industry. As Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This could not hold truer than in the world of your customers’ cybersecurity


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