Noreen Seebacher

Gannett Paper Exposes Gun Owners, Hides Hacks

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Threaded | Newest First | Oldest First
BethSchultz
User Rank
Blogger
So bizarre
BethSchultz   3/8/2013 10:08:11 AM
NO RATINGS
Hi Noreen. This is one of the oddest stories I've read in a long time! It almost seems as if you received the email about the breach because you'd written about Gannett. Did you get that sense? Or do you think the timing was pure coincidence?

PredictableChaos
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: So bizarre
PredictableChaos   3/8/2013 2:40:27 PM
NO RATINGS
 

Bizarre is a good word for it.

Why wouldn't they notify people who's data has been compromised? Since they have the email list, just sending a prompt email would be the bare minimum.  Publishing an article wouldn't hurt.  They really didn't do so? 

I'm curious to see how they respond to your questions.

PC

BethSchultz
User Rank
Blogger
Re: So bizarre
BethSchultz   3/8/2013 3:02:03 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm really curious, too. Data privacy isn't something to toy around with. In fact, most states have data breach laws in effect that mandate notification when a breach involves personally identifiable information, don't they?

PredictableChaos
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: So bizarre
PredictableChaos   3/8/2013 3:38:58 PM
NO RATINGS
 

Yes, there are notification laws, which vary by state.  The NY state law is AB4254 which was signed in 2005, so this isn't a new issue.

And with data for 10,000 accounts hacked, this breach is a big deal.

PC

BethSchultz
User Rank
Blogger
Re: So bizarre
BethSchultz   3/8/2013 3:46:27 PM
NO RATINGS
You have to wonder why Economic Guardian isn't going to authorities, then, rather than to the "victims." Something doesn't smell right about this whole thing!

SethBreedlove
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: So bizarre
SethBreedlove   3/8/2013 5:35:20 PM
NO RATINGS
@ Noreen, if I'm understanding things correctly, I think a possible reason why the Gannett paper didn't notify anyone, if this did occur, was the paper had already broadcast the information to the world, that the hackers did.  Though one did it legally and the other didn't. 

 

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: So bizarre
Noreen Seebacher   3/8/2013 8:33:23 PM
NO RATINGS
No Seth - that is not it. The hackers exposed login info for the papers website. The paper published the names of gun permit owners.

rbaz
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: So bizarre
rbaz   3/8/2013 9:14:25 PM
NO RATINGS
The only possible explanation I can come up with is that the newspaper was caught without a plan in place to deal with such a case and ignored it hoping it would pass unnoticed. Inaction usually is this is a result of lacking direction. Not too good in this case.

SethBreedlove
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: So bizarre
SethBreedlove   3/9/2013 6:02:10 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Noreen. 

While Gannett may have the power to suppress the media, I am a little surprised some other news source didn't broadcast.  Or maybe they have a mutual understanding that one won't report the other. 

I'm wondering what the law says about disclosure on this issue, since this is not a financial institution. 

When I register to comment on a news site, sometimes I use a mock address such as 111 Street St. City, CA USA to prevent junk mail and such. Though rarely I do that because if it is a heated issue, I doubt anyone reads all 300 prior comments, before making a comment of their own. 

 

Broadway0474
User Rank
Blogger
Re: So bizarre
Broadway0474   3/10/2013 6:53:07 PM
NO RATINGS
@Seth, I wouldn't think there'd be anything holding back other media companies from spreading this bad news far and wide about a competitor. Media companies after all have earned nicknames like muckrakers and yellow press, etc.

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: So bizarre
Noreen Seebacher   3/11/2013 7:37:57 AM
NO RATINGS
I'm sure most companies have no qualms sharing bad news about their competitors, especially in such a tough media marketing atmosphere

Broadway0474
User Rank
Blogger
Re: So bizarre
Broadway0474   3/11/2013 11:32:31 PM
NO RATINGS
@Noreen, case in point. Check out how other media outlets have been reporting the spin-off of Time Inc. There is downright giddiness in it. Daniel Gross' smirky countenance in his headshot does not help either.

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: So bizarre
Noreen Seebacher   3/12/2013 7:38:12 AM
NO RATINGS
You're right - good points

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
New York Hack victims
Noreen Seebacher   3/10/2013 9:09:15 AM
NO RATINGS
Has anyone in the NY area looked up their names on the database? How do you feel about the theft of your personal information - and more importantly, the newspaper's failure to contact you?

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New York Hack victims
Noreen Seebacher   3/10/2013 9:12:52 AM
NO RATINGS
Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New York Hack victims
Noreen Seebacher   3/10/2013 9:15:31 AM
NO RATINGS
JOURNALISM: Gannett Paper Exposes Gun Owners, Hides Hacks. "To be blunt, we have no idea why the Journal News has not notified you. . . . They have left you in jeopardy for over two months."

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New York Hack victims
Noreen Seebacher   3/10/2013 9:16:55 AM
NO RATINGS
How are victims of this hack planning to respond?

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New York Hack victims
Noreen Seebacher   3/10/2013 9:17:48 AM
NO RATINGS
If you want me to check for your name in the database, I will try to do so -- as long as I don't get too many requests.

Alexis
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: New York Hack victims
Alexis   3/10/2013 2:52:03 PM
NO RATINGS
This is really an odd and disturbing story. I realize that no financial data was exposed - or so it seems. But the victims still should have been notified.

cyril
User Rank
Prospector
Re: New York Hack victims
cyril   3/10/2013 5:09:13 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree. Think companies have an obligation to disclose any unauthorized access to data.

kq4ym
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: New York Hack victims
kq4ym   3/11/2013 8:21:31 AM
NO RATINGS
It seems pretty mysterious and maybe that's wny the paper hasn't yet notified anyone pending trying to figure out just what happened. Maybe the "hacker" got an old employee to provide a list? Maybe it wasn't really a hack but just some social engineering. Who knows at this point, but curious nonetheless.

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New York Hack victims
Noreen Seebacher   3/11/2013 9:40:13 AM
NO RATINGS
I spoke to some people at the paper over the weekend. We will post a video followup very soon. That should explain some of the issues.

Alexis
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: New York Hack victims
Alexis   3/11/2013 9:51:44 AM
NO RATINGS
Very eager to hear that response!

Noreen Seebacher
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New York Hack victims
Noreen Seebacher   3/11/2013 4:37:22 PM
NO RATINGS
Watch the update here

Information Resources
More Blogs from Noreen Seebacher
Everyone is talking about big-data as an HR solution, so why doesn't it seem like we're any closer to solving the people problem?
Even at a trade fair better known for seminars on information technology, big-data was too significant to ignore.
All Analytics readers have serious issues with the data hidden in digital photos.
The system we use to select American courtroom juries is riddled with delays, frustrations, and inefficiencies.
It was actually a little too easy to slip a cellphone past security at a federal courthouse.
Radio Show
A2 Conversations
UPCOMING
James M. Connolly
Retail Analytics: See Where Style Meets Statistics


12/6/2016   REGISTER   0
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Why the IoT Matters to Your Business


11/29/2016  LISTEN   45
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Will Data and Humans Become Friends in 2017?


11/22/2016  LISTEN   40
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
We Can Build Smarter Cities


10/20/2016  LISTEN   31
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Visualization: Let Your Data Speak


10/13/2016  LISTEN   70
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
How Colleges and Tech Are Grooming Analytics Talent


9/7/2016  LISTEN   56
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
How Machine Learning Takes Handwriting Recognition to New Levels


8/25/2016  LISTEN   40
ARCHIVE
AllAnalytics
A Look at Tomorrow's Data Scientist


8/9/2016  LISTEN   83
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Analytics and the Making of a President


7/21/2016  LISTEN   76
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Analytics: Where We've Been, Where We're Going


7/12/2016  LISTEN   48
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
How Predictive Analytics Can Take Your Company to the Next Level


6/28/2016  LISTEN   22
Information Resources
Quick Poll
Quick Poll
About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Help  |  Register  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  RSS