* Posts by ToadOfToadHall

5 posts • joined 17 Jul 2015

Shopped in Forever 21? There was bank-card-slurping malware in it for, like, forever


What data are we talking about?

Be interesting to know exactly what the fraudsters got hold of, and what they tried to do with it...

There wouldn't have been PINs presumably (although these are sometimes used for US debit cards), so no cashing out at ATMs. Supposedly no cardholder names (so presumably no addresses either), so I'm guessing we're just talking about images of Track 2 data from cards. So probably just a matter of making counterfeit (mag stripe) cards and buying stuff. But this won't work for transactions that were originally chip.

I doubt you can do much fraud these days with just an account number and an expiry date... Well, except maybe by creating an account on Amazon and then buying whatever you want!

Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out


Working late?

There was a nice story circulating at a previous place I worked (medium-sized American multinational).

It concerned a young German woman who came for a job interview. Naturally, her interviewers mentioned unpaid overtime sometimes being required, showing "commitment", etc. etc. How did she feel about this?

Her reply? : "In my experience, if a company is properly run then this is not necessary".

BTW, the lack of correlation between long hours and productivity has been officially known about since at least the First World War, when studies were done on munitions workers. But yet the myth persists...

Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic


Wait a minute...

Are we sure "Charlie Lyne" is a real name...??

Admittedly the wrong kind of drug for sitting through a long, boring movie, but still...

It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!


Woflie Smith

The main problem I have with this article is the way it equates Corbyn with the Tooting revolutionary... Comrade Wolfie would never have compromised with The System to the extent of joining the Labour Party! Or, indeed, putting forward a programme for managing capitalism (or anything else) more efficiently.

Power to the People!

Freedom for Tooting!

Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android


twenty quid?

No, No, No, No! The amount is not limited to £20... If you can identify yourself (mobile passcode, fruity biometric, signature for Americans...) then you can, in principle, buy anything with Apple Pay or other contactless payment thing.

HOWEVER, most merchants in the UK still have crappy old contactless terminals which don't run the latest version of the software etc. etc. so, in most cases you'll have problems buying anything costing more than £20. But, of course, some shops are bang up-to-date... Like, err, the Apple Store.


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