2017 Data Breaches Report
Chart of the Day: The 10th edition of the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report has been released. The 76 page report indicates that use of weak passwords and downloading malware attachments in emails are still very common points of penetration. The report is referenced in the press release section of the US Secret Service website. Photo credit: US Secret Service (PDF)

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How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug (Trevin)

Can a custom playlist designed by a doctor be used in place of medical treatment? A Boston-based company called the Sync Project is working to “develop music as precision medicine.”

Spokesman for Trump’s Lawyer Keeps Nailing Trump (Reader James)

The spokesman for Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz continues to lash out against Trump on Twitter. Makes one wonder the opinions of Kasowitz.

CIA / Amazon Cloud Computing = “Invincible” (Jimmy)

The CIA has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud computing. John Edwards, the CIA’s Chief Information Officer, says it was “the best decision we ever made.”

Video Depositions of Psychologists Behind CIA Torture Methods (Jimmy)

The author writes, “In his deposition, Dr. Mitchell revealed that he, along with others, urged the C.I.A. to destroy videotapes the agency had made of some interrogations.”

France’s State of Emergency Laws to ‘Codify’ (Dan)

Recent terror events in Europe have compelled the French government to “codify” some aspects of the country’s state of emergency.