2013: Adobe hacked, millions of customers’ data compromised

A security breach targeting the source code used by software giant Adobe has compromised the information of nearly three million customers, the company confirmed this week. Brad Arkin, Adobe’s chief security officer, announced in a blog post-Thursday that a sophisticated cyber-attack on the company’s network caused the source code for numerous programs to be illegally accessed by hackers, as well as the personal information of millions of Adobe users. Founded in 1982, the Silicon Valley company is known for an array of products, including the PhotoShop editing software and the PDF, SWF and FLV file formats. According to Arkin, Adobe believes the attackers pilfered customer names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information related to customer orders pertaining to roughly 2.9 million Adobe clients. Arkin said the company does not believe the attackers accessed decrypted information, but stopped short of confirming that plain-text data wasn’t […] Read More

The Delphi Technique: How To Achieve A Workable Consensus Within Time Limits

The Delphi Technique: How To Achieve A Workable Consensus Within Time Limits – by Lynn Stuter The Delphi Technique was originally conceived as a way to obtain the opinion of experts without necessarily bringing them together face to face. In “Educating for the New World Order“ by Bev Eakman, the reader finds reference upon reference for the need to preserve the illusion that there is “Lay, or community, participation in the decision­making process), while in fact lay citizens are being squeezed out.” A specialized use of this technique was developed for teachers, the “Alinsky Method” (ibid., p. 123). The setting or group is, however, immaterial; the point is that people in groups tend to share a certain knowledge base and display certain identifiable characteristics (known as group dynamics). This allows for a special application of a basic technique. The “change agent” or “facilitator” goes through the motions of acting […] Read More