Overall class reflection and week 8

So this week instead of just reflecting on just the week’s class I thought I would reflect on the whole class thus far and along with this week’s material.

For those of you don’t know, this blog is to fulfill a requirement for my graduate course at Purdue. At first, I wasn’t sure how I would like blogging. I typically don’t put a lot of information on the internet or like writing anything somewhat personal that a lot of people are going to read. However, I have really come to enjoy it! I find that writing about the class as a “class reflection” really helps me to process the information and gather my own thoughts about the topics. I als o find reading other blogs to be very informative -I have been able to stay up-to-date with new technologies, apps, hacking stories, various research interests of mine, etc. all from following other blogs!

At this point, I think I will keep the blog up after the class ends in December. But I will probably add more of a personal touch to it. I am really interested in DIY crafts and make a LOT of wreaths that I think I would enjoy blogging about. No decisions has been made yet, I could possibly just create a new blog for post related to crafts and keep this one for professional blogs and keeping up with new technologies etc. Any suggestions?

For class, we are also required to professionally tweet. This is something I was more familiar with. I have had a twitter for a while now, but never used it to professionally tweet and therefore I created a new additional account. I was familiar with the twitter “etiquette” (unlike blogging etiquette which I am still trying to learn).

So the reason I decided to make this a twofold reflection was because my twitter was a part of a form of crowdsourcing, which was this week’s class topic. Crowdsourcing, for those of you who don’t know, is defined by the dictionary as:

the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers

On Saturdays, I tend to watch football and also all the tweets associated with the game. If I’m being honest, the social media aspect of sports has become one of my favorite parts of watching sports. I find it fun to read what fans are saying and also all the commentators will tweet clarification for rulings and penalties, etc. A few Saturdays ago I was looking at stories and found and interesting one – so I retweeted the article. A little bit later, I saw that someone had mentioned my story and thought they just found it interesting as well. Then the next day, I clicked on the link to see the story again but realized it was a different blog all together. I wasn’t sure why they were mentioning my tweet then? The blog had a variety of topics on the page with a ton of stories categorized by days for all the topics. I looked under the sports column for the page and realized the story I found was there and they said “Story shared by DMCrim”. All stories on their page had this line and many different twitter and blog usernames. So I asked my group about this on Monday – and they informed me that this was an example of crowdsourcing. Prior to this week I had very little knowledge on the topic, but now I am more informed!

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Home Depot Data Breach

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As many of you might have seen on the news or on twitter, Home Depot had a data breach, similar to the Target breach from December 2013. The breach was detected September 2nd. Home Depot released the following statement:

“On September 2 we disclosed that we were investigating a possible breach of our payment data systems. We want you to know that we have now confirmed that those systems have in fact been breached, which could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward. We do not have any evidence that the breach has impacted stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at HomeDepot.com. We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers. We also want to emphasize that you will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges to your accounts, and we’re offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any customer who has shopped at a Home Depot store in 2014, from April on.”
According to Brian Krebs, a cyber security reporter who reported on the target and now home depot story, the information stolen from Home Depot data breach is now being sold to underground thieve who are replicating card information. Additionally, “multiple financial institutions are reporting a steep increase over the past few days in fraudulent ATM withdrawals on customer accounts,” Krebs reported. This news is alarming to anyone who has shopping at Home Depot recently. However, don’t panic!  Here are a few tips on what to do:
1. Check your bank account activity for any unusual activity – if any is found, report it to your bank and the police.
2. Get a new card!
3. Home Depot is providing free credit monitoring and identity theft for a year to anyone who shopped at Home Depot since April.
Also, Home Depot insured customers they would not be responsible for any stolen money.  That’s all for now, I’m off to check my account history! I bought a gift card for a wedding back in April at Home Depot!
Thoughts on this story? I’d love to hear them! How much damage do you think has been done? Will they catch the hackers?