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2017 Was The Year Of Hacks. 2018 Probably Won’t Be Better.
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2017 Was The Year Of Hacks. 2018 Probably Won’t Be Better.

Some were intentional (looking at you, North Korea), and some were not (hello Equifax, nice of you to join us).
That conclusion comes from the cybersecurity company UpGuard, which detailed our current information security environment and the risks to it in its annual cyber risk report published Dec. 18.
“Indeed, they are fighting this battle with weapons from the last war, and the results have been disastrous.” With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of this year’s other notable data breaches, leaks and hacks: In September, consumer credit ratings agency Equifax revealed hackers had stolen the personal details of 143 million Americans (roughly half of all Americans), including highly sensitive information like their Social Security numbers.
Dispatchers who typically pick up within 10 seconds were so overwhelmed the wait time hit six minutes.
Officials blamed hackers for the intrusion into their emergency alert system ― a possibility Rocky Vaz, Dallas’ director of emergency management, said nobody had ever considered until it happened.
One document, labeled, “Director of Central Intelligence Directive No.
6/9,” described in detail how to configure a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.” If you aren’t familiar, the government uses SCIFs for its most sensitive intelligence briefings.
This marketing and analytics firm left a database containing detailed information on 123 million American households (that’s basically all of them) unsecured and open to the public.
The database in question likely came from Experian, another consumer credit rating agency, and contained 248 data points on each household in question, including basic information like addresses and phone numbers, and more descriptive data like whether you’re more of a dog person or a cat person, what magazines you subscribe to, and the number and ages of your kids.
Are hacks and breaches like these just the new normal?

The History Of The Baby Name ‘Chicago’
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The History Of The Baby Name ‘Chicago’

Kim Kardashian announced on Friday that she and Kanye West have named their new baby girl Chicago West.
The Social Security Administration only releases data for baby names that were given to at least five baby boys or five baby girls in a given year.
Seven boys were named Chicago in 1996 and 1998.
Five baby boys named Chicago were born in 2005, six in 2008 and seven in 2015.
It has never appeared in the public data for girls ― meaning that even if some American parents have chosen it for their daughters, the number of baby girls given that name in a year has always been fewer than five.
A follow-up tweet from Khloe Kardashian suggests baby Chicago will go by the nickname “Chi,” pronounced “shy.” The baby name Chi is marginally more popular than Chicago.
It appears in the SSA data for boys and girls as far back as 1970.
More recently, in 2016, nine baby girls were named Chi, and in 2015 and 2014, 10 baby girls were.
It has also appeared in the data for baby boys, with six boys named Chi in 2013, five in 2011, seven in 2009 and 2008, six in 2007, eight in 2006 and 2005, and nine in 2004.
In 2015, five baby girls were named North, and her nickname Nori has jumped up from 11 girls in 2013 to 168 in 2016.

Ivanka Trump And Marco Rubio’s Paid Leave Plan Is A Disaster For Women
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Ivanka Trump And Marco Rubio’s Paid Leave Plan Is A Disaster For Women

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and first daughter Ivanka Trump are pushing for a paid parental leave plan that is actually worse than the current federal policy ― which is no policy at all.
The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that offers no paid time off to new mothers.
Under the Rubio-Trump scheme, which is based on a proposal from the conservative Independent Women’s Forum, new parents would fund their parental leave by tapping into their Social Security benefits early.
Parents would get 12 weeks of benefits ― estimated to be about 40 percent of average worker pay ― in exchange for what the Independent Women’s Forum claims would only be six weeks of Social Security retirement benefits down the line.
But the Rubanka plan would have parents pay for children with their retirement funds ― essentially stealing from their own future well-being.
Though they live longer than men, women have less money saved for retirement.
This is partly because women are more likely to take time out of the labor force to care for children and other family members, working just 75 percent of the years men work.
In a piece written for the conservative publication The Federalist, the group’s managing director, Carrie Lukas, writes that a policy like this could have the added “benefit” of changing Americans’ thinking about Social Security as a bedrock benefit that cannot be changed.
Under his plan, the U.S. would offer six weeks of family leave, paid for with unemployment insurance.
“But [Rubio’s plan] is a step in the wrong direction.” Advocates like Bravo have been fighting for paid leave since the 1993 passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which provides 12 weeks unpaid leave for some employees at large companies.

65 City-Inspired Baby Names Parents Are Giving Their Newborns
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65 City-Inspired Baby Names Parents Are Giving Their Newborns

Kim Kardashian announced Friday that she and Kanye West have named their new baby girl Chicago West.
The specific name Chicago is pretty rare, but city names in general aren’t uncommon in the U.S. From the classics like Paris and Austin to the less popular Miami and Zurich, many cities have found new life in the form of baby names.
We scoured the Social Security Administration’s most recent data to find more examples, based on the names of babies born in 2016.
Without further ado, here are 65 city names American parents gave their babies in 2016: Boston (414 boys, 49 girls) Memphis (428 boys, 92 girls) London (345 boys, 2,339 girls) Brooklyn (68 boys, 5,922 girls) Paris (80 boys, 1,152 girls) Houston (285 boys, 10 girls) Austin (5,334 boys, 116 girls) Geneva (194 girls) Juneau (10 girls) Sydney (46 boys, 2,309 girls) Siena (475 girls) Oslo (12 boys) Camden (3,322 boys, 156 girls) Vienna (290 girls) Madrid (five girls) Trenton (815 boys) Hudson (6,098 boys, 127 girls) Verona (22 girls) Albany (20 girls) Ravenna (21 girls) Charleston (64 boys, 154 girls) Brighton (121 boys, 100 girls) Phoenix (1,226 boys, 719 girls) Savannah (5,336 girls) Florence (246 girls) Providence (12 girls) Bristol (15 boys, 585 girls) Madison (42 boys, 8,982 girls) Kingston (3,109 boys, 15 girls) Alexandria (1,460 girls) Havana (54 girls) Adelaide (1,227 girls) Berlin (five boys, 75 girls) Vegas (five boys) Odessa (76 girls) Darby (17 boys, 120 girls) Sedona (64 girls) Santiago (3,700 boys, 13 girls) Miami (18 girls) Nairobi (21 girls) Jackson (11,210 boys, 25 girls) Salem (147 boys, 184 girls) Orlando (430 boys) Valencia (112 girls) Lourdes (99 girls) Dallas (1218 boys, 479 girls) Rio (132 boys, 61 girls) Cairo (266 boys, 16 girls) Montreal (seven boys) Olympia (51 girls) Macon (32 boys) Raleigh (89 boys, 168 girls) Rome (142 boys, 16 girls) Venice (seven boys, 37 girls) Augusta (seven boys, 25 girls) Milan (685 boys, 376 girls) Doha (six girls) Cheyenne (five boys, 802 girls) Zurich (five boys) Dayton (242 boys, 22 girls) Denver (268 boys, 180 girls) Richmond (24 boys) Carmel (seven boys, eight girls) Cleveland (23 boys) York (12 boys)

Kris Kobach Posted Partial Social Security Numbers Of Thousands Of Kansas Officials Online
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Kris Kobach Posted Partial Social Security Numbers Of Thousands Of Kansas Officials Online

The office of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) posted forms online containing the last four digits of thousands of state employees and they were easily accessible to members of the public, Gizmodo reported on Thursday.
Kansas law requires candidates, lawmakers and state employees to submit a statement of substantial interest form to Kobach’s office, which includes information about assets and business interests.
State law requires Kobach’s office to make the forms available to the public, but Kobach’s office had gone a step further and posted the forms for thousands of officials, including himself, online.
After Thursday’s Gizmodo report, Kobach’s office removed the forms from the state website, but said they would continue to make them available to people who requested them in person.
As the vice chairman of the now-defunct Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Kobach requested information on voters from all 50 states, including, if publicly available, the last four digits of their Social Security number.
Security experts warned that an attempt to create a single database containing voter information on millions of Americans was creating a “treasure trove” for hackers.
Kobach also runs Interstate Crosscheck, a system more than two dozen states use to verify people who may be on voting rolls in more than one place.
The Kansas Secretary of State’s office is required by statute to make the information requested by the Ethic’s [sic] Commission publicly available,” she said in the statement.
“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach does not believe that the last four of a person’s social security number should be part of this publicly available information.
Asked whether Kobach’s office had approached the commission about privacy concerns before, Skoglund noted he had only been in his role since September but said Thursday was the first time he had heard about it.

Social Security Has Paid Benefits To My Dead Husband For A Year
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Social Security Has Paid Benefits To My Dead Husband For A Year

Getty Images/iStockphoto Ann Brenoff’s “On The Fly” is a weekly column about navigating growing older ― and a few other things.
For the past 12 months, your tax dollars have been going to pay Social Security benefits to a dead man.
No, I am not engaging in any sort of attempt to defraud the Social Security fund.
Quite the contrary, I reported his death to the Social Security Administration immediately after it occurred and have been reporting it repeatedly ever since.
None of my two dozen or so calls ― or the day I took off work to visit my local Social Security office and paid $13 to park ― has changed the fact that, as of this writing, the SSA continues to deposit a monthly payment into the checking account I shared with my dead husband.
In fact, they also continue to pay his Medicare premium out of his benefit payment.
To quote Philip Moeller, a journalist and co-author of Get What’s Yours: The Revised Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security Benefits, “Among all of Social Security’s arcane rules, secrets, and claiming surprises, the greatest personal revelation to me has been that the agency often gives out confusing, inconsistent, and even flat-out wrong information.” Is there a #MeToo button for getting bad information from Social Security?
The Social Security Program Operating Manual System, the bible for agency workers, is virtually undecipherable to the untrained eye.
When it comes to understanding Social Security and Medicare, many people need to sit down with a human being.
An ongoing SSA survey finds that just 25 percent of people who call the agency’s toll-free number think they’ve received excellent service.

Record for longest-serving woman in the House of Representatives breaks this weekend

Record for longest-serving woman in the House of Representatives breaks this weekend

As women at the podium addressed the chamber, men on the House floor would often continue speaking to each other.
“In those days, when a woman went to the floor to speak, it took almost a decade before they would even listen,” she said in a sit-down interview this week with NBC News.
“The House wasn’t called to order.” But earlier this week, that same chamber dedicated floor time between votes to celebrate Kaptur, who on Sunday will become the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives — breaking a record that had stood for nearly 60 years.
The granddaughter of Polish immigrants, Kaptur said she was first spurred to run for office after witnessing the spiking unemployment that hit her home city of Toledo, Ohio during the 1979 oil crisis.
She left her post as a domestic policy advisor for President Jimmy Carter and her doctorate studies at MIT to run for Congress.
Elected in 1982 during the Democratic midterm wave that followed President Ronald Reagan’s election, Kaptur has served alongside eight House Speakers, during the administrations of six presidents.
She said the thought of retiring has yet to cross her mind.
If you come here, it will take a long time,’” to get things done, she said.
And her career has been defined by the long game.
But after more than three decades in Washington, she says, she’s noticed one big shift: Now, congressmen listen when she speaks.

The Fed is hogging the attention, but don’t forget this critical number for the economy

The Fed is hogging the attention, but don’t forget this critical number for the economy

The Fed is widely expected to raise a key interest rate that helps set the cost of borrowing for companies and consumers — business startup loans, mortgages and so forth.
Companies are complaining loudly about growing shortages of skilled workers and it’s just going to get worse.
Read: U.S. job openings hit record high at start of 2018 Now firms have two choices.
Increase pay to win over new workers in a highly competitive jobs market, a potential source of inflation.
Or invest more money in computers and other equipment to help current employees produce more goods and services in the same amount of time.
Read: Why Trump is wrong about a Canada deficit, but not off base in seeking a better deal Investment has tapered off recently to a yearly rate of 6.3%, with lower readings in January and December reflecting the first back-to-back declines since early 2016.
Many executives also said the planned to increase investment in the next six months.
“Core orders have started to slow after surging at the end of last year, but the latest business surveys point to a renewed acceleration soon,” economists at Capital Economics wrote.
So pay close attention to core orders in the broader monthly report on durable goods.
It doesn’t get the same attention as Fed meetings, but it’s also a must-see event this year.

Dreamers no longer banned from 70 occupations under bill Holcomb expected to sign

Dreamers no longer banned from 70 occupations under bill Holcomb expected to sign

Various local religious and labor leaders, along with other community members, form a human chain during a DACA protest spanning diagonally across the intersection of East Ohio and North Pennsylvania Streets in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Eric Holcomb is expected to sign the measure after lawmakers gave it final approval Wednesday.
DACA recipients, often called Dreamers, would no longer be shut out of more than 70 occupations in Indiana under legislation headed to Gov.
Indiana lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would change the citizenship verification requirements for obtaining professional licenses to include the roughly 9,000 young immigrants in Indiana who were brought to the United States illegally as children but granted legal work status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Controversy erupted when the Holcomb administration recently began screening out DACA recipients through a change in the application forms used by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, which coordinates licensing for nearly one in seven Indiana workers.
Holcomb has expressed support for the new legislation while defending the licensing agency’s actions.
The change to the license applications was necessary to comply with a 2011 state immigration law, the agency has said.
But any such effort will have to wait until next year.
It’s not even clear, though, whether the DACA program will be in effect then.
In the meantime, the fate of the nation’s nearly 700,000 DACA recipients has been a source of tense negotiations in Congress, leading to a three-day government shutdown in January as Democrats briefly demanded a DACA solution as part of a spending bill.

How big will my Social Security disability benefit be?
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How big will my Social Security disability benefit be?

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Most people focus on the retirement benefits that Social Security pays.
More:How much will I get from Social Security if I earn $100,000?
Below, we’ll look more closely at how the Social Security Administration calculates disability benefits and what amounts you and your family members might be entitled to receive.
Can I get disability benefits under Social Security?
After that, though, the requirement goes up by half a year for every two additional years of age, topping out at 9.5 years for those age 60 or older.
For disability benefits, the SSA recognizes that if you’re disabled early in your career, there’s no way you’ll have a 35-year work history.
Specifically, the SSA does the following calculation: The result is the number of years of earnings included in your work history.
Spouses can get benefits if they’re 62 or older or if they’re caring for your child who’s disabled or under age 16 and receiving Social Security.
If the total payments on your account are greater than 150% to 180% of your primary insurance amount, then the SSA will limit the amounts paid to family members proportionately in order to stay under the family maximum.