NYC Explosion – What Is Known & Not

  • September 18, 2016

Around 8:30 p.m (Sept 17) a powerful explosion went off on West 23rd Street in Manhattan injuring 29 people, shattering windows and prompting widespread street closures.  The Mayor announced late on Saturday night that the explosion was “an intentional act.” Where was the explosion? It happened…

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Oopps! Much bigger than we thought! Not the burger but the malware breach!

  • June 13, 2016


How much bigger?? “Considerably higher” was the phrase used…whatever that means. Wendy’s has admitted it has a bigger problem than it thought with a malware breach in franchise restaurants’ payment systems than the 300 franchisee-owned stores announced on May 11. No other disclosures though… declining to detail the number of stores involved or where they are located.

Both “Krebs on Security” blog writer Brian Krebs and the president of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions said Wendy’s statement on the bigger scope of the problem, issued late Thursday afternoon, supports their understanding that the breach could be worse than recent ones at Target and Home Depot. Those breaches affected 40 million and 56 million credit and debit cards, respectively.

“A number of sources in the fraud and banking community have complained to (me) that there was no way the Wendy’s breach only affected 5 percent of stores — given the volume of fraud that the banks have traced back to Wendy’s customers,” Krebs wrote on his widely-read blog.

Wendy’s has more than 6,000 locations, the vast majority of which are owned by franchisees. The company said that the breach covers stores in the U.S. and Canada, but declined to identify which stores were hit or even in what states.

Wendy’s share price was little changed by the news, falling less than 1 percent Friday. The breach will likely result in less impact than a food-borne disease outbreak like Chipotle has been faced with.

Wendy’s customers with questions were directed to a toll-free number, 888-846-9467, or

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Orlando killer pledged allegiance to the Islamic State

  • June 12, 2016

The Orlando gunman had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and had been investigated twice by the F.B.I. for possible connections to terrorism but no ties could be confirmed. The FBI has reported that the gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, 29, an American citizen whose…

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America’s Paris: 50 dead, 53 wounded in Orlando gay nightclub

  • June 12, 2016

My first thought...this is America’s Paris. A horrific scene…a gunman goes into in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 50 people and wounded 53 at around 2:00 AM early Sunday morning, in the worst mass shooting slaughter in American history.  Law enforcement officials are calling it…

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13 dead, 35 injured in suicide attack at Brussels airport

  • March 22, 2016

  Two blasts tore through the departures area of Zaventem airport shortly after 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT). Thirteen people have been killed and 35 injured. An hour later, an explosion hit Maelbeek metro station, close to the EU institutions. The airport and whole transport…

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The Paris Attacks: This Picture Haunts Me

  • November 14, 2015

 This morning, this image haunts me. The three people next to a white draped body. Are those friends, lovers, husbands, wives of the dead. What had they just been laughing and talking about. I stand in solidarity with our French sisters and brothers. My husband…

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