30 Dec '11, 2pm

2011 Risk Factor Roundup

The last blog post of 2010 appearing in the Risk Factor concerned American Honda Motor Co. warning some 4.9 million Honda and Acura owners that their email addresses were potentially compromised because of a security breach at one of its vendors; the final story of 2011 involves an admission by the New York Times that it mistakenly sent out 8.6 million emails to subscribers Wednesday afternoon informing them that, "Our records indicate that you recently requested to cancel your home delivery subscription." The email note - which I received - also said that the Times hoped the recipient would reconsider their cancellation request and that the newspaper was offering a 50% reduced rate for 16 weeks as an inducement not to cancel, but one had to act now. However, a few hours later, the Times sent out another email saying, "This e-mail was sent by us in error. Please disregard ...

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