The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)



Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
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Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Korea’s Biggest Card-Data Theft Triggers Resignations Amid Probe

Jakarta Globe – Bloomberg, Seonjin Cha, January 21, 2014

Some 106 million cardholders’ information is at risk in what would be
South Korea’s largest card-data theft. (Bloomberg Photo)

South Korea’s biggest theft of personal information on credit-card holders prompted dozens of top executives at financial firms including KB Financial Group to offer to quit this week as a regulatory probe widened.

Lee Kun Ho, chief executive officer of Korea’s largest bank, was among 27 executives who sent resignation letters to KB Financial CEO Lim Young Rok, an official at the Seoul-based company said yesterday, asking not to be named in accordance with company policy. Nine officials at Lotte Card Co. also offered to quit, that company said in an e-mailed statement.

The breaches triggered regulatory and criminal probes this month in a country where credit cards are used for more than half of total consumer spending. South Korean prosecutors have indicted three people on suspicion of stealing names, social-security numbers and card data tied to millions of customers of Lotte Card, KB Kookmin Card Co., and Nonghyup Bank.

“The incidents will probably hurt the firms’ brand value and lead them to incur one-time costs such as fines and compensation,” said Michael Na, a Seoul-based analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc. “It will spur regulators’ demands that financial companies protect consumers, which isn’t necessarily positive for earnings.”

While there’s no evidence that the leaked information has been misused, the card companies will fully compensate victims for any damage, Financial Services Commission Chairman Shin Je Yoon told reporters yesterday, according to an e-mailed statement. The regulator will consider revising rules to seek stricter punishment including fines, he said.

One of the people charged was a software engineer who was working for the three firms from May 2012 to December 2013 and who copied client information onto a USB device before selling it to loan companies, the prosecutors’ service said on Jan. 8.

A total of 106 million pieces of information were transferred, the Financial Supervisory Service said in a Jan. 19 statement. About 20 million card holders at Lotte Card and Nonghyup Bank and 40 million at KB Kookmin Card were affected, the FSS said. The estimate may include overlaps for multiple card holders or former customers.

The three card companies aren’t publicly traded. Shares of KB Financial rose 0.5 percent to 39,250 won at 11:20 a.m. in Seoul. The benchmark Kospi index rose 0.5 percent. Lotte Shopping Co., the nation’s biggest department store operator and owner of Lotte Card, fell 0.1 percent to 380,500 won.

The FSS said on Jan. 19 that it began probing operations at Kookmin Bank, the nation’s largest lender, in relation to information breaches at the card unit. It ordered 14 other financial firms to examine possible data theft, without disclosing the names of the institutions.

The agency also started inspecting local units of Citigroup and Standard Chartered on Jan. 17 after prosecutors last month found that their customer information was leaked.

South Korean card users aren’t alone in having their information compromised. Target Corp., the US’s second-largest discount retailer, said in December that credit- and debit-card data for as many as 40 million people who shopped in its stores before Christmas may have been taken. Earlier this month, the Minneapolis-based company said the thieves also got access to the names, phone numbers and home and e-mail addresses of as many as 70 million people.

KB Kookmin chief Shim Jae Oh was among the executives who sent resignation letters. Lim hasn’t decided whether to accept the offers, the KB official said. Nonghyup Bank card division chief Sohn Kyoung Ik resigned, the Seoul-based lender said in a statement yesterday.

The three card companies issued statements yesterday expressing regret for the breaches and their CEOs bowed in apology at a briefing broadcast on the YTN cable news network.

“We feel deeply guilty and ashamed for losing clients’ trust following this accident,” KB Kookmin Card’s Shim said at the briefing. “We’ll take all legal and moral responsibility,” although there haven’t been any reported cases of the information being abused, Shim said.

The FSC’s Shin said last week that his agency will hold top managers responsible for such incidents and will take stern action to avoid a repetition of the data theft, calling it a “severe crime that shakes the foundation of the financial industry.”

The watchdog formed a task force on Jan. 17 to find ways to ensure financial institutions properly protect personal data.

South Koreans held a total of 115 million credit cards as of June, in a country with a population of 50 million. People participating in the economy own 4.4 cards each on average, according to the Credit Finance Association, a lobby group for credit card issuers and leasing companies. Credit cards accounted for 66 percent of consumer spending, up from 14 percent in 2000, the latest association data show.

Bloomberg

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