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APRIL 2011: PLAYSTATION OWNER’S BEWARE, SECURITY BREACH

PLAYSTATION NETWORK announced a security breach by an unknown source this week.  They sent the below email to all users warning of the dangers of the unauthorized intruder’s. It is probably causing withdrawals for many (including myself) especially when it comes to playing popular games on-line like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto (which I love).

According to the email posted below, Sony took precautionary measures by shutting down the network, to protect user’s.  It was sent at a great time, because I had just received an email from Hotmail requesting my personal information to avoid a shutdown.  I’m glad I ignored the request!

If you receive a request for personal information, take precautions to avoid a scam.  Everyone should own a Playstation game, it is the best out there and the games rock!
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EMAIL SENT FROM SONY

PlayStation(R)Network

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Valued PlayStation(R)Network/Qriocity Customer:

We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011,
certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account
information was compromised in connection with an illegal and
unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this
intrusion, we have:

1) Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;

2) Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full
and complete investigation into what happened; and

3) Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our
network infrastructure by rebuilding our system to provide you
with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill
as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and
efficiently as practicable.

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident,
we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following
information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country,
email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login,
and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data,
including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip),
and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may
have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your
dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have
been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit
card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have
provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity,
out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit
card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have
been obtained.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email,
telephone and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive
information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email,
asking for your credit card number, social security number or other
personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information,
you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation
Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that
you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation
Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or
accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we
encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and
to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information
for those who wish to consider it:
- U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually
from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report,
visit http://www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

- We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S.
credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus
place a “fraud alert” on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps
to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can
make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however,
that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you,
it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your
identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others
are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a
fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report,
please contact any one of the agencies listed below:

Experian: 888-397-3742; http://www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
Equifax: 800-525-6285; http://www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
TransUnion: 800-680-7289; http://www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division,
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

- You may wish to visit the website of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at
http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect
yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice
on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or
suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General,
and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be
contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone
(877) 566-7226; or http://www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney
General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202;
telephone: (888) 743-0023; or http://www.oag.state.md.us.

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this
incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the
clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes
information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that
additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information.
Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is
our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any
additional questions.

Sincerely,

Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(video) OPRAH WINFREY ENDS HER SHOW AFTER 25 YEARS, IN YOUR FACE

OPRAH WINFREY has been the “queen of talk shows” for 25 years.  Her ratings have soared through the roof during her long run, and she has probably earned more than all hosts combined.  But Oprah’s reign is coming to an end, with her last show set to air May 25, 2011.

As a young woman with all odds stacked against her, she was told she would never beat Phil Donohue and many probably thought she would not last.  But as we all know, her billion dollar empire continues to grow, and she proved all her critics wrong.

It is unbelievable to think that I was a very young woman when she began her show.  She inspired me to know that we are all capable of reaching higher limits, without having to be perfect.  Oprah has been truly a great example of what America has to offer not matter who you are.  She was overweight, African-American and a woman and still made it to the top.  So for all of you who do not believe hard work and perseverance is the key to success…Oprah says “in your face with a can of mace” (or something like that!).

Oprah keep on rockin…many will miss you in this venue, but we know you have far more to accomplish in life.

READ MORE HERE: http://bit.ly/i2LAzn

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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KHOURY TEEN BEATING POSTED ON YOU TUBE, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

Nadin Khoury, 13, said he is ready to testify against his attackers after they posted his beating on You Tube.  The Pennsylvania boy was in severly beaten by a group of bullies who allegedly took turns kicking and punching him, before hanging him upside down from a tree. 

A total of Six boys are accused of this vicious attack.  I was happy to hear they were arrested at Upper Darby High School on Monday, then charged with the kidnapping and assault of Khoury.

The beating took place on January 11, 2011 and then the youths had the nerve to post it on You Tube.  Khoury was interviewed today and is quoted as saying, “I was scared and angry, all at the same time”.  And I can see why, video posted on You Tube shows the completely traumatized teen, screaming for the young boys, with ages ranging from 13-17, to stop pummeling him.

At least Khoury had a bit of relief today, when several professional ball players surprised him on The View. While he broke down for a moment, you could see he was happy for their support.

What were these boys thinking?  Well, this is my message to bullies; http://brittaj17.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/a-message-to-bullies-it-can-also-happen-to-you/.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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DA BEARS WIN; MYSTERIOUS ANIMAL DEATHS CONTINUE TO SPREAD

The mystery continues; 53 Seahawks found massacred at Chicago’s Soldier Field today.  Well, the Bears won and are hopefully headed to the Super Bowl.  But not so fast, they still have to get by their rivals, the Green Bay Packers, next week!  It is a much anticipated game (so my husband says) and is the first time, the two teams will meet in the playoffs, since 1941.  And just think, it was only a year ago, they were considering the release of their head coach Lovie Smith.

Probably a good thing they kept him, because if they play even close to how they did today, they will be headed to the Super Bowl on February 6th.  Final score 35-24, can you say, “kicked butt”!

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2011 in SPORTS

 

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Kiss 103.5: BROTHA FRED BEGINS NEXT MONDAY!

BROTHA FRED ARRIVES JAN. 17th

For all you Kiss 103.5 listener’s, Brotha Fred is said to arrive next Monday to begin his new morning show.  It will be interesting to see how he breaks into the Chicago market.  Will the fans embrace him?  Will his show be a success?  Does he have what Chicago listener’s want in a DJ?  Is he ready for this huge market?  Will he beat our B96?  The answer to these questions will be known very early on, as his ratings begin to surface.  One things for sure, his looks far surpass Drex’s, his voice is much smoother, and he has a great T.V. presentation.

What do you think?  Will you listen?  Many have posted comments on boycotting Kiss, but I’m not convinced.  It seems to me, the Drex fans will have their ears tuned into the station on January 17th, to critique his show.  Post your feedback on his opening day and the weeks to follow here,  and let the debates begin!

YOU PROBABLY WILL ALSO LIKE: http://brittaj17.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/423/

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP, Radio News

 

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LEXINGTON PARK STILL IN THE DARK; UPDATE 2011

LEXINGTON PARK STILL IN THE DARK

It has now been over a year ago, that I left Lexington Park, located in Chicago’s South Loop, as the Vice President of Sales. After the bank failed and the units were purchased by Starwood, in conjunction with the FDIC, there is still no news as to what will happen to the 35-story new construction building.  It was originally thought that Starwood, would convert them to rentals after the significant flood, which caused close to $20 million in damages.  But as I drive past the vacant building each day, it appears they are no closer to a decision than they were over a year ago.

It is truly a shame, as the building was attractive and stood to be the bookend to the south loop.  The finished product was absolutely beautiful, with stunning views of the lake and city.  In the end the buyers were unable to close on their dream homes, and were offered a reduced earnest money refund.

I’m not sure why it has taken so long for them to decide what direction to take Lexington Park, but can only assume the delay is due to the incredible breaks they received in the transaction.  Purchasing it for a fraction of the cost, with a no interest loan and a huge cash infusion, probably offers them little reason to move quickly.  Only time will tell what will happen at Lexington Park, but I sure hope they move soon, as the vacant building with no lights, is an eyesore to the south loop.

LOOKS LIKE THE LIGHTS TO COME ON AT LP -UPDATE 3/15/11: http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20110315/CRED0701/110319927/south-loop-condo-tower-converting-to-apartments

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2011/03/15/its-official-lexington-park-is-going-rental-1.php

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP

 

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S DOCTOR…SONS’ SAY HE’S AN IDIOT? January 4, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray

Well, Michael Jackson may have died in vain, according to his body guards, the doctor was unable to revive MJ, because he did not know CPR.  And o.k., the son’s probably did not publicly call him an idiot, but must have thought it immediately after his death. 

The passing of Michael  Jackson was truly sad.  And what doctor does not learn CPR in medical school?  Hell, I learned it when I was a restaurant manager in the late 80′s and probably can still perform it, if needed.

This now makes me wonder what type of degree this doctor really had?  And with all the money MJ had to spend on things, why pay this man over $100K per month?   Especially when he did not know basic medical assistance info!  MJ must have not been himself at this point, because he really did not think this one through.  How sad we are for MJ and the doctor for his lack of knowledge.

As reported, much of the testimony, which was done under oath is amazing.  I could not believe what I was hearing as they testified; “Jackson was lying with his eyes and mouth open, appearing not to be alive”, testified Faheem Muhammad. “I recall him being in a sort of panic state, and I recall him shortly after asking if anyone in the room knew CPR,” Muhammad testified of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Muhammad said he and another security guard exchanged looks of surprise. “I knew Dr. Murray was a heart surgeon, so I looked at Alberto kind of shocked,” he said. Alvarez testified that eventually Murray began helping administer CPR.  He said, he left the room to whisk two of Jackson’s children, Paris and Prince, away from the foyer at the front of the room to keep them from the commotion.

What a waste…what a loss.  But I do sort of feel sorry for the doctor as well, it was a loss for us all.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR…FOR REAL!

Happy New Year!  That is what we all say each year as celebrate new beginnings each year.  But this time, it will probably have more meaning than ever!  It has been three years of misery, according to my memory, which will bring more meaning to this phrase.

2010 was a year of reflection for us all, and will go down as a year of rebuilding for many.  It is the time we will all remember as the one that brought us all together, unified with alot of the same issues.  Many lost their jobs, homes, savings and dignity, and began to put things in perspective.  Do we really need all these “things”?  Or can we be happy with less? I’m sure we have all asked ourselves these questions, and were forced to accept the “new normal”.  Making less, accepting lower standards, shopping for discounts, buying fewer items, going on fewer trips and living more within our means.  It is what most impoverished countries have been doing for decades, we just needed a recession to understand what they have been talking about all this time.

Yes, we will say “Happy New Year”, at midnight December 31st, and yes we will really mean it more than ever.  So let’s put this year behind us, and hope that 2011 brings us more happiness, because we could all use it for sure.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Britta's SCOOP

 

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