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URM Stores today listed the 67 Inland Northwest grocery stores where card transactions could have been captured during last fall's network security breach. The stores are in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Oregon has the fewest stores: the four there are in Heppner, Enterprise, Joseph and Umatilla.
The Spokane grocery co-op posted the full list on its website today, then said it was not yet finished in investigating the attack.
The release avoided saying anything about who was behind the attack. The Secret Service is the lead agency investigating the crime.
See the link below this post to see the PDF listing the 67 “affected” stores. In this instance, affected means: stores where transactions could have been accessed by cyber criminals.
Wayne McKay is letting his opinion of the president be known in his front yard - and raising some eyebrows and gaining the attention of the U.S. Secret Service as a result. The Coeur d'Alene man has a skeleton hanging with a noose with a sign stating, “I committed treason” hanging from his neck in his front yard on Pennsylvania Avenue. Below the skeleton is a headstone with “RIP Obama” on it. It's not your average Halloween display. McKay cites the attack on the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 as a reason behind the display. U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. nationals were killed during the attack. “It's not racist; it's freedom of speech,” McKay said of his display/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust's Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Wayne McKay's display of a skeleton and a tombstone shows his displeasure with President Obama and his policies)
WASHINGTON – The prostitution scandal that has embroiled the Secret Service is not evidence of a wider culture of boozing and paying for sex among those who are trained to take a bullet for the president, the director of the agency told skeptical senators.
The senators challenged Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to explain how it was possible, without an atmosphere of permissiveness among the agency’s supervisors, that 12 agents could go out in separate groups on April 11 in Cartagena, Colombia, independently decide to bring women back to their hotel rooms, and then sign the women in at the front desk next to the agents’ real names.
“I’m confident this is not a cultural issue. This is not a systemic issue with us,” said Sullivan, speaking for the first time in public about the incident. More here.
Isolated incidents or part of a partying while on the road culture?
In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2008, David Chaney, right, who identified himself on his Facebook account as a member of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Secret Service detail, watches Palin during a rally in Carson, Calif. Chaney wrote on his Facebook page next to a photo of Palin & him: “I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?” Chaney’s lawyer, Lawrence Berger of New York, said he is representing Chaney in the fallout from the prostitution scandal inside the Secret Service. Story here. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
The U.S. Secret Service said on Friday that three more of its employees have resigned, bringing to six the number that have left the agency in connection with alleged misconduct involving prostitutes in Colombia last week before President Barack Obama's trip there. The Secret Service also said that a 12th employee had been implicated in the ongoing investigation into a night of partying on April 11-12 that embarrassed the United States and overshadowed Obama's participation in the Summit of the Americas last weekend/Reuters. More here.
Question: How would you explain this to your wife or girlfriend if you were one of the Secret Service agents caught in this scandal?
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been drawn into the scandal involving Secret Service agents and Colombian prostitutes. David Chaney, one of two Secret Service agents ousted as a result of the scandal, reportedly once posted on Facebook a photo of him on the job behind Palin during the 2008 campaign and wrote next to it, “I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?” Palin, always quick to fire back, used the friendly atmosphere on Fox News to rib the ex-agent — and criticize President Obama, too. “Well, this agent, who was kind of ridiculous there in posting pictures and comments about checking someone out — well, check this out, bodyguard. You're fired,” Palin said on Greta Van Susteren's show Thursday night. “And I hope his wife kicks his ocoli and sends him to the doghouse, as long as he's not eating the dog, along with his former boss”/Matt Negrin, ABC News. More here. (AP file photo of Sarah Palin)
Question: Do you still have faith in our Secret Service agents?
The United States Secret Service is investigating a series of frauds in the Coeur d’Alene area in which more than a dozen people had their debit card numbers stolen. Everyone reported the fraud reports using the cards at the Schlotzsky’s in Coeur d’Alene, but investigators do not believe Schlotzsky’s has anything to do with the thefts. The manager of the store says they are aware of the problem and they are cooperating with authorities to determine what happened. The Secret Service believes the frauds are connected to an international online fraud ring/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Do you feel safe using a debit card?