Choice Hotels was recently hit with a ransomware attack demanding approximately $4,000 in bitcoin to release 700,000 records that had been exposed. The hacker accessed the records on an unsecured database.
Almost half of baby boomers in a Liberty Mutual survey said they have used the phone while driving. While millennials and members of Generation X were more likely to admit to such distracted driving, Mike Sample of Liberty Mutual said boomers "can do a better job of leading by example."
Self-driving trucks have been undergoing road tests by UPS in Arizona since May, the company said. UPS' venture capital unit has invested in TuSimple, a company that produces autonomous-vehicle technology and also is collaborating with Amazon.
The acreage burned by California's 3,198 wildfires so far this year is 23,748, compared with 3,753 wildfires burning 254,395 acres in the same time frame last year, Cal Fire data show. More rain in recent years and improved fire-prevention measures might have contributed to lower wildfire risk, said Scott McLean of Cal Fire.
The hurricane season likely will intensify during the "season within a season" over the next six weeks as the effects of dry air from Africa's Sahara and wind shears from El Nino have diminished, meteorologists say. This year's two named storms is the lowest total at this point in hurricane season since 1999, said Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University.
Marketing automation is the leading front-office technology for financial advisors for many reasons, writes marketing expert Bob Hanson. It assists with marketing list segmentation, it allows advisors to run successful digital campaigns, and it tracks results to increase return on investment, he explains.
The Seattle woman charged with the Capital One data breach is suspected in dozens of other attacks, federal prosecutors say. Investigators found stolen data from more than 30 unidentified organizations, including schools and businesses, but unlike the Capital One breach, which exposed the data of more than 100 million people, the other breaches do not all involve personal information.
Most people want to work with professionals who are introduced to them by people they know, and that includes financial advisors, consultant Sandy Schussel writes. To capitalize on that advisors must develop relationships with their clients that make them referable and have enough regular contact with them to be on their minds when the opportunity for a referral comes up, Schussel adds.
New York officials said 429 lawsuits were filed in the first day of the state Child Victims Act's yearlong window for litigation previously blocked by a statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims. Some organizations have expressed concerns about the law's financial effects on the Catholic Church, while the Boy Scouts of America also voiced concerns about retroactive liability.
Contractors working for Pacific Gas and Electric "are missing numerous trees" that need trimming as part of the California utility's wildfire-mitigation efforts, according to a report by a court-ordered monitor. The utility is not meeting its vegetation-management goals for 2019, and the "quality of the completed work is questionable," the report says.
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