A STATEMENT FROM JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS CEO JOHN LOWE
April 24, 2015 – Columbus, Ohio – We want to provide an update on what we have done, what we have learned and what we are doing to ensure this never happens again.
First, as you know, we have recalled every frozen product that we have made.
Second, we created a communications center at our home office, staffed by Team Jeni’s members who normally work in sales, marketing, finance and operations, to take phone calls through late last night, tonight, this weekend, and then more normal workday hours next week.
We have received approximately 600 calls and emails as of this afternoon.
Our team is working with more than 10 top scientists—from sanitation experts to dairy processing experts. We are working with third party labs in Columbus and Omaha.
In addition, the FDA has provided more than four people to work with us from multiple district offices, and a lab in Denver. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has provided three people to support our efforts.
via Recall – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
Updated: Monday, April 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Faugl
COLUMBUS (Steve Levine) – Federal Health officials were notified about listeria contamination in a sample of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream more than a week before the company voluntarily recalled all of its products.
via Federal Officials Told of Listeria Several Days Before Jeni’s Recall – WTTE – WTTE FOX28.
By Alena Hall 04/23/2015 Updated: 04/23/2015
Just days after Blue Bell Creameries issued a massive recall, another ice cream melts away in the name of Listeria.
On Thursday, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream announced that it will voluntarily recall all of its ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches due to their possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company is not only clearing out their stock shelves, but also closing the doors to their shops until new rounds of testing prove that the sweets are indeed safe for consumers to eat.
During a random sampling conducted by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture test, one pint of dark chocolate ice cream for sale in Omaha was found to contain Listera, Jeni’s representative Jamie Siskin told The Huffington Post. According to the recall statement on the Jenie’s website, the Ohio-based company recalled all products following the discovery, despite no news of reported illness to date.
via Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recalls All Products, Fearing Listeria Contamination.
Zach Miners IDG News Service Apr 24, 2015
Starbucks suffered what appears to be a major computer system failure late Friday.
Stores in Boston, New York, San Diego and other cities appeared to be affected, judging from hundreds of customer and employee posts on Twitter. Some stores are giving away drinks, are only accepting cash, or have closed, according to the messages.
In San Francisco, an employee at one store said they were giving away free drinks, though he did not offer many other details. He said he was not sure when service would be restored.
Starbucks did not immediately respond to telephone calls and emails requesting comment.
via Starbucks hit by major computer failure | PCWorld.
State securities regulators have advanced a model rule outlining policies investment advisers should have in place to respond to natural disasters or the death or incapacitation of an executive.
The rule, developed by the North American Securities Administrators Association and approved at the organization’s spring conference this month in Washington, requires every adviser adopt written procedures for business continuity and succession planning. It was posted online on Tuesday.
The plan must show how the firm will protect books and records, establish an alternative means of communicating with clients, relocate the office, reassign key personnel and generally minimize disruption to the business.
via State regulators to require continuity plans.
By Joyce M. Rosenberg Associated Press
Monday April 13, 2015
NEW YORK — It’s a chilling moment: A message appears on a computer screen, saying the files are encrypted and the only way to access them is by paying a ransom.
It happened at Jeff Salter’s home health-care business in December. The network of nearly 30 computers at Caring Senior Service was infected with ransomware — malicious software that hackers use to try to extort money from people and businesses by preventing them from opening or using documents, pictures, spreadsheets and other files. If computer users don’t pay, there’s no way they can access their files.
via Hackers demand ransoms for files | The Columbus Dispatch.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) today released two statements about ways that financial institutions can identify and mitigate cyber attacks that compromise user credentials or use destructive software, known as malware. In addition, the FFIEC provided information on what institutions can do to prepare for and respond to these threats.
Cyber attacks have increased in frequency and severity over the past two years. The attacks often involve the theft of credentials used by customers, employees, and third parties to authenticate themselves when accessing business applications and systems. Cyber criminals can use stolen credentials to commit fraud or identity theft, modify and disrupt information system, and obtain, destroy, or corrupt data. Also, cyber criminals often introduce malware to business systems through e-mail attachments, connecting infected external devices, such as USB drives, to computers or networks, or by introducing the malware directly onto the business systems using compromised credentials.
In accordance with FFIEC guidance, institutions should:
- Securely configure systems and services;
- Review, update, and test incident response and business continuity plans;
- Conduct ongoing information security risk assessments;
- Perform security monitoring, prevention, and risk mitigation;
- Protect against unauthorized access;
- Implement and test controls around critical systems regularly;
- Enhance information security awareness and training programs; and
- Participate in industry information-sharing forums, such as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
via FFIEC Press Release.
Tony Bradley | @gettechspective PCWorld Apr 3, 2015
All malware is bad, but ransomware is particularly insidious—ask any ransomware victim. That’s why a new attack scheme called “Pacman” has raised alarms, because it’s even nastier than usual. Think of the classic Pac-Man game’s voracious yellow ball, chomping up all of your files. It takes only one click to infect a vulnerable PC, and the attack gives victims only 24 hours to pay the ransom in Bitcoins or risk losing all of the compromised data.
via Ransomware alert: ‘Pacman’ scheme uses Dropbox link to gobble victims | PCWorld.
By Paul Rubens, Follow CIO | Apr 1, 2015
Many CIOs endanger their companies simply by not spending enough on security. That may seem odd to posit, given that a recent Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey found that businesses now spend a higher percentage of their IT budgets on security than ever before. According to the survey, large organizations spend an average of 11 percent of their IT budgets on security while small businesses spend nearly 15 percent.
via Why you should be spending more on security | CIO.