In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Russian hackers got 160 million bank card numbers, but that wasn't worst part

By Mark Clayton

Hacker Typing On A Laptop from Bigstock

Federal prosecutors say they've blown open the largest hacking ring in US history, indicting four Russians and a Ukrainian

JewishWorldReview.com | (TCSM) Russian hackers infiltrated the corporate networks of some of the largest US corporations over a seven year period, stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers and hundreds of millions of dollars, the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the US, said federal authorities unveiling the indictments Thursday.

Targeting corporations that were specifically engaged in financial transactions, the hackers stole data that allowed them to reproduce fake cards they were able to sell or later use to withdraw money from ATM machines worldwide.

Among the 15 businesses allegedly hit by the four Russian and one Ukrainian hacker from August 2005 to July 2012: 7-Eleven, JCPenney, JetBlue, and Dow Jones. One of the Russians was also charged separately with hacking into the business-operation servers of the NASDAQ stock exchange from 2008-10 and manipulating data. But that hack did not reach the exchange's trading platform where stocks are bought and sold, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials touted the case as a significant step forward in demonstrating their ability crack a difficult cybercrime operation involving crooks who took extensive steps - including encrypted communications - to keep their identities and operations secret.

"This type of crime is the cutting edge," said Paul Fishman, US Attorney for New Jersey, announcing the indictments. "Those who have the expertise and the inclination to break into our computer networks threaten our economic well-being, our privacy, and our national security."

Losses hit $300 million for companies in the US in Europe, not including losses incurred by identity-theft victims, authorities said.

Two of the hackers, Russians Vladimir Drinkman and Dmitriy Smilianets, were arrested by Dutch police at the request of the US while they were traveling in the Netherlands in 2012. Mr. Smilianets was extradited to the US. Mr. Drinkman is in custody in the Netherlands pending extradition hearing. The remaining three, Russians Roman Kotov and Alexandr Kalinin and Ukrainian Mikhail Rytikov, remain at large.

After downloading card numbers and related data, the conspirators resold the data to theft wholesalers worldwide. Smilianets charged roughly $10 for each stolen American credit card number and its data, $50 for each European credit card number and data and $15 for each Canadian credit card number and its associated data. Discount pricing was given bulk and repeat customers.

The buyers of the stolen data then encoded individual card data onto the magnetic strip of a blank plastic card and then withdrew money from ATMs or made purchases with the cards.

Separately, Mr. Kalinin is also charged with hacking into the NASDAQ stock exchange's business servers. From November 2008 through October 2010, he is alleged to have installed malicious software, or malware, that enabled him and others to secretly access the infected NASDAQ servers and execute commands "including commands to delete, change or steal data."

It's unclear from the indictment just what Kalinin was doing on the NASDAQ server. But such direct attacks on financial exchanges are part of a growing trend, the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) reported this month. Some 53 percent of group's member exchanges reported that they had endured a cyberattack in the past year .In a few cases, denial of service cyberattacks - which flood the systems with fake requests in order to overload servers - forced trading to halt briefly, although trading platforms have not been directly breached, the WFE report said.

Cybersecurity experts worry that the trend could become a far worse threat than credit card thefts.


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"The worst cyber threats that the financial sector will soon be facing may not be thefts of money," wrote Scott Borg, director and chief economist of the US Cyber Consequences Unit, a think tank advising government, in a recent report.

Future cyberattacks could target the information that financial service corporations and their clients use "to create and capture value and to maintain market integrity," he wrote. "Some of the new cyber attacks will simply aim to steal this information. Others will attempt to alter or manipulate it to create business and market effects."

Law enforcement authorities echoed that view Thursday.

"As today's allegations make clear, cyber criminals are determined to prey not only on individual bank accounts, but on the financial system itself," said Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement.

The depth of that threat was laid out in the 2010 book "Cyber War" by Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism chief under two presidents.

A Wall Street CEO told him: "It is confidence in the data, not the gold bullion in the basement of the New York Fed, that makes the world financial markets work."

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