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Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 12:31 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 1:12 PM
— Sen. Sherrod Brown Wednesday blasted credit bureau Equifax Inc. for the cyber breach that exposed the financial data of nearly half of all Americans, calling for a Department of Justice and U.S. Security and Exchange Commission investigation and changes in company policies.
He also talked of a plan to introduce legislation to offer consumers up to a decade of free credit monitoring.
In a phone call with reporters, Brown was joined by a Hamilton resident, Bill Durfey, whose data was exposed in the Equifax breach, Brown said.
“He is one of so many in this country who have played by the rules and done so many things right,” Brown said.
Credit reporting bureaus find it “unacceptable” if a consumer misses a credit card payment, Brown said. “Now they have left those people vulnerable to criminals, and we have to hold Equifax accountable.”
The Hamilton resident faulted Equifax for not being “proactive” in notifying consumers affected by the breach.
“They made a press announcement and then left it at that,” Durfey said. “It was two months after the fact.”
He said he is still waiting on an email from Equifax on the final steps on how to protect himself. And he said he was unwilling to pay Equifax to freeze his credit.
“Hell, no. They’re not going to get a nickel from me. They broke it; they own it,” Durfey said.
“I’m not sure Equifax has shown a whole lot of remorse or a lot of urgency to get this fixed,” he added.
Equifax, one of the biggest consumer credit reporting bureau, acknowledged last week it suffered a “cybersecurity incident” that could affect nearly half of U.S. consumers.
Unauthorized access to the company’s data took place from mid-May through July this year, Equifax said. But the company did not alert the public to the breach until late last week, about six weeks after it was uncovered.
The information exposed included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers, the company said.
In addition, credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. consumers, and “dispute documents” with personal identifying information for some 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed, Equifax also said.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
DAYTON — The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Hudson comforters by UGG under recall were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and may contain mold which could pose a risk of infection or respiratory issues in people with a mold allergy or compromised immune system.
The comforters come in four colors: garnet, navy, grey and oatmeal. They were sold between August 2017 and October 2017.
No injuries have been reported.
If you have one don't use it and return it to the store for a full refund. Call Bed Bath & Beyond at 800-462-3966 for more information.
The Multipro Baby Cradle N Swing bassinet sold on Amazon.com poses a fall and entrapment hazard for babies.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the bassinets fail to meet mandatory federal safety standards.
It is recommended that you take the bassinet apart and throw it away. No injuries have been reported.
Amazon has contacted purchasers and issued full refund gift cards.
If you have one of these products and did not yet receive a refund contact Amazon at 888-280-4331.
Two Coldwater Creek snow globe models pose a fire hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports light refraction through the globes may melt or singe things placed near them.
Once incident of damage has been reported.
The Reindeer snow globe has the model number XC7484.
The Vintage charm snow globe contains a silver snowman and has the model number 3WGL120.
They were sold in Coldwater Creek stores and online.
Stop using the snow globes and contact Coldwater Creek at 888-678 5576 to return the product for a full refund.
Fujifilm is recalling some digital camera power adapters because they could shock you.
The adapter plug can break or crack exposing live electrical contacts, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The AC-5VF power adaptors were sold with six Fujifilm digital camera models in stores and online.
Don't use the adapter and contact Fujifilm at 833-613-1200 for a free replacement.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
— Spectrum customers are reporting service interruptions while attempting to use the Spectrum TV app, the company said on Friday afternoon.
“Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the company said on social media.
The issue was first reported by the company around 1 p.m. on Friday.
Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.— Ask Spectrum (@Ask_Spectrum) January 19, 2018
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Spectrum TV Stream customers can watch select TV content through the Spectrum TV app using Roku, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV or other compatible mobile device. Spectrum TV Stream customers can also view programming on SpectrumTV.com.
This news organization has reached out to Spectrum to see if any credits will be offered to impacted customers.
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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:51 PM
— The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is welcoming new board of trustees members while thanking retiring members.
The new chamber board members are:
Doug Anspach, Leadership Dayton chair and partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Doug Barry, president of BarryStaff Inc.; Randy Domigan, director of Brady Ware; Cindy Gaboury, owner of Audio Etc.; Andy Horner, vice president, University of Dayton; Tami Kirby, of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur; Dan McCabe, chair, EPI Foundation; Mary Mierzejewski, chair, Generation Dayton; Anne Marie Singleton, consultant and shareholder, McGohan Brabender; and Steve Tieber, owner of the Dublin Pub
The retiring board members are: Jerad Barnett, of Mills Morgan Development; Niki Chaudhry, Eric Joo, of Schueler Group; Brady Kress, president and CEO of Dayton History; John McCance, McCance Consulting Group, LLC.
The board consists of up to 50 local business leaders who carry out the business of the chamber according to its bylaws. The board meets quarterly in February, May, August and November. Members may serve up to three, two-year terms.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:09 PM
SEATTLE — The monthly membership fee for Amazon Prime rose Friday from $10.99 to $12.99.
Company officials said the annual membership will remain at $99 dollars.
Monthly customers do not get access to Amazon Video, which costs $8.99 a month.
The last Prime subscription hike came in 2014, when Amazon increased its yearly membership from $79 to $99.