Premera Blue Cross Hack + Google Feud

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Another Day, Another Scary Hack…

I’m getting really tired of having to be the bearer of bad news, but if I have information that could help some of my readers I feel a responsibility to share. But since this hack affects a relatively limited population (consumers whose healthcare provider is Premera / Premera Blue Cross), I’ll keep it short and just provide some links for those who may be affected and need to know more. On 3/17/15 Wired reported:

In the case of Premera… the attackers not only had access to birth dates, member ID numbers, bank account info and Social Security numbers, they also may have obtained medical claims records and possibly even sensitive clinical information, the company reported on its web site.

Click here to read the full Wired story.
Click here to see Premera’s own web page with details and updates on the hack.
Click here for Slate’s coverage of the story.

And Now, Let’s Have Some Fun: It’s Time To Play The Feud!

Google Feud, that is! You know how Google likes to autocomplete when you’re entering a search phrase or word? Well, it occurred to enterprising web developer Justin Hook that since Google’s autocomplete choices are based on the popularity of various search terms and phrases, Google searches are a lot like the game show Family Feud.

On Google Feud you choose a category, then try to guess the ten most popular ways Google users have completed a given search phrase or term. For example, for the search “Can you milk a…”, I guessed “cat”. And it turned out to be the #1 most popular/common search for “Can you milk a…”:


This game is a lot of fun, and the results can be downright shocking at times. For example, the #6 most popular search for “What is the number for…” is 911! You get to keep guessing until you’ve gotten three answers that don’t appear in the ten most popular autocompletes, and you can switch categories at any time by clicking on the Google Feud logo.

Click here to try Google Feud for yourself — but beware! It’s so much fun, it can become a real time sink!

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