When It Comes To Home Remodeling Supplies, 2 + 2 = Credit Hack.


First a trip down memory lane..

Jump in the Wayback Machine with Mr Peabody or just put on your remember hat.
Remember this?

BlackBerry shares drop as Home Depot switches to iPhone

Home Depot Dumping 10K BlackBerries In Favor Of iPhones

My, it seems like just yesterday. Doesn’t it?
Ok adventure over, take off your caps and set the machine back to today.

Ohh look. What’s this?

Hackers may have stolen credit data from Home Depot

Once again, BlackJack asks you to do a simple Math quiz. Get out your #2 pencils close your books and see if you can figure out what 2+2 is.

We already have one failing student, CNBC.com tech reporter Cadie Thompson, who offers three reasons for these attacks, none of which are correct.


#1 The security standards of some of these retailers is not that significant, they meet the minimum standards (half point for Cadie)
#2 Cost. It’s expensive to implement security systems.
#3 Cyber criminals see this has a huge opportunity. The Return on Investment is big to Target these huge retailers.


Sorry, Wrong answers Cadie. Off you go to Principal Grim’s office.

Anyone else want to give it a go?


I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.


    Hey Blackjack, I was just thinking the same thing before I read your blog. Is Ford next?

  • Reverend Grim

    Thank you Brother Blackjack, I shall deal with her soon (I’m about to release the picture I found on her iCloud!)
    Well, simple mathematics, 2 (home depot dumps BlackBerry) + 2 (home depot gets hacked about the same time they go iOS) = 4 (stupid bastards Shoulda stayed BlackBerry)
    Now, personally I didn’t do great at school but even I could work that one out!
    Just to let you know, I’ve learned a lot in the past centuries, so mathematics is comes fairly easy. Obviously young Cadie stuck to sports or the like…

    • Blackjack

      Correct answer Reverend. Cadie-did forget to say to expect more of these attacks on retailers who do not use blackberry.

  • razrrob

    Who screwed up their reporting on Apples’ half-assed security? Cadie-did (pun intended)

    I really don’t blame Cadie the same way I blame writers. There are only #2 requirements to being a television news reporter, 1) visually attractive, and 2) the ability to read a teleprompter.

    Intelligence plays absolutely no role.

  • jubatus

    Two reasons I will leave Home. A) leaving BlackBerry for iPhone = less security.
    B) Having one of their credit
    Credit cards that were probably hacked.
    2nd time this happened with a big retail chain. First was tj max/ winners.

    • Blackjack

      Third time…target. Though I don’t know if Apple was in the mix. I actually don’t know or think that Apple was to blame in a POS hack at HD, but it does tell you two things. They were not using blackberry BES10, and whoever is making IT decisions is a moron.

  • jrohland

    It doesn’t matter if HD’s data loss was specifically caused by Apple [in]security. The fact they dropped BlackBerry means they don’t understand or, don’t care about security.

    • Blackjack

      Correct Analysis jrohland! Head of the class.