April 2016 Blog Posts (29)

Yes, Macs Can get Malware

So Macs can be infected with malware. Who would have ever thought? The malware at issue here is the dreaded ransomware. Ransomware scrambles up your files, and the hacker at the helm says he’ll give you the cyber “key” in exchange for a handsome payment.

Ransomware historically has primarily impacted Windows users, but recently it got into OS X—its latest version, Transmission.

  • The virus cyber-incubates for three days.
  • Then with a Tor client, it…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 27, 2016 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Why You should file your Tax Return Yesterday

Someone else might file your taxes if you don’t get to it. And they won’t be doing it as a favor; they’ll be doing it to steal your identity.

Here’s how it works:

  • Cyber thieves send fraudulent e-mails to a business’s employees.
  • The e-mails are designed to look like they came from the big wigs at the company.
  • As a result, the targeted employees are tricked into revealing sensitive data about the company’s…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 26, 2016 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Earth Day 2016: Humans Are The Most Destructive Species On Earth

Earth Day 2016: Humans Are The Most Destructive Species On Earth

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Added by Enrique Suarez on April 22, 2016 at 10:12pm — 2 Comments

Brand Strategy 101. How Can You Grow Your Brand?

Based on research with almost 200,000 consumers in 40 countries, the ad agency Young & Rubicam developed a Brand Value framework called the Brand Asset Valuator (BAV).  BAV is based on one of the most extensive research programs on branding ever conducted.

Here is the essence of BAV.  Brand Value can be measured by applying understanding and analysis to 4…

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Added by David Tang on April 22, 2016 at 6:41pm — No Comments

We Need a Human Economy

Let’s Ditch the Economy of the 1% and Replace it with a Human Economy

 

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Added by Enrique Suarez on April 22, 2016 at 4:49pm — No Comments

New Problems call for New Ideas and New Leaders

How Millennials will Save us from our Broken Economic System

 

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Added by Enrique Suarez on April 22, 2016 at 4:41pm — No Comments

HOW THE FULL-GROWN QUALITY COMPANY DELIVERS SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMER BONDING

HOW THE FULL-GROWN QUALITY COMPANY DELIVERS SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMER BONDING

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Added by Enrique Suarez on April 22, 2016 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Life Capital, not Marxism is the Solution

Beyond the Empire of Chaos: Building Ecology into the Economy. Life Capital Value, Base and Measure

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Added by Enrique Suarez on April 22, 2016 at 4:11am — No Comments

Debt, Bank Bailouts and Austerity Measures. Proposal for Radical Change

Debt, Bank Bailouts and Austerity Measures. Proposal for Radical Change

 

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Added by Enrique Suarez on April 22, 2016 at 3:59am — No Comments

Posting Kids' Photos online is illegal

In France, anything is possible. Like getting tossed in jail for posting your children’s photos on Facebook.

Yes indeed, it’s true. People in France can be put behind bars for putting their kids’ pictures on Facebook. Or, they may face heavy fines. This is because the French authorities deem posting kids’ photos online threatens their security.

Parents are being warned about the consequences of this violation. The authorities believe that posting images of…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 21, 2016 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Investigating Open Data in Finance – Feedback from Key Industry Players, in a Nutshell

By Jodie Paula Cohen, Producer, Open Data in Finance, www.open-data-finance.com

When I first started following the open data initiative, my banking contacts described it as “a major shift in the established business model of the financial services industry”; while alternative lenders and fintech companies spoke passionately about the power of an open API framework to “change everything about the way that we bank and operate our…

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Added by Marie Walker on April 20, 2016 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Regulators Target Risk Management Negligence in Small to Mid-Sized Firms

Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) investigated Dwolla, an e-commerce and online-payment company. It found Dwolla guilty of risk management negligence regarding data security practices.

The investigation has some significant implications. Before we take a deeper look, here are a few key takeaways:

  1. Dwolla payed a civil penalty of $100,000, despite the fact that it did not suffer a data breach. …
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Added by Steven Minsky on April 20, 2016 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Three Quarters of a Billion Records breached

Last year, says the security firm Gemalto, over 700 million records were breached. Or, to put it another way, this translates to two million stolen or lost records every day.

2015 Breach Level Report

  • 1,673 hacking incidents
  • 398 were triggered from the inside of the attacked company: employees and even IT staff who were tricked (social engineering) by hackers into clicking on malicious links or attachments
  • Government…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 20, 2016 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Tax Havens Explained With Maps

Tax Havens • Explained With Maps

Apr 19, 2016

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Added by Enrique Suarez on April 19, 2016 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Security Appreciation lacking

What’s it gonna take for companies to crack down on their cybersecurity? What’s holding them back? Why do we keep hearing about one company data breach after another?

Well, there’s just not enough IT talent going around. The irony is that most company higher-ups admit that cybersecurity is very important and can even name specific situations that could compromise security, such as

having multiple vendors vs. only a single vendor; not having quality-level…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 19, 2016 at 4:36pm — No Comments

The 21st century is a terrible time to be a control freak

“I say the 21st century is a terrible time to be a control freak”

I recently read this Knowledge @Wharton interview “‘Industries of the Future’: Alec Ross Unveils the Winners”. At the end of the interview Ross says, “I say the 21st century is a terrible time to be a control freak. One…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on April 19, 2016 at 3:27am — No Comments

I want a Cell Phone Jammer

Well, we certainly can’t blame Dennis Nicholl for breaking the law. Frankly, had I been nearby him when he did it, I would have kept silent and let him continue breaking the law—unless, of course, I was engaged in some loud, planet-moving discussion with a world leader.

Nicholl, 63, was recently on a Chicago subway train. He brought with him a cell phone jammer. Unfortunately for Nicholl that day, Keegan Goudie was on the same train. Goudie is a blogger, noticed the…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 14, 2016 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Look out for Shipping E-mail Phishing Scams

Stop clicking on e-mails about your package delivery! Scam, scam, scam! Look, it’s simple:

  • Scammers are also pretending to be from the DHL and FedEx shipping companies, not just UPS.
  • Crooks know that at any given time, thousands and thousands of U.S. people are waiting for a package delivery.
  • So these cyber thieves send out mass e-mails by the millions, knowing that they will reach a lot of people who are expecting a package.
  • The…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 13, 2016 at 4:41pm — No Comments

CROs in Financial Risk Management Join Leading Risk Americas Convention in NYC

The Risk Americas series returns to NYC next month for the …

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Added by Olympia Nolan on April 13, 2016 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Shred your Boarding Pass

Apparently there are people who take pictures of their airplane boarding pass…and post it online. I’m dead serious. I’ve heard of toddlers getting excited over scraps of paper, but full-grown adults posting images of their boarding pass online? Don’t get me started.

Let’s just only say that this is incredulously absurd. Like, who cares about your bleepity bleep boarding pass, right? OK, you got bumped up to First class. SAVE IT. Well wait a…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on April 12, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

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