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TBT: Oh what a tangled (dark) web we weave

Posted by on January 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

Originally posted October 10, 2017 How the U.S. government helps hackers When you email or visit a website, your computer leaves behind a calling card in the form of its IP address. Short for “Internet Protocol,” the IP address helps devices locate and recognize each other, thus speeding communication. People, too, can identify senders and visitors by [...]

How Facebook retains users, and why it’s not the best method

Posted by on January 20, 2020 at 2:51 pm

As of this writing, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t budging: Facebook will still run but not fact-check political ads. Not to worry, however: it will continue suspending users for remarks and images its algorithm deems unseemly. This isn’t the first time that Zuckerberg and his brainchild have stepped on a steaming pile of bad PR. Not to be overlooked [...]

Payment fraud takes a ride on public transit

Posted by on January 13, 2020 at 4:14 pm

While public transit lets riders save on gas and turn commute time into reading, work, or Candy Crush time, it lets fraudsters test stolen data. Readers of this blog are doubtless aware that no shortage of account numbers, complete with names, passwords, maiden names, SSNs, PINs, fingerprints, and other personal data, are available for sale on [...]

TBT: A Peek Inside the Brainstorming Session
(Branding a Bank for the Rising Generation)

Posted by on January 9, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Originally posted on October 31, 2013 Here’s a macabre thought to start your day: Older customers will die sooner than younger ones. It’s a fact of life that has many a financial institution concerned. Rightly so. I wouldn’t dream of suggesting that bankers’ concern is only for the bottom line. Surely many wish their customers [...]

From bezels to bombs: ATM fraud runs the gamut

Posted by on January 6, 2020 at 1:35 pm

Some thieves take on smart ATMs with high tech gadgetry. Others, you could say, have a shorter fuse. The United States Department of Justice recently sent notifications to 2,000 residents in my home state of Utah. Recipients are presumed victims of one Alexandru Cosmin Licsor, freshly extradited from Romania. The purpose of the letter was to inform [...]