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Zeus / SpyEye Banking Trojan Botmaster Arrested

May 7, 2013

I’ve been following this story with growing fascination for many years. I’ve been writing about it since 2011. I expect that one day this story will turn into a bestseller and one heck of a movie. Let me bring you up to speed. According to this article (http://ow.ly/kIcMn), the banking Trojan known as ZeuS has [...]

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Newsbytes – Technology & Science

May 5, 2013

There have been are too many (way too many!) cool Sci/Tech stories recently to write about in depth. The mad scientists and others have been working overtime. 4/25/13 – Tax-Free Web Shopping Nears End – WSJ.com –  http://ow.ly/krO1B After years of controversy and competing bills, the Marketplace Fairness Act may soon become law. Brick & [...]

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Identity Theft – Scam artist pleads guilty to using stolen identities to generate fraudulent tax returns

May 3, 2013

A creep by the name of Murmylyuk created a fake employment-related website. The site offered fictitious job placement services program and claimed was, “sponsored by the government and intended for people with low income.” He then sent e-mails with a link to his fake website through legitimate job search forums and college list serves. As [...]

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Tech News of the Weird Variety

May 1, 2013

4/23/13 – A Star Wars R2-D2 Talking Pizza Cutter – http://ow.ly/koDQb Seriously? Some people have too much time on their hands. 4/23/13 – At long last: A Pizza Hut app for your Xbox 360 – http://ow.ly/kmUVk 4/19/13 – Virginia man calls 911 gets wrong state – kfoxtv.com – http://ow.ly/krTHK “A man called 911 to report [...]

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Online Crime Report

April 29, 2013

Service Sells Criminals Access to Fortune 500 Firms — Krebs on Security – http://ow.ly/jRZDT “For just a few dollars, these services offer the ability to buy your way inside of Fortune 500 company networks.” Online Service Offers Bank Robbers for Hire — Krebs on Security – http://ow.ly/jS0Vl “An online service boldly advertised in the cyber [...]

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Banks of the Future

April 26, 2013

There’s a quiet revolution occurring in the banking industry. As bank customers embrace technology, the ways they interact with the bank are changing rapidly. According to this article (http://ow.ly/k2Www) ATMs along with online and smartphone banking have caused the number of transactions that occur inside a branch bank to drop dramatically. Some reports say branch [...]

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Is this the end of landlines?

April 24, 2013

Some telephone companies are asking the government to end traditional landline service As more telephone customers cut the cord and shift service to wireless or Internet-based options, some major telephone companies have asked the federal government to pull the plug on the old-fashioned service. They say regulations that require maintenance of outdated, little-used infrastructure hinders [...]

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Identity Theft – Tools and Resources

April 22, 2013

Identity theft is a serious problem in the U.S. If you’ve been a victim, you know the amazing amount of damage it can do and how much work is required to repair that damage. A few quick stats from Identitytheft.info http://www.identitytheft.info/victims.aspx: Close to 100 million additional Americans have their personal identifying information placed at risk [...]

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Boston Bombing Investigation – Example of Effective Technology Use

April 19, 2013

As this is written police in Boston appear to be closing in on the 2nd suspected terrorist 4 days after the horrific bombing that ended the 2013 Boston Marathon. Throughout this ordeal, I’ve been impressed by the effective use of virtually every technology available to the authorities. The widespread existence and use of technologies such [...]

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Would You Allow Your Boss Access to Your Social Media Accounts?

April 18, 2013

Should your boss ever have access to your social media accounts, such as Facebook? An amendment to a recent bill in Washington State (http://ow.ly/jWqsl) would have allowed employers to ask for a worker’s Facebook or other social media password during company investigations. The issue has recently become contentious. Why Employers Want Your Facebook Password – [...]

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