Phishing Airmiles?

As long as people think of phishing as stealing financial data, no one’s safe. Take this email I just received from Virgin Atlantic after signing up for their Flying Club frequent flier program. It’s a great example of how a user could be duped into giving up personal information (including, but not necessarily, financial data) …

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Sad News For The Review

Sad news: As of today, the Far Eastern Economic Review, primary home to the Loose Wire column for the past few years, has ceased publishing as a weekly magazine. That means that the column will move elseswhere, although WSJ.com readers will continue to be able to read it online. For FEER and other readers, please …

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How To Phish Google

I’ve long believed that phishing emails are just the beginning of a new kind of fraud which is likely to be sophisticated and fast moving. Here’s an example of what they might look like, courtesty of a British computer scientist called Jim Ley, written up at the security website Netcraft. Ley, Netcraft says, “has demonstrated …

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Dialer Scams And Heads In The Sand

I can’t help feeling that telephone companies and Internet Service Providers are in real danger of legal action if they don’t tackle the problem of modem dialing. This NBC5 story from Chicago quotes a local woman as complaining about a series of weird calls to her phone company, SBC. The answer: “They didn’t know too …

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Yahoo! Buys Bloomba

Yahoo! has bought Stata Labs, the guys behind Bloomba an excellent email program that is more of a database. In a statement the company said they “intend to continue supporting Stata Labs’ existing customers for one year from the date of product purchase”. They said that while there is no word on what Yahoo! will …

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Portable Media Centers: Damp Squibs?

How big are Portable Media Centers going to be? Not very, says The Diffusion Group, a Dallas-based research consultancy. In a report it says both Microsoft-based and non-MS-based media players with video, audio and photo capabilities will “face stiff competition from less-expensive application-specific alternatives such as MP3 players, portable DVD players, and new portable photo …

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Even Mayors Get Dialer Scammed

It’s not just small fry getting hooked in the great modem hijacking/dialer scam. The Derrick, a publication from Pennsylvania’s Oil City, reports the town’s former mayor has become embroiled, demanding Verizon forgive $1,200 in charges. Verizon has so far refused to forgive Malachy McMahon’s debt. McMahon is going after Verizon, who he sees as complicit …

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Yahoo! Goes Outside For Searches

Maybe it’s just Yahoo! trying out the competition, but a press release from Tucson, AZ-based Webglimpse.net, maintainers of the Glimpse search engine, say that Yahoo! has “purchased several licenses” of its software for internal use. Glimpse is a C program for fast searching of large numbers of text files on Unix systems. It is at …

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Faux Blogs And The Art Of The Dupe

Are fake blogs savvy marketing tools or the thin end of a wedge that will undermine the credibility of all blogs? Dennis Nishi has a piece in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune about fake blogs or faux blogs, a topic I’ve blazed off about before. He points to Beta-7, a fake blog conceived, if that’s the right word, …

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Phishing Takes Its Toll

Is phishing beginning to take its toll on banks? It’s been my belief for some time that this is, or would be, the case. Banks have seen the Internet as a cash cow and have been over-eager to milk it without realising that it’s not just a way to grab more customers and slice overheads. …

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