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Facebook can’t take Asian growth for granted

A piece I wrote ahead of Facebook’s IPO, casting a skeptical eye over assumptions that Asia would continue to be a source of major growth for the company. Even as Facebook fever grips investors ahead of the social networking giant’s potential $100 billion-plus initial public offering, its breakneck growth in Asia may be slowing as it moves beyond desktop users to those who access the Internet largely or solely from a mobile phone. In March, Facebook revised its own SEC filings to scale back its scope for further growth in India – its third-biggest user base and the largest population it currently has access toContinue readingFacebook can’t take Asian growth for granted

Korean Banks

The Washington Post report that it seems the attack on South Korea’s Nonghyup agricultural bank back in April was the work of North Korea. The evidence? South Korean investigators said they determined that 10 servers used in the bank incident were the same ones used in previous cyberattack operations against South Korea, including one in 2009 and another in March, that they blamed on the North. Investigators say they determined, for instance, that a “command and control” server used in the 2009 operation was registered to a North Korean government agency operating in China. This is interesting. Command and control servers are compromised computers thatContinue readingKorean Banks

Podcast: Bad Things

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on link scams.  (The Business Daily podcast is here.)   Loose Wireless 110803 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741  East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441  South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741  East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941  West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541*  Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141*  Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132  Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

Taking Shady RAT to the Next Level

I know I’ve drawn attention to this before, but the timeline of McAfee’s Operation Shady RAT by Dmitri Alperovitch raises questions again about WikiLeaks’ original data. Alperovitch points out that their data goes back to mid-2006: We have collected logs that reveal the full extent of the victim population since mid-2006 when the log collection began. Note that the actual intrusion activity may have begun well before that time but that is the earliest evidence we have for the start of the compromises. This was around the time that Julian Assange was building up the content that, he recounted in emails at the time, that his hardContinue readingTaking Shady RAT to the Next Level

Did Prolexic Fend Off Anonymous’s Sony Attacks?

Prolexic, a company that defends clients against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, says it has successfully combatted the “Largest Packet-Per-Second DDoS Attack Ever Documented in Asia”: “Prolexic Technologies, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation services, today announced it successfully mitigated another major DDoS attack of unprecedented size in terms of packet-per-second volume. Prolexic cautions that global organizations should consider the attack an early warning of the escalating magnitude of similar DDoS threats that are likely to become more prevalent in the next 6 to 8 months.” Although it describes the customer only as “an Asian company in a high-risk e-commerce industry”Continue readingDid Prolexic Fend Off Anonymous’s Sony Attacks?

Podcast: The IMF’s Bad Dream

(Not tech related, this, so please skip if the IMF and Indonesia don’t float your boat. The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on the IMF’s role in the Asian financial crisis of 1997/8 .  (The Business Daily podcast is here.)   Loose Wireless 110607 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441  South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741  East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941  West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541*  Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141*  Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132  Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to theContinue readingPodcast: The IMF’s Bad Dream

Podcast: Microsoft and Skype

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on Microsoft and Skype.  (The Business Daily podcast is here.)   Loose Wireless 110520 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741  East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441  South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741  East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941  West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541*  Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141*  Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132  Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

Podcast on Diminished Reality

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on diminished reality (The Business Daily podcast is here) Loose Wireless 110427 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441  South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741  East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941  West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541*  Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141*  Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132  Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast. Related articles Podcast: The Starbucks Effect (loosewireblog.com) Podcast: Viral Rhymes (loosewireblog.com) Podcast: Leaky InformationContinue readingPodcast on Diminished Reality

Podcast: Leaky Information

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on leaky information (The Business Daily podcast is here.)   Loose Wireless 110316 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here.  Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741  East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441  South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741  East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941  West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541*  Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141*  Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132  Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

Podcast: Social Media and Social Conflict

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on the relationship between communications and political change .  (The Business Daily podcast is here.)    Loose Wireless 110216 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here.  Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741  East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441  South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741  East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941  West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541*  Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141*  Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132  Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

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