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Using LinkedIn to Research Spies Like Us

Several of the 11 alleged Russian spies leave interesting imprints on LinkedIn, suggesting rewarding pickings for journalists. Donald Heathfield, for example, had 74 connections. His specialities sound like they could equally applied to espionage: Comprehensive management of Risks and Uncertainties, Anticipatory Leadership, Building of Future Scenarios, Development and Execution of Future Strategies, Capture of Strategic Opportunities, Global Account Management Amusing to hear the recommendations: β€œRefreshing to work with him as he puts complexe initiatives together that always fits with the end goal that was laid out as our objective.” November 3, 2008 Gerard Bridi, President, Accor Services WiredCommute was with another company when working withContinue readingUsing LinkedIn to Research Spies Like Us

More on Veronica and Fake Flirting

Courtesy of ABC Australia IT guru Paul Wallbank, the source of my chat with Veronica Sexy may have been discovered: an automated sex talk service called CyberLover.ru. Paul points to this story from Conor Sweeney of Moscow’s Reuters bureau: A Russian website called CyberLover.ru is advertising a software tool that, it says, can simulate flirtatious chatroom exchanges. It boasts that it can chat up as many as 10 women at the same time and persuade them to hand over phone numbers. The service, on the surface, appears aimed at guys who aren’t able to win over girls online any other way: “It’s happened – aContinue readingMore on Veronica and Fake Flirting

Meet Veronica, Sexy Skype Spammer

Maybe this is commonplace for others, but I’ve just got my first sex-chat-spam on Skype. It’s from someone called Veronica Sexy, whose profile indicates that it’s unlikely to be someone I’ve met and just forgotten about (as if I would): Just in case you can’t read that last bit, it reads: can’t wait to get real nasty and show off πŸ™‚ IM REAL MISS WEB CAM! Reply to the message and immediately you’re asked to share your contact details (a la Skype.) I didn’t risk having Veronica spam all my friends (not sure how that would work, but I’ve got some nice people on myContinue readingMeet Veronica, Sexy Skype Spammer

Fraud For Sale

Online fraud and other forms of Internet crime is a business, openly sold over the Internet.   British-based Internet security company Netcraft says they’re receiving spam advertising dozens of “fraud hosting” websites that offer services and gather together those interested in such pursuits. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, most are Russian. But not all.   Carderportal.com resolves to Netfirms, a hosting service based in Toronto. Netcraft says carder.org “was also hosted in North America” but has since had its record removed. What’s interesting, apparently, is how brazenly mainstream companies are hosting these sites. Nethouse in St. Petersburg “houses stalk.ru, majordomo.ru and mazafaka.ru. Nethouse, which brands its hosting unitContinue readingFraud For Sale

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