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Cyberwars: a far bigger threat than hacktivists

Whilst consumers are electing the next major political leader via crowdsourced populism, governments and companies begin developing cyberarms. This cyberwarfare is already rife, with a host of malware targeting middle eastern nations (see end of blog entry). What is obvious from these developments is that cyberattacks are the new form of warfare that evades direct…

Who are you f-ing Americans?

Standard Chartered paid off the new Sheriff of New York City, Benjamin Lawsky, to the tune of $340 million to get rid of the pest.  As Investec's commentator Ian Gordon said yesterday, they “acted with pragmatism and integrity in the face of extreme provocation”. What really gets me here is the whole USA versus the rest…

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In through the out door

So, unlike my prediction of just yesterday, the Diamond geezer has gone. Like a revolving door Marcus Agius, the Chair of Barclays Bank, resigned on Monday. Now, two days later, Bob Diamond has resigned and Agius is back. What is going on? Well, first there has been a massive public and political backlash against Barclays…

Does this house believe the City is full of greed and corruption?

A short while ago, I mentioned that the Financial Services Club were to debate: This house believes that The City is full of greed and corruption. We had the debate last week, and it was excellent with Ian Fraser and Nick Kochan, two enigmatic investigative journalists of our time, proposing the motion. Ian Fraser (left) is an…

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The whistleblower who sued Citibank, and won

Just been reading this month’s Bloomberg Markets, with the lead story: “Woman Who Couldn’t Be Intimidated By Citigroup Wins $31 Million”.  The story proves to be an intriguing in-depth analysis (4,000 words) and is not an indictment of Citigroup per se, but of the corporate mentality of any global business today. You may disagree with…

Toxic Debt or Credit Crunch: the App

I was just alerted to a new game app for the iPad and iPhone on the iTunes store. It’s called “Toxic Debt or Credit Crunch”. I downloaded the app and started playing it just to make sure it’s real. The game opened with the story detail: Planet Shred was once the finance capital of the…

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There is no such thing as identity theft

So I just had a meeting with a couple of heavyweights in the cybersecurity field. These guys are bank defenders, and very good at their jobs. Their mission: to keep cyberattacks to an acceptable level. Acceptable is a few basis points of total credit, let’s say under 0.7%. Fine. But it’s getting harder every day,…

There is no such thing as identity theft

So I just had a meeting with a couple of heavyweights in the cybersecurity field. These guys are bank defenders, and very good at their jobs. Their mission: to keep cyberattacks to an acceptable level. Acceptable is a few basis points of total credit, let’s say under 0.7%. Fine. But it’s getting harder every day,…

Why cash works and mobile internet doesn’t

The wireless world of connectivity we live in has risks, and the greatest risk has to be infection of technology. Technology viruses like trojans and man-in-the-middle look mild today, when you see the tsunami of malware that’s out there. Just a year ago, I was saying that banks should offer advice to consumer about security and…

Malware pc

Why cash works and mobile internet doesn’t

The wireless world of connectivity we live in has risks, and the greatest risk has to be infection of technology. Technology viruses like trojans and man-in-the-middle look mild today, when you see the tsunami of malware that’s out there. Just a year ago, I was saying that banks should offer advice to consumer about security and…

Malware pc

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