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Just how easy is it to hack your PC?

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I've regularly added notes about hacking and malware on the net, as this is a critical component of online finance issues.  Firms like Symantec and McAfee are regularly producing materials that advise in this space, although one of my favourite sources of updates is the blog written by Graham Cluley …

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Report shows that IT guys steal

Cisco

Finanser sponsor Cisco released a report yesterday that has grabbed a ton of headlines: IT guys steal Yep, all you techie, geeky, propeller heads out there are thieving criminalistic mafiosa types. Or so Cisco say anyway. How do they come to this conclusion? Because laid-off workers from banks’ IT departments …

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Report shows that IT guys steal

Cisco

Finanser sponsor Cisco released a report yesterday that has grabbed a ton of headlines: IT guys steal Yep, all you techie, geeky, propeller heads out there are thieving criminalistic mafiosa types. Or so Cisco say anyway. How do they come to this conclusion? Because laid-off workers from banks’ IT departments …

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Jeff Goldblum is not dead

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Presenting a webinar yesterday, I spent a bit of time talking about Twitter in banking. Brian Hartzer, the former CEO of ANZ, has been an avid tweeter and even announced his departure from ANZ on Twitter (he's taking over Retail Banking at RBS in the UK). More recently sites such …

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Cracking ATMs the malware way

EAST ATM Fraud

I get a lot of email feeds and news from financial websites, but often spot real banking news in more unlikely places … like New Scientist magazine. On the front cover of last week's mag was a story about Gaia's evil twin.   I thought that was going to be …

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Time for the Gangsters?

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A new film comes out in July called Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. It’s the story of John Dillinger, who went on a rampage of bank robbing in 1933-34, and gained notoriety as a kind of Robin Hood gangster anti-hero. At the time, many other anti-hero’s were …

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Time for the Gangsters?

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A new film comes out in July called Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. It’s the story of John Dillinger, who went on a rampage of bank robbing in 1933-34, and gained notoriety as a kind of Robin Hood gangster anti-hero. At the time, many other anti-hero’s were …

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Are you being hacked (and do you know)?

According to McAfee, Americans have lost about $8.5 billion because of internet scams in the last two years alone.  As a result, they've launched an interesting series of videos to educate your Average Joe's and Jane's in what to do and what not to do for safe surfs. Here's Episode …

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A real-time global pulse

As we use low latency systems, faster payments, twitter and other technologies, we silently watch the revolution of our world from local to global communities, and to a real-time global pulse. The thing is, do you ever stop to notice? The fact that you can trade in a millionth of …

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The Dark Economy

Interesting blog post at the British Computer Society's blog about the Dark Economy, which states that there are 17,000 unique signatures of new threats per day; this threat has been growing massively since 2006 with 9 out of 10 threats being from Trojans which download from 'innocent links'. The blog …

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Insider Trading and Twitter

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I wondered recently about the potential of market abuse in new social media.  This was inspired by an April Fool from the Insurance Post, which had the headline: "FSA proposes ban on social networking sites". "The Financial Services Authority has called for a ban of social networking sites such as …

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Insider Trading and Twitter

TwitLeeson

I wondered recently about the potential of market abuse in new social media.  This was inspired by an April Fool from the Insurance Post, which had the headline: "FSA proposes ban on social networking sites". "The Financial Services Authority has called for a ban of social networking sites such as …

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More fake twitterers in banking

Goodwin

I was going to write a long post about the latest goings-on in this year's social network bandwagon, Twitter, but I've already done this a few times, and Christophe Langlois at Visible-Banking along with Bank Innovation give plenty more background on Twitter in banking if you're interested.   I do …

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PIN codes cracked and 285 million data breaches

Wired's blog just noted that Bryan Sartin, director of investigative response for Verizon Business, is saying the backbone of bank security – the PIN – is broken by hackers.  In fact, he reckons, its' been blown apart. "We're seeing entirely new attacks that a year ago were thought to be …

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