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mariah abney

hessen, frankfurt, Germany

business blogging

Member since March 05, 2013


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    latest abney and associates technology news Google's Eric Schmidt Invests in Obama's Big Data Brains During the 2012 campaign, Barack Obama’s reelection team had an underappreciated asset: Google’s (GOOG) executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. He helped recruit talent, choose technology, and coach the campaign manager, Jim Messina, on the finer points of leading a large organization. “On election night he was in our boiler room in Chicago,” says David Plouffe, then a senior White House adviser. Schmidt had a particular affinity for a group of engineers and statisticians tucked away beneath a disco ball in a darkened corner of the office known as “the Cave.” The data analytics team, led by 30-year-old Dan Wagner, is credited with producing Obama’s surprising 5 million-vote margin of victory. For all its acclaim, the analytics team’s main achievement is often misunderstood as “microtargeting” or some variant on wooing voters. This reverses the relationship between campaign and voter at the heart of Wagner’s method. Recent campaigns have employed a top-down approach to identify what they thought were vital demographic groups such as “soccer moms.” Wagner’s team pursued a bottom-up strategy of unifying vast commercial and political databases to understand the proclivities of individual voters likely to support Obama or be open to his message, and then sought to persuade them through personalized contact via Facebook (FB), e-mail, or a knock on the door. “I think of them as people sci...

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    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1217582/online-attempts-steal-personal-information-rise-hong-kong AN Abney Associates News Flash Phishing sites, which masquerade as genuine websites to steal users’ personal information, are on the rise in Hong Kong, Microsoft warned on Thursday. Some 6.23 phishing sites were found per 1,000 hosts in the fourth quarter last year, up from 6.01 in the third quarter, according to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report. However, the number of malware infections remained low in the same period. Every 1,000 computers had 2.2 malware infections on average, the report found. Tim Rains, director of product management in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, said the rise could be because Hong Kong is a financial centre and phishing sites masquerade as banking websites to steal information. “The fact that we have a low malware infection rate in Hong Kong, but slightly elevated level of phishing is actually interesting,” he said. He said the reason could be that the attackers were using a smaller number of compromised systems in Hong Kong to do more phishing than other attacks. Roy Ko Wai-tak, manager of Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre, said websites of small and medium enterprises were often hijacked by attackers to build phishing sites – which pose as big corporations – because of poor cyber security. Rains also said the most common malware is called keygen, which comes with key generators that prod...

  • http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/01/seen-at-11-cyber-war-in-europe-is-causing-internet-disruptions-everywhere/ Abney and Associates Cyber War News NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Etwas los Tausende von Meilen entfernt könnte noch beeinflussen Ihre Internet — von langsameren Verbindungen zu Service-Unterbrechungen.Wie CBS 2 Maurice DuBois Montag berichtet, ist es das Ergebnis eines Cyber-Kriegs, mit Millionen von normalen Internet-Nutzer wie Sie immer in der Mitte gefangen. Es dauert in der Regel nur wenige Sekunden für Shannon Lee auf Netflix zugreifen. Aber vor kurzem sagte sie Minute nach Minute verging und ihrem Laptop Bildschirm eingefroren und leer blieb."Er nimmt meine Zeit" Lee sagte, "und es ist wirklich, wirklich frustrierend." Es würde unter keinen Umständen frustrierend sein, aber in letzter Zeit wurde es schlimmer, weil in diesem Fall alles aus einen Streit Tausende von Meilen entfernt in einem Cyber-Krieg stammt. "Durchschnittliche Internet-Nutzer wollen einfach nur ihre e-Mails anzuzeigen oder zu einem Spiel; Sie im Kreuzfeuer gefangen sind,"sagte CNET Editor Declan McCullagh. Sie wird durch ein Kreuzfeuer von zwei konkurrierenden Unternehmen in Europa verursacht wird, und das Endergebnis wurde weit verbreitete Staus und einer Verlangsamung aller Service überall. "Sie finden Systeme verlangsamen; nicht auf bestimmte Sites erhalten kann, wenn Sie wollen,"sagte McCullagh. "Es ist besonders schlimm für Echtzeit-streaming-Webs...

  • http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/01/seen-at-11-cyber-war-in-europe-is-causing-internet-disruptions-everywhere/ Abney and Associates Cyber War News NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Etwas los Tausende von Meilen entfernt könnte noch beeinflussen Ihre Internet — von langsameren Verbindungen zu Service-Unterbrechungen.Wie CBS 2 Maurice DuBois Montag berichtet, ist es das Ergebnis eines Cyber-Kriegs, mit Millionen von normalen Internet-Nutzer wie Sie immer in der Mitte gefangen. Es dauert in der Regel nur wenige Sekunden für Shannon Lee auf Netflix zugreifen. Aber vor kurzem sagte sie Minute nach Minute verging und ihrem Laptop Bildschirm eingefroren und leer blieb."Er nimmt meine Zeit" Lee sagte, "und es ist wirklich, wirklich frustrierend." Es würde unter keinen Umständen frustrierend sein, aber in letzter Zeit wurde es schlimmer, weil in diesem Fall alles aus einen Streit Tausende von Meilen entfernt in einem Cyber-Krieg stammt. "Durchschnittliche Internet-Nutzer wollen einfach nur ihre e-Mails anzuzeigen oder zu einem Spiel; Sie im Kreuzfeuer gefangen sind,"sagte CNET Editor Declan McCullagh. Sie wird durch ein Kreuzfeuer von zwei konkurrierenden Unternehmen in Europa verursacht wird, und das Endergebnis wurde weit verbreitete Staus und einer Verlangsamung aller Service überall. "Sie finden Systeme verlangsamen; nicht auf bestimmte Sites erhalten kann, wenn Sie wollen,"sagte McCullagh. "Es ist besonders schlimm für Echtzeit-streaming-Webs...

  • http://www.globalnews.ca/canada/cybercrime+be+wary+of+public+wi-fi+while+on+vacation/6442827429/story.html Abney and Associates MONTREAL - Travellers should be wary of cyber threats on vacation as they access free wireless networks with their smartphones, tablets or laptops, says software security company Symantec Corp. Canadians travelling for March break and into the summer season shouldn't be doing things like pulling up their bank accounts on Wi-Fi networks, said Symantec Canada's Lynn Hargrove. "What people don't realize is that there's no security on those Wi-Fi networks for the most part," she said. "It's a great way to keep in touch while you're on vacation, but there are some inherent risks that come with it that people just aren't thinking about." Symantec has found that two in 10 Canadians pull up their bank accounts on free Wi-Fi networks in Canada. Young men are most at risk for cybercrime because they are "fearless" and access risky Internet sites, said Hargrove, director of consumer solutions, from Toronto. According to Symantec's 2012 Norton Cybercrime report, travellers are often victimized through their mobile devices while abroad, often by text messages. "We're seeing a lot of fraudulent texts asking you to click on a link or go and dial a number to retrieve a voice mail," Hargrove said. And the wealth of information stored on a smartphone - pictures, texts, emails, contact lists, work documents, banking information -...

  • http://www.globalnews.ca/canada/cybercrime+be+wary+of+public+wi-fi+while+on+vacation/6442827429/story.html Abney and Associates MONTREAL - Travellers should be wary of cyber threats on vacation as they access free wireless networks with their smartphones, tablets or laptops, says software security company Symantec Corp. Canadians travelling for March break and into the summer season shouldn't be doing things like pulling up their bank accounts on Wi-Fi networks, said Symantec Canada's Lynn Hargrove. "What people don't realize is that there's no security on those Wi-Fi networks for the most part," she said. "It's a great way to keep in touch while you're on vacation, but there are some inherent risks that come with it that people just aren't thinking about." Symantec has found that two in 10 Canadians pull up their bank accounts on free Wi-Fi networks in Canada. Young men are most at risk for cybercrime because they are "fearless" and access risky Internet sites, said Hargrove, director of consumer solutions, from Toronto. According to Symantec's 2012 Norton Cybercrime report, travellers are often victimized through their mobile devices while abroad, often by text messages. "We're seeing a lot of fraudulent texts asking you to click on a link or go and dial a number to retrieve a voice mail," Hargrove said. And the wealth of information stored on a smartphone - pictures, texts, emails, contact lists, work documents, banking information -...

  • http://abneynicoleturpin.blogspot.dk/2013/03/abney-associates-public-schoolboy.html Abney Associates Nicholas Webber, 21, was jailed for five years for running a criminal website He started his criminal career at £24,000-a-year Bradfield College Prison IT Teacher Michael Fox was made redundant after the incident Fox protests he had no idea Webber was a hacker One of Britain’s most notorious cyber criminals hacked into a prison computer system from inside jail – after he was allowed to join an IT class. Nicholas Webber, 21, jailed for five years in 2011 for masterminding a multi-million-pound internet crime site, triggered the security scare during a lesson. It is understood his actions caused ‘major panic’ but it is not clear what, if anything, he managed to access. The prison, HMP Isis in South London, blamed his teacher, Michael Fox, who was employed by Kensington and Chelsea College. He was banned from the prison but the college cleared him of committing any security breaches at a disciplinary hearing last March. However, he was made redundant when no alternative work could be found for him. More... Pictured with piles of cash: The public schoolboy jailed for five years for masterminding £18m internet scam Computer hacker, 21, jailed for masterminding £27 MILLION fraud in his bedroom taking credit card details from unsuspecting internet users On Friday, Mr Fox, from Bromley, Kent, began a claim for unfair dismissal, arguing that it wasn’t his decision to put Webber, the...