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2 weeks ago

Security and Risk Online: Cyber Gang of Russia Collected Millions through Fake-Ad Scam

abcnews.go.com posted on December 20th, 2016, quoting a firm which specializes in detection of online-ad fraud as saying that a criminal group of Russia is running huge fraud which has been stealing millions of digital advertising dollars per day for the last few months.

 

It is estimated that billions of dollars were lost in a year due to fake traffic, fraudulent clicks, and various other scams. But there is little motivation to stop it because of the manner the online-advertising market is structured with many layers of middlemen and ad-networks.

 

In fact, the growth of sophisticated bot-nets and other types of click fraud is one of the reasons why less than half of all Internet ads are even seen by humans, according to a research conducted by comScore in 2013, an online analytics firm.

 

White Ops, a New York-based firm, has named the operation "Methbot" because of references to meth hidden in the computer code underlying the scam, and said it is the biggest and most profitable fraud operation yet to assault digital advertising. The company said that the scam is believed to originate from Russia using a so-called bot net to fake views of as many as 300 million video ads per day and trick advertisers to pay for views which were never seen by humans.

 

While Methbot had its own devoted servers running its software, several bot-nets are created out of ordinary PCs owned by innocent victims, who download "malware" or malicious programs from the Internet. Software can be installed in the background by clicking on a link or a popup ad which then captures the computer for different purposes.

 

As hacking by Russian government dominating headlines all over the world, Michael Triffany, CEO of White Ops, said that this scam is perhaps not being run by the Kremlin although it has massive size and sophistication.

 

White Ops said that to fight the fraud, it will release known IP addresses associated with Methbot to enable advertisers and their agencies to block them. The company added that it will release a fake domain name and full URL list to show where this phony activity has been taking place.

2 weeks ago

Security and Risk Online: Cyber Gang of Russia Collected Millions through Fake-Ad Scam

abcnews.go.com posted on December 20th, 2016, quoting a firm which specializes in detection of online-ad fraud as saying that a criminal group of Russia is running huge fraud which has been stealing millions of digital advertising dollars per day for the last few months.

 

It is estimated that billions of dollars were lost in a year due to fake traffic, fraudulent clicks, and various other scams. But there is little motivation to stop it because of the manner the online-advertising market is structured with many layers of middlemen and ad-networks.

 

In fact, the growth of sophisticated bot-nets and other types of click fraud is one of the reasons why less than half of all Internet ads are even seen by humans, according to a research conducted by comScore in 2013, an online analytics firm.

 

White Ops, a New York-based firm, has named the operation "Methbot" because of references to meth hidden in the computer code underlying the scam, and said it is the biggest and most profitable fraud operation yet to assault digital advertising. The company said that the scam is believed to originate from Russia using a so-called bot net to fake views of as many as 300 million video ads per day and trick advertisers to pay for views which were never seen by humans.

 

While Methbot had its own devoted servers running its software, several bot-nets are created out of ordinary PCs owned by innocent victims, who download "malware" or malicious programs from the Internet. Software can be installed in the background by clicking on a link or a popup ad which then captures the computer for different purposes.

 

As hacking by Russian government dominating headlines all over the world, Michael Triffany, CEO of White Ops, said that this scam is perhaps not being run by the Kremlin although it has massive size and sophistication.

 

White Ops said that to fight the fraud, it will release known IP addresses associated with Methbot to enable advertisers and their agencies to block them. The company added that it will release a fake domain name and full URL list to show where this phony activity has been taking place.

2 months ago

SC Advisors Facilitates $50 Million Acquisition And Development Deal BETWEEN MOSS PARK PROPERTIES LLLP AND LENNAR HOMES LLC

Lennar Homes, LLC, and Moss Park Properties, LLLP (MPP) have completed an acquisition and development contract for 366 acres and the future development of a new master planned community.
 

This $50 million investment will advance the initial phases of the community with more than 2,000 residential units and supporting retail and commercial development. SC Advisors will serve as the development advisor for the new community, overseeing all planning and major improvements as well as future transactions for MPP.

 

2 months ago

Bricon Associates PTE LTD Insurance Specialist

Bricon Associates PTE LTD Insurance Specialist

As one of Singapore’s leading medical insurance consultancies with, Bricon Associates prides itself on offering you quality advice and customized schemes tailored to suit both your business and personal needs. We offer Health Insurance and many different types of general Insurance.

 

We are a 40 years old company, equipped with over 40 dedicated staff and collaborating with the best insurers. We strive to bring out our best for our clients, and we stand by you all the way, from queries to claims.

 

Various insurance policies covers your Health, home, car, business, office and any other assets that you consider valuable. It protects you and your valuables from mishaps, this is because If something is jeopardized, you get a respective financial compensation. This brings you a peace of mind that, should the worst happen, you don’t lose out financially.

 

At Bricon Associates, we have the right solution for you.

3 months ago

Protection Against Auto Insurance Fraud

Preventing Auto Insurance Fraud

 

Car insurance fraud is on the rise, and it affects every driver, whether you know it or not. Even if you are not directly involved, the widespread existence of insurance scams leads to increased premium costs in policies and longer waits for your insurance claims to be processed.

 

If you are directly involved, you can be swindled, suffer negative effects on your driving record, or even suffer injuries from a staged accident.

 

Accident-Related Fraud

 

Accidents make up some of the more devastating types of car insurance fraud cases. They can cost the victim time and money and may even result in injuries.

 

An accident-related fraud incident is often referred to as a “hard car insurance scam.”

 

Hard Car Insurance Scams

 

A hard car insurance scam happens when one person or multiple individuals cause an accident on purpose with the intention of filing insurance claims and making money.

 

The FBI describes multiple common scenarios that include one or more dishonest drivers and may include planted witnesses.

 

Example: A driver waves you forward to merge, accelerates to plow into you as you try to merge, and later denies that he gestured you forward.

 

Safe Driving for Accident Prevention

 

Protect yourself by driving safely, and always keep a substantial distance from vehicles in front of you. Insurance fraudsters love tailgaters; following a car too closely can create an easy set-up for a staged auto accident.

 

To learn more, visit our page on staged accidents.

3 months ago

New Mothers Support Group Singapore: Socials @ Polliwogs Suntec

Come and join us at our morning social at Polliwogs' Suntec branch. A great opportunity to meet other mums in a similar situation to yourself and for the kids to explore and play. Included in your entry there will be a free craft session and game for the little ones!

 

Please note that no outside food or drinks are permitted in the play area of Polliwogs. However, there is a coffee shop where you can feed your baby. Polliwogs is most suitable for children above 6 months old.

NMSG Social Price

Children 2 plus $17 per child (usual price $20) 

Children below 2 $11 per child (usual price $13)

You can register your interest in attending this event via the NMSG Meetup Group

 

·         Please dont forget your socks! All adults and children must wear socks within Polliwogs. So please pack some in your bag before coming along, otherwise a pair can be bought at the centre.

·         There will be no Paediatrician attending this event.

·         Please note, due to the popularity of this venue, we have started a first come / first served system as there is a limit to the number of children/adults permitted at any one time.

·         Meet-up registration does not guarantee you a place at our regular socials

 

When?

10am - 11.45am on the following dates in 2016

 

Wednesday 26 October

Where?

Polliwogs Suntec

3 Temasek Blvd

Tower 4

 

Organiser

Nicole O'Connor

3 months ago

Harmony Chinese Takeaway Review: A service like no other!

 

We were not surprised with the previous reviews about Harmony Chinese Takeaway because all praises about the takeaway restaurant were genuinely accurate.

Many people loved this takeaway because it serves top notch Chinese food. No overblown menu with overblown prices and no trendy street food pretensions. They were one of those ordinary and humble stores you would see on streets. However, Harmony offers great service like no other Chinese takeaway. Reviews claim that it was not easy to find such good takeaway restaurant.

When it was our first time to order at Harmony, we saw how friendly the staffs were. We ordered chicken and noodle soup, honey dew chicken wings, salt and garlic chips and egg fried rice. Surprisingly, all the foods we ordered were very delicious! After then, we promised to come back again to the place every time we crave for tasty Chinese foods.

We were aware of the negative reviews about Harmony Chinese Takeaway and we believed that most of those responses came from people who were expecting an extravagant place with the same level of lavishness as a luxury Chinese restaurant. Well, if that’s your thing, look elsewhere. As mentioned earlier, its exterior and interior were simple but their service and food were great. 

One of my friends who doesn't like tofu before suddenly loved the C8 Ma Po Tofu of Harmony Chinese Takeaway after she tasted it once. She’s now addicted to it. We were always grateful to taste good Chinese foods at a simple town. 

The delivery was fast unlike other Chinese takeaways and it has polite service. The menu has a good range and a few nice surprises. The food was always amazingly cooked and piping hot. Travelers who came from faraway places tried this takeaway restaurant and they commended the food because it was just as good as its service.