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2 months ago

What’s Behind Google’s Secretive Ad-Blocking Policy by Online Security

What’s Behind Google’s Secretive Ad-Blocking Policy by Online Security

University of Maryland law professor Frank Pasquale says Google has tried to have it both ways: sometimes it portrays itself as a simple utility and a mere conduit of its customers’ ads, but other times it presents itself as a content provider that can and should exercise control over the ads it shows.

 

Whenever Google is accused of abetting or enabling copyright infringement or defamation, it says, ‘We’re just [connecting people] like the phone company does, and you wouldn’t sue the phone company over this,’” says Pasquale. “But when people say, ‘If you’re a common carrier [utility], you should take all ads,’ Google will say, ‘No, we’re like a newspaper and we should have carte blanche over what we publish.’”

3 months ago

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group Review: Fraud Prevention

What You Need to Know

Workers' compensation fraud is a big problem. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (a not-for-profit organization that investigates and tracks insurance fraud nationally) asserts that workers' compensation fraud is the fastest-growing insurance scam in the country. The NICB estimates that 10 cents out of every premium dollar is wasted on fraud. That translates into billions of dollars lost to workers' compensation fraud annually. Who pays the tab? We all do.

 

Education is one of the ways we can combat the problem. At Eastern, we believe the more people know about fraud, the more likely they'll be able to recognize it and report it. One important thing to keep in mind is that workers' compensation fraud is not just perpetrated by employees - employers and medical providers can be guilty of fraud too.

 

Here are some of the red flags to look for in each group:

 

Employee Workers' Compensation Fraud

Harry Smith is a welder for a small company. Lately, Harry has received "poor performance" reviews. He's also told some of his co-workers that he and his wife are divorcing and that he will have to be responsible for child support. In the past, he's complained about work stress and back problems. Now, he shows up on Monday and tells HR that he injured his wrist late on Friday afternoon, after everyone else had gone home.*

*Not a real case.

 

Poor performance reviews.

Harry's walking on thin ice at his job and may be seeking to get whatever he can before the company dismisses him.

 

Financial difficulties.

That divorce and child support Harry mentioned to his co-workers? Harry may be signaling he needs money fast.

 

A suspicious prior history.

Harry claims to have had stress and back problems. A prior history of reporting subjective injuries should raise concerns about his claim.

 

Reporting a work injury on Monday that occurred on the previous Friday.

Harry shows up on Monday, claiming he sustained an injury on the job the previous Friday and that there were no witnesses. Under these circumstances, Harry's injury looks highly questionable.

3 months ago

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group Review: Risk Management Services

Eastern's approach to risk management services is simple: reduce your exposure to loss. Our consultative services extend well beyond merely providing hazard identification assessments and submitting recommendations. Our in-house risk management services’ group has years of experience, expertise in workers’ compensation, and an unparalleled focus on you, the client. Eastern handles our consulting activities through five distinct processes:

 

  • Initial assessment of your organization's needs and culture
  • Joint development of a service plan
  • Review of alternative solutions
  • Implementation of plan
  • Monitoring of results

 

Eastern provides an online Risk Management Resource Center, featuring a document library and access to Safety.BLR.com. BLR is a safety training and compliance resource site where you can find:

 

  • Constantly updated safety news, including OSHA standard changes, large violations, current safety news, etc.
  • Federally-mandated and state-specific regulations
  • Downloadable and customizable sample directives, policies, toolbox talks, and MSDS resources
  • Training materials in English and Spanish
  • Information sorted by topic, industry, and format
  • Audio training presentations

 

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 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.

 

6 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.