Stay Clear Of Social Fraud In The Midst Of A Disaster: 3 Things To Look Out For

fake charity scam

No matter how many times I see the same story I am still shocked by the audacity of some people.  Whether it’s a devastating Typhoon in the Philippines, a mass shooting at a US elementary school, or a horrible hurricane in New York City, criminals find a way to take advantage of the disaster. Take for example the Sandy Hook Elementary Mass Shooting last year.  Within hours of the horrific event … [Read more...]

CDRP Process and Best Practices

domain names

Most of us have heard of a UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) but not many of us have heard of a CDRP (CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy). This policy was developed by CIRA (The Canadian Internet Registration Authority) to provide an alternative mechanism instead of the court system for those seeking to obtain the transfer or cancellation of .CA domain names they believe … [Read more...]

7 Steps To Protect Yourself And Your Company From Phishing

phishing attack

The internet can be a deceitful and treacherous place. We have all heard of  scams trying to sell you fake pharmaceuticals, the false promises of people near you looking for love, even Nigerian princes' lying about the millions of dollars that will be sent you. I'm assuming you, the reader, are way too clever to fall for any of these traps. Spam filters catch most of it, but before you start … [Read more...]

INTA Leadership Meeting Spotlights Brand Enforcement in the Social Media Space

social media risks

Not surprisingly, one of the issues discussed during INTA leadership meeting in Miami was the (optimum level of) enforcement of brands in the social media space.   This topic was most prominently discussed during the session “Faster than the Speed of Light: Keeping Up with Internet Developments”. The diverse group of panelists for this session included representatives from Twitter, Anheuser-Busch, … [Read more...]

Craigslist and your Brand: Tips to Help Safeguard Users from Scams

job posting scams and phishing

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Craigslist”?  I took a very unscientific poll of some friends and some of the answers I received were: selling online, online classifieds, advertising, “buying cheap stuff” and “hooking up”.  Though I cannot personally comment on the last answer, I think it is safe to say that most people would have similar responses. The … [Read more...]

Dodgy Emails, Fraud & Identity Theft

computer crime

Dear Friend, “You have been chosen by my family to help us send $5 million dollars to our bank in America. We need your help with this as our family here cannot use the country’s banks. The money is going to a charity that our government forbids our foundation to donate too. We know you are a good man and will help us do this. My family’s gift to you will be $500,000 for doing this great task … [Read more...]

Will Domain Name Collision Affect Your Corporate Security

domain name security ICANN

Does your organization use an internal Intranet?  If so you should start to consider the ramifications of domain name collision with the emergence of the new gTLD’s.  Although many of the proposed gTLD’s[1] are not of concern there are some such as .corp, .home and .mail that could cause serious corporate security concerns. Why?  Well the DNS system serves both the public Internet and private … [Read more...]

Security Breaches Hurt Us All

security breaches

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’ll have heard of the high-profile DNS-based compromises of many popular websites, such as the New York Times and Twitter.  Personal account breaches, typically a result of phishing attacks, are now so commonplace that they rarely warrant news coverage.  Other, even-less-talked-about attacks, such as the Google and Qinetiq APT (“Advanced Persistent … [Read more...]

Violations Of Intellectual Property Rights Costing The Economy £1.3 Billion A Year

counterfeit goods

There was a very interesting article published in the World Intellectual Property Review that focused on a study conducted by the OHIM and the EPO, detailing the contribution of industries that have a “higher than average use of IP rights” to the economy in the EU[1]. The paper, titled Intellectual Property Rights intensive industries: contribution to economic performance and employment in … [Read more...]

Social Media Surveillance – We’re Watching You!

@torontojack233

Welcome to the year 2013, where nothing you do online is a secret. One of the main reasons for this lack of security comes down to the fact that people have become casual about their own privacy. They leave their profiles (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) public so that they can “meet” new people and make new “friends”. The problem with sharing all of your information online is that it … [Read more...]