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November 29, 2018

Amazon Keeps Mum on Pre-Thanksgiving Data Breach

Facebook and Instagram Drove 94% of Social Traffic to Retail Sites: Salesforce Report


By now you’ve seen plenty of reports about record-breaking online sales during the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday-to-Cyber-Monday period. But you might still be surprised that Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram drove 94% of all social traffic to retail sites. So says a report from Salesforce drawing from data captured in its systems. What, you thought Salesforce couldn’t see its client data? Don’t be silly.

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Amazon Keeps Mum on Pre-Thanksgiving Data Breach


Amazon had a great Cyber Monday of course. One way they made sure was to bury news about a customer data breach that leaked out the day before Thanksgiving. Amazon did the absolute bare minimum, informing affected customers in vague terms where it was legally obligated to do so and refusing to answer press inquiries.  If you haven’t heard about that breach, well, that was the idea. And if you’ve been getting an unusual number of phishing emails, you might know who to blame.

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Google and White Ops Dismantle Massive Ad Fraud Botnet

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Ah, but here’s some good news: Google and anti-ad-fraud vendor White Ops announced they have dismantled one of the biggest and most sophisticated ad fraud operations ever. The :”3ve” botnet infected at least 1.7 million computers at any time, counterfeited more than 10,000 Web sites, and generated from 3 to 12 billion requests per day to sell fake online advertising. The U.S. Attorney in New York filed criminal charges against the fraudsters. This does count as good news, right?

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