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How Microsoft Appointed Itself Sheriff of the Internet

By: Robert McMillian – wired.com

“There’s simply no other company that takes such a direct approach to taking on scammers.”

Robert McMillian of wired.com report on How Mircosoft appointed itself sheriff of the internet is right to the point we’ve been making over the years. If more companies were taking legal actions against cyber-criminals and those harboring these creeps like Mircosoft have been doing, then Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase and many more US companies may not have endured data breaches.

What we mean by this? We defined cyber-crime as a web of individuals, venture capitalists, investment bankers, ISP providers acting knowingly or unknowingly in aiding cyber criminals by their actions, company policies and business practices.

From reading wired.com article, it appears like legal scholars and security experts such as the Eric Goldman, a First Amendment Professor at Santa Clara University, California and Electronic Frontier Foundation disagreed with Mircosoft practices.

They argued that Mircosoft actions as sheriff thwarts our legal system of adjudication, deprived a person of Due Process Under the Law. In essence what Mr. Goldman and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are saying is that Doctrine of Habeas Corpus should be evoke.

“No-IP is a legitimate company whose services are used by thousands of law-abiding citizens. The fact that Microsoft could knock it offline, as if it were another Waledac, has many observers worried.”

As you can see, cybercriminals are well financed. To take them down would require a company like Mircosoft or Target or JP Morgan Chase. Someone with deep pockets and the resources like Mircosoft to take on these creeps. Mircosoft must not be the only company fighting cyber crimes. Others need to follow.

scamFRAUDalert position is that we are at WAR. Our privacy are being invaded. The public safety is at risk. Article I Section 9, Clause 2 of the US Constitution states “The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless where in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion of Public Safety.”

We believe there is an invasion of public safety with the spreading of malwares as in the case of IP’S addresses associated with NO-IP.com or any company that houses malwares. Public safety tramp our judicial processes and collateral damages that may result. These individuals are well financed, can easily buy US Senators and Judges.

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Data Breaches A National Crisis, Really?

When Investigative Reporter Brian Krebs broke the news that Target Company had experienced a data breach, we at scamFRAUDalert asked the question, how pervasive this was? This was December 24, 2013. Fast forward nine months (9) later, we’ve now learned of JP Morgan Chase and there have been other breaches at Home Depot, Michael’s Stores, Signature Systems, Jimmy Johns, The Goodwill Stores, P.F. Chang’s, Neiman Marcus, SuperValu, and the list goes on and on of breaches unreported nationally. As of October 7, 2014, there have been 589 data breaches recorded by the Identity Theft Recourse Center (ITRC) as compare to 467 breaches in all of 2013.

Based on our experienced of monitoring cybercrimes, this is the new gold mine for these thugs. They seems to gravitate to where the action is.

Government agencies and companies worldwide should take an offensive approach to data security breaches. They should go after these thugs forcefully with the zest of a warrior rather then playing defense. They should follow Mircosoft lead. The internet touches our every day life and is a precious medium of communication to have it infested with just a  few criminals.  The consequences of not playing offense in the fight against cybercrime can be catastrophic. It simply going to get worse.

Our private information are at risk. These records are being SOLD all over the internet making them accessible to creeps, slimes, parasites, psychopaths, and cyber criminals.

In our opinion, this is not a national crisis, this is an imminent threat to our way of LIFE. We should not be going after these thugs after the fact. By then, it’s perhap too late.

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Reputation Management Sites

Are Reputation Management sites offering a service that protect businesses and individuals against consumer complaints, accusations and other malfeasance, or are they enabling cyber-criminals?

Here’s what we know. As cyber-crime awareness become a trend so as cyber criminals. These pimps reinvent themselves as they are now in the business of consumer complaint sites, reputation management sites and mugshot operators.

Reputation Management Methods:
“injection source code” that lets the user manipulate the metadata behind a website, adding a “noindex” tag that drops the results on search engines like Google and Bing — hiding them completely.
It is a crime to inject source codes into anyone computer
18 U.S. Code § 1030 – Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers

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California A Major Target For Cyber-Criminals,

California a major target for Cyber-Criminals, says Attorney General Pamela Harris Pamela Harris.

According to Ms. Harris, cyber-criminals with ties to  Eastern Europe – Russia, UKarine, Lativa, China and Africa are the culprit. We would add Canada, India, Great Britain, Iran, Overland Park, Kansas, Germany, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy, Los Angeles, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Miami, Orlando, Florida, Houston, New York as hubs for cyber criminals.

Transnational criminal organizations are relying increasingly on cybercrime as a source of funds – which means they are frequently targeting, and illicitly using, the digital tools and content developed in our state,” Harris said in a statement attached to the 97-page report.

This come as no surprise to scamFRAUDalert. We believe these criminals are not just transnational but are domestic and local. They are well organized, powerful and operate without fear of law enforcement. They operate at ALL fronts and hired powerful Attorneys and handlers knowingly or unknowingly to protect them.

They have infiltrated our transparent business practices of fair play, playing by the rules and our sense of governance as we know them.

These criminals pose a clear and imminent threat to our economy , our well-being and should not be taken likely.

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WhoIs Trustlink.org ~ pvmiller20@gmail.com

The About Us page says:consumer alert

TrustLink was originally founded by the Better Business Bureau in 2008 to provide a forum for consumer complaints and compliments regarding the service companies they’ve employed. The site was launched in 2010 and in less than a year became the most popular rating site in Southern California for Home Improvement, Professional Services, Retail and Web-based businesses. Based on TrustLink’s rapid acceptance, it’s clear both consumers and service businesses value a trusted system for interaction and reviews.

The WhoIs Registry below shows the domain is registered to one Paul Miller whose email address pvmiller20@gmail.com.

The phone number (408) 892-6240 listed on the WhoIs belongs to Gina Funaro – email: pmiller20@comcast.net and she has a Facebook page.

It is our opinion that Mr. Paul Miller or Ms. Gina Funaro are employee of the Better Business Bureau of Southern California dba  Business Consumer Alliance company if one exists and they and their employees are responsible for altering, manipulating and deleting comments and posts on the Better Business Bureau websites.

Objective Observation: Ms. Gina Funaro may be on the Editorial or Reviewing Staff of the Business Better Bureau or Trustlink.org

Address lookup
canonical name http://www.trustlink.org

aliases
addresses: 207.198.100.251
Domain Whois record

Queried whois.publicinterestregistry.net with “trustlink.org”…

Domain ID:D148747859-LROR
Domain Name:TRUSTLINK.ORG
Created On:30-Jul-2007 17:37:21 UTC
Last Updated On:25-Jul-2013 20:25:16 UTC
Expiration Date:30-Jul-2015 17:37:21 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, LLC (R91-LROR)

TrustLink pvmiller20@gmail

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Target Data Beach Highlight How Pervasive This Is Becoming

English: Logo of Target, US-based retail chainThe recent case of Target Corporation data beach where  credit and debit cards data for some 70 million customer accounts were compromised is just another reminder of how pervasive cyber crimes are becoming. An escalating and alarming trend.

Since human existence, crime have always been a part of society. Crime no matter what kind have been local and dealt with by local law enforcement. Crime is like death and taxes or nudity and profanity. Society have accepted these irrational behaviors as lexicons and have dealt with crime through parenting and the community. Today, crime is now at a new level, it’s globalization. It’s international. It’s a global village.

Here’s why. Take the case of the Somalian pirates. These pirates hijacked cargo ships and demand ransom payments for which the multinational ship owners pay the ransom demanded.

In medieval times, pirates who hijacked ships would unload the cargo on board the captured vessels to land and resell the cargo (merchandise) to the public. Today pirates demand ransom payments which are made via bank transfers. Technology has invaded crime. Clearly the Somalian pirates have accomplices and co-conspirators.

Cyber-crimes as we have documented and monitored their activities online over the years  encompasses a network of individuals who are collaborating directly and indirectly by their activities and participation. These incidents are not carried out by some kid or rogue individuals – hackers. This is organized crime. Security experts and news media groups should STOP referring to these thugs as hackers.

These individuals include a web of people, i.e. politicians, investment bankers, venture capitalists, Sleazeball Attorneys, unscrupulous IT Professionals [Data Centers/Hosting Companies. Affiliates], reputable news media group, employers – masquerading as legitimate, criminal store fronts, employees and other  who have access to data management and accessibility and more importantly, our judicial system that allows frivolous complaints to be heard and Judges that seem to tolerate LIES.

To combat cyber crimes, our judicial system need to play a more vigorous and aggressive role. The Courts in it’s infinite wisdom are precluded from throwing out bogus lawsuits. However, Courts do have Judicial Discretion. Courts need to exercise judicial discretion and throw out bogus lawsuits that take up courts time and resources as these criminals see the judicial systems as safe havens.

Because law enforcement  are up against a network of bureaucratic professionals interrelated by their business practices and well financed, any threat of eradicating cyber crime rest with the Courts. Law enforcement are not adequately equip to deal with cyber-crimes. They just don’t have the resources that is required to put a dent in cyber crimes. That is why Judges and Attorneys who are officers of the Court need to take the lead. Courts need to have zero tolerance for lawsuits that are frivolous when it relates to cybercrime and clearly where the public are at risk.

Cyber crime for these individuals is INSTANT LOTTERY WEALTH; such perverse thinking is the root of cybercrime.

How pervasive has this become? Is this the new norms? In this new era of smart phones, ipads, Facebook, Google, Twitter and other technological advancements?

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Stopping Fake Reviews A Growing Problem

Yelp recent lawsuit against Timothy Caton d/b/a http://BuyOnlineReviews.net and yelphttp://BuyYelpReview.com caught got attention because we have known for a time that some consumer reviews and complaints being posted online were fake. These fake reviews and sites are all part of an on going strategy of online thugs which includes Ddos attacks.

We did a search online words of “fake Yelp Reviews” and found a ad on Digitalpoint.com looking to hire posters to post Yelp Reviews. We also included the word “fake Yelp Reviews Craigslist” and found several articles.

Yelp Posters To Hire

This is not just a Yelp problem. This is a problem for all reviews sites that encourages public comments or reviews. Unscrupulous individuals and businesses will always try to game the system and to the extent of filing frivolous lawsuits.

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August 12, 2013

Yelp Consumer Alerts: Letting You Know Before You Spend Your Dough

The world of online reviews is an incredibly influential place. Studies show that the majority of consumers (85%) rely on the internet and review sites to find local businesses and decide where to spend their hard-earned money. According to Google Analytics, an average of 108 million monthly unique visitors turned to Yelp last quarter to connect with local businesses and potentially make a spending decision, but we also know that there is an unfortunate group of businesses out there who are looking to cash in on this traffic by paying, or otherwise incentivizing, people to write fake reviews which may, in turn, mislead consumers. Which begs the question: what good are online reviews if you can’t trust their authenticity? Spoiler alert: not much good at all.

We’ve always taken the quality of content on Yelp very seriously – our automatic review algorithm, user support team and flag system work overtime to monitor the content on our site. We’ve gone to extensive measures to make sure that the consumers who come to Yelp can trust those reviews to reflect the real life experience they will have with that business.

The latest of these efforts is our Consumer Alerts program, which we launched in October 2012 and are continuing today with a new round of posted alerts. We’ve seen some pretty extreme chicanery in connection with these businesses, including people buying fake reviews, offering rewards or discounts for reviews or having a large number of reviews submitted from the same Internet Protocol (IP) address (a clue that someone may be trying to artificially inflate their rating). A Consumer Alert message with hyperlinked evidence will be posted on these business’ Yelp listings for 90 days.

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This kind of activity happens to be illegal (see what the FTC has to say about disclosing compensation for reviews here), and it’s pretty darn unethical, too.

There will always be fraudsters out there who try to game the system, but we’re doing our best to not let that ruin the value so many millions of people get from Yelp – the trust that allows 4 out of 5 Yelp users to feel confident when consulting our site before spending money at a local business. In the end, it’s up to consumers to choose a business that fits their needs, but the Consumer Alerts program is our attempt to inform them of suspicious behavior we have clearly identified.

With great power comes great responsibility. Whether you want to quote Spiderman or Voltaire on that one, wiser words have not been spoken, and you can rest easy knowing we’re holding up our end of the bargain.