Monday, January 06, 2014
So, 40,000,000 cards times $9.84 = early retirement!
Deconstructing the $9.84 Credit Card Hustle
Over the holidays, I heard from a number of readers who were seeing strange, unauthorized charges showing up on their credit and debit cards for $9.84. Many wondered whether this was the result of the Target breach; I suppose I asked for this, having repeatedly advised readers to keep a close eye on their bank statements for bogus transactions. It’s still not clear how consumers’ card numbers are being stolen here, but the fraud appears to stem from an elaborate network of affiliate schemes that stretch from Cyprus to India and the United Kingdom.
… But it is difficult to escape the conclusion that this is little more than an elaborate (and probably successful) scam set up to steal little bits of money from lots and lots of people.
By the way, this is not a new type of fraud, nor is this particular fraud a recent occurrence — although the bogus $9.84 charges do appear to have spiked around the holidays. Most of the domains involved in this scheme were registered a year ago or more, and a quick search on the amount $9.84 shows that the fraudsters responsible for this scheme have been at it since at least the first half of 2013.
I'm sure this is a bad idea. Imagine drivers trying to outdo each other. “I took 'dead man's curve' at 72 MPH. I'll bet you $100 you can't do better!”
Corvette will let owners record, share drives
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends.
The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.
Can we find the same for Android?
– provides effortless locational privacy when sharing photos. Did you know that GPS location data is stored within each photo? This invisible, uneditable geotag data is embedded into every picture and contains the exact coordinates of where the photo was taken. deGeo is a photo sharing privacy utility that removes the geotags from your photos.
My, my, my. A not so subtle dig at the Healthcare.gov. Infographic.
A Million Lines Of Code: Is It A Lot?