Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sources and uses of funds is a useful intelligence tool.
Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system
Documents and computer files released by hackers provide a blueprint for how the U.S. National Security Agency likely used weaknesses in commercially available software to gain access to the global system for transferring money between banks, a review of the data showed.
   Belgium-based SWIFT on Friday downplayed the risk of attacks employing the code released by hackers and said it had no evidence that the main SWIFT network had ever been accessed without authorization.
It was possible that the local messaging systems of some SWIFT client banks had been breached, SWIFT said in a statement, which did not specifically mention the NSA.
Because tracking sources of terrorist financing and money flows among criminal groups is a high priority, SWIFT transfers would be a natural espionage target for many national intelligence agencies.

Does the IRS have the right to release any tax return?  
Privacy group sues IRS for not disclosing Trump's taxes
A privacy group is suing the IRS for not disclosing President Trump's tax returns. 
   In a FOIA request dated March 29, EPIC called on the IRS to release Trump's tax returns from 2010 onward in an effort to find out if the president has any financial ties to Russia. 

Easier than using AI.
Princeton’s Ad-Blocking Superweapon May Put an End to the Ad-Blocking Arms Race
   The ad blocker they've created is lightweight, evaded anti ad-blocking scripts on 50 out of the 50 websites it was tested on, and can block Facebook ads that were previously unblockable.
   The Federal Trade Commission regulations require advertisements to be clearly labeled so that a human can recognize them, which has created a built-in advantage for consumers and, now, ad blockers.  The team used several computer vision techniques to detect ads the same way that a human would, which they call "perceptual ad blocking."  Because advertisers must comply with these regulations, the authors imagine an "end game" in which consumers—and ad blockers—ultimately win.

Because we should know what we’re talking about.

Has it truly come to this?  
A Guide to Social Media Customer Care (Infographic)
Customer service can make or break your business.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure your company is providing the best experiences for its customers.  And a great way to do this is through social media.
Today, many consumers take to social media to express their views about a brand or seek help about a company’s product or service.  When someone publicly tweets about a brand or writes on its Facebook page, the company is put to the test.  How it responds and handles the situation will impact how people view the business.

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