Saturday, December 30, 2017

So that’s what a Nigerian Prince looks like!

Nigerian prince’ email scammer arrested in Slidell

A 67-year-old Slidell man who served as a go-between for an international team of scammers running a “Nigerian prince” email scheme has been arrested after an 18-month investigation.
Michael Neu, who is neither Nigerian nor a prince, has been charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering.
Neu helped shuttle fraudulently obtained money to his co-conspirators, some of whom actually do live in Nigeria, according to the Slidell Police Department.
The ubiquitous scheme, which begins when an email is sent to an unsuspecting recipient the scammers claim has been named as the beneficiary in a will, is designed to collect personal information that is then used to steal money and identities online.

There is some good stuff here. Not everyone responds this way.
Jason’s Deli ( is a family owned business known for high-quality food and catering services for over 40 years. It is headquartered in Texas and operates or franchises 266 restaurants in 28 states, with a reputation for award-winning quality and a strong relationship with our customers.
On Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, our company was notified by payment processors – the organizations that manage the electronic connections between Jason’s Deli locations and payment card issuers – that MasterCard security personnel had informed it that a large quantity of payment card information had appeared for sale on the “dark web,” and that an analysis of the data indicated that at least a portion of the data may have come from various Jason’s Deli locations.
Jason’s Deli’s management immediately activated our response plan, [No one mentions that they actually have a plan, perhaps because they do not? Bob] including engagement of a leading threat response team, involvement of other forensic experts, and cooperation with law enforcement. Among the questions that investigators are working to determine is whether in fact a breach took place, and if so, to determine its scope, the method employed, and whether there is any continuing breach or vulnerability.
… Customers or financial institutions with any questions should contact or 409-838-1976.
… We appreciate the dedication of our employees and others who are working during their Christmas break to respond to this matter and protect our customers, and we thank them and their families for their sacrifice. Most importantly, we appreciate the trust our customers place in us, and we regret any inconvenience that some may experience, especially during the holidays. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Nice of them to thank the employees like that.
If this is confirmed as a breach of their system, this would not be the first time. In September, 2010, this site reported on a malware incident involving them.

A couple are new to me! But then, I haven’t taught websites in years.
… The best thing about online HTML editors is that they run directly in your web browser. Your web browser is the best and most relevant tool for processing and rendering HTML code. That is, after all, its entire purpose and reason for being.
Which means that your web browser is best-equipped for real-time previews of HTML. When you write web markup in a standalone editor like Notepad or TextEdit, you have to save changes to a file, then load the file in your web browser, then review it, then switch back to the editor for more changes, rinse and repeat. It’s a clunky and cumbersome process.
An online HTML editor can dynamically refresh itself as you write and change the markup. There is no need to flip back and forth between windows. You tweak the HTML on one side, the changes automatically occur on the other side.

Be careful what you Tweet for. If you make Jeff Bezos angry, he may initiate a hostile takeover bid for the Post Office.
Cheap Amazon shipping leaves the Postal Service ‘dumber and poorer,’ Trump says
President Trump on Friday called for the U.S. Postal Service to raise the shipping rates that it charges, the online retailer, in a deal that he said disadvantages the federal agency.
… It's just the latest in a series of digs by the president at Amazon, whose chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns The Washington Post.

Coming soon to a supermarket near you?
Kroger’s mobile scanning tech will cut checkout lines in 2018
Kroger plans to expand use of technology that enables customers to scan products as they’re put into the shopping cart, eliminating the need to stand in traditional checkout lines.
… The customer then pays at a self-checkout destination, greatly reducing the wait time since the items have already been scanned (and potentially bagged).

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