Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hackers will read this looking for tips & tricks.
How North Korean hackers became the world’s greatest bank robbers
The Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s equivalent to the CIA, has trained up the world’s greatest bank-robbing crews. In just the past few years, RGB hackers have struck more than 100 banks and cryptocurrency exchanges around the world, pilfering more than $650 million. That we know of.
… These thieves also have one distinct advantage over other syndicates: They are absolutely confident that they’ll never be charged. So it goes when your own country sponsors your criminal mischief.

Interesting but inconclusive.
Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate
… Spread over five floors, hundreds of men and women sit in rows of six scanning their computer screens. All have signed nondisclosure agreements. Four trauma specialists are at their disposal seven days a week.
They are the agents of Facebook. And they have the power to decide what is free speech and what is hate speech.
This is a deletion center, one of Facebook’s largest, with more than 1,200 content moderators. They are cleaning up content — from terrorist propaganda to Nazi symbols to child abuse — that violates the law or the company’s community standards.

This could be useful.
My Data Request’ lists guides to get data about you
GDPR is right around the corner, so it’s time to prepare your personal data requests. If you live in the European Union, tech companies have to comply with personal data requests after May 25th. And there’s a handy website that helps you do just that.
My Data Request lists dozens of tech companies and tells you how you can contact them. The website also links to the privacy policy of each service and tells you what to do even if you don’t live in the EU.
Some companies, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Tinder and Snapchat have made that easy as they have created a page on their website to download a zip archive with all your personal data.
… For most companies (including Amazon), you’ll have to email them yourself. My Data Request has created handy email templates. You just have to copy the message, put your name and contact information and send the email. The email addresses are listed on My Data Request’s site too.

Perspective. Will Chatbots need to be customized for each industry/company? Possibly. Will I have to remember dozens of different names to get anything done? (Or will there be an App for that?)
Bank of America debuts its AI-powered assistant, Erica
Bank of America on Friday officially introduced Erica, an AI-powered virtual assistant for its 25 million mobile customers.
Erica, which Bank of America began rolling out to customers in March, can help people conduct banking via voice commands, text or with gestures from within the Bank of America app. She can currently help customers with a variety of tasks:
  • Searching for past transactions, such as checks written or shopping activity
  • Accessing key information, such as routing numbers or the closest ATM
  • Scheduling face-to-face meetings at a Bank of America financial center
  • Viewing bills and scheduling payments
  • Locking and unlocking debit cards
  • Transferring money between accounts or sending money to friends with Zelle

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