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2 weeks ago

Security and Risk Online: Fake Retail Apps Are Surging Before Holidays

Hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks — just in time to deceive holiday shoppers.

 

The counterfeiters have masqueraded as retail chains like Dollar Tree and Foot Locker, big department stores like Dillard’s and Nordstrom, online product bazaars like Zappos.com and Polyvore, and luxury-goods makers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo.

 

“We’re seeing a barrage of fake apps,” said Chris Mason, chief executive of Branding Brand, a Pittsburgh company that helps retailers build and maintain apps. He said his company constantly tracks new shopping apps, and this was the first time it had seen so many counterfeit iPhone apps emerge in a short period of time.

 

Some of them appeared to be relatively harmless — essentially junk apps that served up annoying pop-up ads, he said.

 

But there are serious risks to using a fake app. Entering credit card information opens a customer to potential financial fraud. Some fake apps contain malware that can steal personal information or even lock the phone until the user pays a ransom. And some fakes encourage users to log in using their Facebook credentials, potentially exposing sensitive personal information.

 

The rogue apps, most of which came from developers in China, slipped through Apple’s process for reviewing every app before it is published.

 

That scrutiny, which Apple markets as an advantage over Google’s less restrictive Android smartphone platform, is supposed to stop any software that is deceitful, that improperly uses another company’s intellectual property or that poses harm to consumers.

 

In practice, however, Apple focuses more on blocking malicious software and does not routinely examine the thousands of apps submitted to the iTunes store every day to see if they are legitimately associated with the brand names listed on them.

 

With apps becoming more popular as a way to shop, it is up to brands and developers themselves to watch for fakes and report them, much as they scan for fake websites, said Ben Reubenstein, chief executive of Possible Mobile, a Denver company that makes apps for JetBlue Airways, the PGA Tour and the Pokémon Company, among others.

 

“It’s important that brands monitor how their name is being used,” he said.

 

Apple removed hundreds of fake apps on Thursday night after The New York Times inquired about the specific app vendors that created many of them. Other apps were removed after a New York Post article last week drew attention to some of the counterfeits.

 

“We strive to offer customers the best experience possible, and we take their security very seriously,” said an Apple spokesman, Tom Neumayr. “We’ve set up ways for customers and developers to flag fraudulent or suspicious apps, which we promptly investigate to ensure the App Store is safe and secure. We’ve removed these offending apps and will continue to be vigilant about looking for apps that might put our users at risk.”

 

In September, Apple also embarked on a campaign to review all two million apps in the App Store and remove “apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines or are outdated.” The company says that a significant number of apps have been removed and that the review is continuing.

 

Despite Apple’s efforts, new fake apps appear every day. In some cases, developers change the content of an app after it has been approved by Apple’s monitors. In other instances, the counterfeiters change their names and credentials, and resubmit similar apps after one round of fakes is discovered.

2 months ago

Moss Adams Business Consultants: Public Company Audits

Independent perspective for your audit committee—whether you’re preparing an IPO or maintaining your compliance.

INDEPENDENT PERSPECTIVE

Moss Adams is the independent auditor of record for public companies across industries—including entities with market capitalizations exceeding $3 billion as well as those working to register their equity and debt securities with the SEC.

Our dedicated partners and professionals are well qualified to address the full spectrum of your accounting and regulatory reporting requirements, and five of them have completed two-year terms as SEC Professional Accounting Fellows in Washington, DC. This direct involvement with the SEC and relevant committees—namely, the SEC Regulations Committee and Center for Audit Quality committees—provide us with extensive insight that we’ll put to direct use when we conduct your audit.

As your independent auditors, we’ll work directly with your audit committee and management team to develop a detailed and efficient audit plan that will provide an objective and independent perspective in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. To do this, we assemble an integrated audit team made up of accountants, corporate finance professionals, tax advisors, technology consultants, and professionals fluent in your industry, drawing on their individual expertise so we can deliver an audit solution that’s tailored to your organization and its particular needs.

With offices throughout the Western United States and support from Praxity AISBL, our international alliance of independent accounting firms, we’re equipped to handle your multistate and international business needs with ease. And the breadth of services we provide to public companies means we’ll be able to step in quickly and effectively to help your organization in other ways, including:

•    Private debt and equity offerings
•    Mergers and acquisitions
•    Valuations
•    Reorganizations
•    Consolidations
•    Leveraged capitalizations
•    Divestitures and disposals
•    Management buyouts
•    Leveraged buyouts
•    Corporate governance consulting
•    Outsourced internal audits

Moss Adams is registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), which oversees audit services provided by CPA firms to SEC issuers and broker-dealers. Read our most recent PCAOB inspection report.

Contact us today to learn more about our public company assurance services or arrange a complimentary consultation.

2 months ago

Pacific Associates Limited Minato-ku Tokyo Japan: Our Business

About Pacific Associates Limited

The business methodology of Pacific Associates Limited is quite simple. We conduct face-to-face consultations with each candidate and then introduce excellent companies with the best matched positions to these talented candidates. We value our candidates and client companies and this attitude naturally leads to the best conclusions.

PAL is always in favor of talented candidates as these relationships are one of the greatest assets of the company. We know that our job can have a great impact on the lives of many people. Although client companies are also important to us, candidates with special skills, expertise and great personalities are rare in this industry. We do not just pick candidates from our contact list, we carefully choose them, fully utilizing our expertise and extensive experience in the recruiting business. We value and focus on our candidates and at the end of the day are successful in placing highly qualified professionals to our valued client companies.

PAL strongly believes that the consulting is the most important step in the recruiting business more so than any other recruiting company. We handle each and every case with sincerity and care. We are willing to takes months to foster trust with candidates, always staying in close contact, because we know that we are helping people to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

Not many Japanese business people are accustomed to job change, and usually they need good advice about how to find new positions and which positions can advance their career. We are determined to make every effort to support our candidates and bring about changes for the better.

About Clients

90% are foreign-capitalized companies

90% of our clients are capitalized either in the United States, Europe, India, or China. The remaining 10% are Japanese companies with good spirits of entrepreneurship. We have more than 100 clients including small business firms and large-scale enterprises with thousands of employees in pharmaceutical, technology and many other industries. They are all engaging our services to find highly-motivated personnel who want to continuously develop their skills and make great contributions to their employers.

Our service is focused on mid-carrier recruiting. We introduce candidates from their twenties to sixties to positions such as managers, doctors, regional executives, sales reps and engineers. Although not many female workers change their jobs for career improvement, approximately one third of our successful engagements involve mid-carrier recruiting of female candidates. We take pride in making contributions to the career improvement of female workers.

Besides the pharmaceutical and technology industries, we welcome candidates active in financial, bookkeeping, accounting, human resources and legal industries. With excellent achievements in your business field, you have a good chance of finding rewarding positions through PAL regardless of your industry.

3 months ago

Fraud Labs Pro: How to Automatically Reject the High Risks Order?

Fraud Labs Pro Fraud Detection – Sometimes you may want to automatically reject the orders that, based on your previous experiences, tend to be fraudulent orders. This could save your precious time by removing the number of orders that you need to review.

1.       Login to the FraudLabs Pro Merchant Control Panel.

2.       Click on the Rules menu.

3.       Add the rule that you are confident will flag a fraudulent order based on your experiences. For example, Credit Card BIN not exist in our record.

4.       Select the Reject action.

5.       Click on the Save button.

FraudLabs Pro helps merchants to protect their online stores from malicious fraudsters. It screens all orders transacted using credit cards, PayPal, and so on for online frauds (also known as payment frauds or CNP frauds). As a result, it increases e-commerce merchant profits by reducing chargeback, improving operation efficiency and increasing revenue. Merchants can investigate all complex, high-risk orders in a simple way by using merchant administrative interface.

8 months ago

Specializes in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology by Richard Isaacs MD

The head and the neck are two body parts we rarely give so much thought to; ironically it seems, for the mind finds its home right at the top of the first which, in turn, is supported by the second. Obviously, it is only when we feel pain on these parts that we think of them as ever providing us vital functions without which we would not exist at all or, at least, lead normal lives.

 

The neck bones and the skull which are connected to each other provide the structure for the two organs to function and to interrelate. Aside from providing support, the neck contains vital parts which allow us to breathe, use language, to sing, to ingest food, to rotate the head and to allow passage for electrical energy and biochemical substances which complete the entire bodily system necessary for human life.

 

As well, the head contains the brain and all the basic senses we utilize to function as intelligent living beings. Except for the heart and lungs which provide essential functions for the brain to function well, the brain can be said to be the prime motor which allows the whole body to accomplish all that it was designed to do fundamentally or achieve potentially. Intellectual genius and athletic prowess would not at all be possible without the brain, supported by all other faculties and organs, doing a big part of the work.

 

Together, the head and neck form a formidable pair which often requires serious medical attention because of damage or diseases.  Some of the more or less serious conditions which beset this pair which require surgery are the following:

    

1. Tumors or cancers

2. Benign and malignant disease of the thyroid

3. Benign masses of the head and neck

 

 

The following procedures are taken to address the above and other conditions as well:

 

1. Anterior and Lateral Skull Base surgery

2. Diagnosis of head and neck cancers through endoscopy and laryngeal videostroboscopy

3. Use of laser resection of head and neck malignancies

4. Treatment of all head and neck skin cancers, such as carcinoma and melanoma

5. Microvascular Free-Tissue Transfer Reconstruction

6. Medical and Surgical Treatment of Thyroid and Parathyroid masses/disorders

 

Dr. Isaacs possesses broad experience and know-how in handling these medical conditions. He has Advanced Certification in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, making him one of the best practitioners available for patients suffering the said problems. When it is about the head and neck, leave it to Dr. Rich to think and worry about as he has a way of helping your needs with professional medical care. At the least, he will take much of the burden of thinking how to resolve your problem medically. That can certainly remove a lot of pressure and worry from your own mind to begin with.

10 months ago

Mossack Fonseca Careers

Mossack Fonseca Careers

Our worldwide offices embrace and encourage an international community of professionals. Our daily work with clients from more than 105 countries allows us to understand the meaning of a multicultural workspace.

Reputation

We have a reputation of efficiency and great service that we pride ourselves on. We are driven to be the best in a job that must be diligently executed every day. A good reputation is not given; it is earned in the work place every day.

Empowerment

The world is not short of good ideas, but of people who are willing to make them real. The opportunity to create and lead has shown great success amongst our staff. Not only do we feel the desire to take leadership, we give them the tools and liberty to do so.

Challenging

We actively seek individuals that want to add value and succeed. Our group favors aspiring leaders who want to work with the very best in a positive atmosphere where healthy competition is promoted.

If you are interested in becoming part of the team please submit your curriculum below. Thank you for your interest in Mossack Fonseca.

11 months ago

Facts you need to know about orthopedics by Howard Marans MD

Are you familiar with Nicolas Andry? Arthroscopy? Or Prosthesis? Perhaps most of you aren’t. Those are some of the basic terms in orthopedics, and if you’re going to finish this article, you’ll be able to obtain a bountiful of knowledge about this particular field of medicine.

Let’s begin with Nicolas Andry. He played a major role in the early history of orthopedics. He was the first one to introduce the word ‘orthopedia’ in 1741, in his book Orthopaedia, or the art of preventing and correcting deformities in children. The terminology Nicolas used were derived from two Greek words; orthos, meaning straight and pais, meaning child.

 

Great developments were seen in this specific branch of medicine and after a long period of time, orthopedics is not only about children.

Orthopedics focuses on the diseases and injuries of the bones or muscles. If a bone is broken, it would develop new growth in order to correct the fracture and fill in any areas from which bone is removed, since bone is a living and functioning part of the body.

For that reason, a bone that’s deformed from birth can be operated, cut, braced, or treated to generate a normal form. If a broken bone is held in alignment, it will heal without any physical deformity.

 

History

Even in the prehistoric ages, humans have had to deal with broken or deformed bones. It’s evident in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that people wrapped and braced a limb in order to heal normally.

Wars are common during those times and it happened on a much larger scale. The soldiers also used more competent weapons. This result in fractures and other bone injuries to become more prevalent.

Interestingly, advances in orthopedics made a great uproar in the field of medicine as surgeons shortly invented simple prosthesis to replace limbs that were amputated because of a grave wound.

 

Orthopedists in the earlier times were very committed in their field. It’s no doubt that their legacy remained into our modern orthopedists. Birth defects such as scoliosis and clubfoot have also been the main concern of the former orthopedists. But it doesn’t stop there, those physicians also included within their specialty the dislocations, fractures, and trauma to the spine and skeleton. Orthopedics had been a physical specialty for several years.

After manipulating bones and joints to restore alignment, orthopedists including Dr. Howard Marans will apply casts or braces to maintain its structure while waiting for it to heal. While the fracture heals on its own, the patient is advised to be more comfortable as possible to avoid further injuries. However, in some cases, the healing process was incomplete and affect the patient with a lifetime handicap that can make walking or bending difficult.