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Posted September 9, 2015


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Insurance adjusters and examiners are now routinely using metadata to determine whether the insured’s representations regarding the facts of a claim are true or false. Metadata can be used in connection with all types of property and casualty claims, including personal property and structure losses, and material or physical damage losses on automobile policies, such as owner give-ups, total theft, and fraudulent casualty on any personal lines and commercial property policy.

Property Casualty 360

Financial Services

“The Carbanak banking trojan was spotted once again in attacks on financial institutions and businesses across the globe, as CSIS is reporting. Carbanak, also known as Anunak, was previously discovered and analyzed by Russian-based Kaspersky Lab security firm, in February 2015.”


Legal and Regulations

“In recent weeks, scammers have been using messaging apps to transmit spam messages that promote penny or “microcap” stocks. Recently, WhatsApp users were flooded with text messages touting Avra, Inc. (OTC: AVRN). The messages appeared to be sent from individuals at well-known brokerage firms. Using only a first name (“Hi it’s Will at XYZ firm…”), the text would talk up the stock. One message claimed AVRN was “going to double in the next few days.” Another said it “is going up 300% next week.””


Law Enforcement

“The Justice Department says it will beef up legal requirements for using cell-site simulators, an increasingly controversial form of surveillance technology that secretly gathers data about mobile devices. Under the new policy, federal investigators will be required to get a warrant from a judge demonstrating probable cause, in most domestic criminal probes. Agents will need to explain to judges how the technology is being used. And they’ll be directed to destroy volumes of bystanders’ data “no less than once daily.””



“Hackers today claimed to have taken down the National Crime Agency website in revenge for the arrest of several people allegedly involved in internet attacks. The site was inaccessible for some time and a Twitter account known as Lizard Squad claimed responsibility.”

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