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Celebrity Cyber Report – Run-DMC Sues Amazon.com, Walmart and Jet.com

Run-DMC (Image from Run-DMC.com)

Darryl McDaniels, one of the surviving members of the legendary 80’s hip-hop group RUN-DMC has filed suit against online retailers Amazon.com, Jet.com,Walmart and others for trademark infringement.

According to the lawsuit “The products sold by the Defendants confuse the public as to the source of the products and suggests that RUN-DMC endorses the products. The Defendants are trading on the goodwill of RUN-DMC.”

This and similar lawsuits highlights the problems that arise when online retailers allow third parties to sell products through their websites. Amazon.com recently filed a lawsuit in Washington state court to shut down the sale of counterfeit items on its site.

The scourge of counterfeit products has impacted many tech companies including Apple computer. In October Apple filed a lawsuit in Northern California claiming that nearly 90 percent of supposedly  genuine Apple products being sold on Amazon.com by a third party were fake. 

Ebay, the largest online marketplace, is also having its problems with counterfeit products. 24/7Wallstreet.com reported recently that 500,000 counterfeit products were sold to eBay customers.

Run-DMC’s lawsuit claims  the issue goes beyond third party sellers. The suit accuses Amazon.com of selling and marketing some of the fake Run-DMC items itself in addition to fulfilling orders made to its partners.

According to the complaint fake RUN-DMC products include shirts, patches, wallets, hats and glasses. “The Defendants have earned substantial revenue due to their unlawful use of Plaintiff’s trademark,” the complaint reads.

RUN-DMC was made up of Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell from Hollis, Queens New York. Mizell, also known as “Jam Master Jay,” was killed in 2002. His murder remains unsolved.

Juniper Networks Names African-American To CTO Post

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Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker was named as the Security Chief Technology Officer or CTO for Juniper Networks on November 12th.

Walker comes to Juniper from Walmart where he served as vice president and assistant Chief Information Officer or CIO. Walker has more than 25 years experience working at some of Silicon Valleys’ biggest tech companies. His former employers include Cisco, Symantec and Veritas software.

Juniper Networks designs, builds and operates corporate computer networks and provides security products and solutions for those networks. The company employs 8,800 people in 46 countries.

Walker will take on the job of guiding Juniper Development and Innovation expanding the company’s security product development. Walker will also help to lead Juniper’s security strategy both internally and externally with investors, partners, influencers and customers. 

In a press release Walker said, “Juniper Networks has always challenged conventions in the networking industry and has maintained its focus on cyber security as a core function of how it continues to innovate and transform. I am excited to apply my professional and personal passion to help guide the company in delivering technologies to customers that enable them to stay secure amid today’s evolving landscape.”

 

Online Holiday Shopping 2015 – The Death of Black Friday

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Courtesy Stuart Miles

Everyone has a story about Black Friday. Sometimes its about a great deal on a flat screen TV or a horror story about the ugly crowds and inhuman behavior. Thankfully Black Friday is dead.

More and more online retailers are offering Black Friday deals throughout the holiday season. Amazon, one of the worlds’ largest online retailers, announced it’s Black Friday Deals Store . The store is open for all Amazon customers but Amazon Prime members will get a 30 minute head start on 30,000 of Amazon’sLightning Deals.”

On of the biggest selling items during the holiday season is consumer electronics. Everyone is wishing for a giant flat screen television, laptop or tablets and other electronic goodies. Online retailer Newegg is one of many retailers killing Black Friday.

Newegg is calling this month Black November as it prepares for the holiday season war for tech dollars. Although the company has not announced specific sale details it has outlined plans to kick off deals on more than 900 products that include sales all through the month and more deals on Cyber Monday.  Retailers are jumping on the band wagon describing their holiday sales plans minus details but with promises for more specific sale information later.

America’s store, Walmart, is also offering Black Friday prices online including Apple products like the iPad Mini. The trend for many retailers is to get Black Friday deals into the stores as early as possible for as long as possible. Smart shoppers will be walking the aisles early in November and getting the same or better deals than people waiting in line at 4:00AM Friday morning. The best deals with the best selection and availability are being offered now!

Black Friday is not what many shoppers believe it to be. First of all most deals on this ugly shopping day are extremely limited in price and quantity. For example last year a major retailer advertised a Black Friday sale on a particular microwave oven for $99 when the regular price was well over $300. Thousands of people lined up all over the nation for the bargain. The harsh reality is that each store was allotted only 15 of the appliances. Consumers who read the fine details of those sales flyers will see the disclaimer “limited quantities” written in small print.

Another Black Friday deception consumers need to be aware of is the inflating of prices. Many retailers will offer products at inflated prices only to slash the price on Black Friday creating the illusion of a great deal.

Retailers are well aware that many shoppers running through their stores looking for a great deal will find something they did not come there for. Impulse buying is a big money maker and the more eyes in the store the more items will be sold.

Most of the best Black Friday sales will be found online. TheBlackFriday.com website has an extensive listing of stores and products that are selling at Black Friday prices today! Shoppers can sign up for Black Friday price alerts sent to their email.

Another website pushing early Black Friday deals is BlackFriday.com (different from the one above). This site also offers pre-Black Friday prices for products and advertisement for online sales and email alerts as well.

DealNews.com offers list of the Top 5 Best Black Friday Deals Online that is heavy with the electronics retailers but of course Walmart is among the five.

Holiday Shopping; Now you know.

Walmart Says; Trade in that Gift Card!

America’s favorite store, Walmart, is taking trade ins. Walmart has teamed up with CardCash to launch a new Walmart-branded site  that allows consumers to trade in unused, partially used or unwanted gift cards. Every year gift cards by the tens of millions are given as gifts.  African-Americas are no more guilty than anybody else when it comes to taking the easy way out when it comes to gift buying.  And yes we love Walmart.

A report from MarketResearch.com  revealed that in 2014 the U.S. prepaid and gift card transaction value was projected to reach $247 billion. An 11 percent increase over 2013.

The new Walmart website, named walmart.cardcash.com, is now  being heavily promoted on the Walmart.com website. The trade in website was activated on Christmas day and offers up to 97 percent of the value of the original gift card. The site accepts cards from over 200 different retailers. Walmart seems to be targeting Amazon.com by offering as much as 95 percent in trade-in value for their cards. Other sites, such as the Gap for example, only garner 84 percent of their original value. A site that is intended to syphon off some of Amazon’s sales would not be a surprise since Walmart offered to match Amazon’s online prices during the holiday season. The exchange rate for card trade ins will fluctuate with market conditions. Conditions that impact the exchange rate include how many cards from similar retailers are being traded in and other factors.

The new service is simple to use. The consumer enters the merchant’s name on their card and the value. The website instantly makes an offer for the card that the consumer can either accept or reject. If they accept the offer they enter the full card number, PIN and other basic customer information. Walmart then emails a Walmart e-Card that can be used online or printed out and used at a local store.

There’s no minimum balance requirement so consumers can even exchange cards that have been used but still have a balance remaining on them.

Breaking It Down

Walmart did not get as big as they are without some smarts. It is obvious that they are fighting back against the big online retailers; think Amazon.com. But they also know that every year millions of gift cards go unused. In 2012 alone $2 billion dollars in gift cards went un-redeemed. Yeah, that’s billion with a capitol B! Walmart decided they wanted some of that easy cash floating around out there and this is how they decided to do it. As for the consumer how can you lose on this deal? What doesn’t Walmart have? And how often are you in the store? And how long have you had that $10 Jamba Juice gift card sitting in your wallet? Not much longer if Walmart can help it.

ALERT! Order Confirmation Scam ALERT!

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Courtesy of Stuart Miles

Order confirmations scams are exploding all over the Internet this holiday season. Ask anybody that works for UPS, FedEx or the USPS and they will tell you this time of year is the busiest there is for them. And for many people this time of year is when you send or receive the most packages. And that is the sweet spot for this holiday scam.

Scammers are sending out phony order and delivery confirmation emails by the millions to people everyday. Many people, knowing they have sent or are expecting a package, do something they would not normally do. They let their guard down and click on that link or the attachment. They may never discover, or find out too late, that they have given up control of their computer or their identities. The links or attachments install malware on the victim’s computer capable of stealing passwords for email or banking websites. Or the malware turns their computer into a zombie on somebody’s bot net. If you are really unlucky you could end up with a CryptoLocker malware.

Seasonal scams like this one return year after year because the method of tricking you is so successful. Crooks are catching people off-guard during the holidays because so many packages are being sent and received. And they use exact email replicas of delivery services and reliable shopping websites like Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com and Target.com. People are so intensely focused on making sure their orders arrive before Christmas that they forget the Cardinal rule of the Internet; trust no one. Most confirmation emails do not require you to click on anything to get the tracking number. It is right there in the email where you can see it.

Malcovery, a company that tracks email-based malware attacks, reported these phony “order confirmation” scams began around Thanksgiving. The emails use booby-trapped links and attached files to infect Windows PCs with the malware that powers the Asprox spam botnet. Apple computers seem unaffected.

The Asprox malware is a Trojan that steals email user names and other passwords from infected machines.  This type of malware runs in the background and you may not be aware of what your computer is doing. It also can infect your friends computer and perpetuate even more Asprox malware attacks. If you are infected Asprox can also use your computer to attack other websites.

Malcovery.com points out that the Asprox spam uses some tricky subject lines such as “Acknowledgment of Order,” “Order Confirmation,” “Order Status,” “Thank you for buying from [insert merchant name here]”, and a “Thank you for your order.”

Be alert to these tricks. Should you receive an email from an online or brick and mortar store you do business with and it has a legitimate looking logo and it references an order, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK OR ATTACHMENT! Instead, open up another web browser window and visit the merchant site using the web address you are familar with.  Sign in with your own user name and password and check the status of your order. All that information should be there including order issues, your order number, tracking number and expected date of delivery date and who is delivering the package and other information specific to your transaction.  Remember trust no one! Use your own information to research your order. If there is a problem you will discover it.  And remind all your friends and relatives of this scam. Remember; friends don’t let friends play the fool online!

Here are few more tips to spot and fight order confirmation scams;

  • Print a copy of your order confirmation. Highlight all the relevant information and compare it to any email you get.
  • The scam email may be fairly generic not using your name or any information that is familiar to you.  Examine it carefully.
  • Hover you cursor over any links and examine the web address that appears. Make sure it is taking you where you want to go. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CLICK ON THE LINK!
  • Examine any attachment and look for “.exe”, or a double extension like “exe.pdf.” That could be a dangerous crypto malware.
  • Don’t trust any email just because it has a familiar logo or trademark.
  • Keep good records! What to did you buy and from whom? Who did you send it to? Call the person and let them know its coming, the tracking number and who is delivering it. And ask them to let you know what to expect with the same details.
  • Never click on links or attachments. Use your own information to research a problem with your order.
  • Never pay for delivery of something you did not order or were not expecting.
  • Never give personal information over the phone to someone who calls claming to have some thing to deliver to you.
  • Its the Internet; trust no one.

Now you know

See FedEx Fraudulent Email Alert

See UPS Fraudulent Email Alert