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Inside a Twitter ‘Pornbot’ Campaign

February 12, 2018

Flashpoint analysts recently investigated the trend of adult entertainment-themed Twitter bots known as pornbots, which post tweets with hashtags containing popular brand names alongside random, unrelated terms. The observed set of pornbots appears to be a mix of compromised accounts and accounts specifically created to advertise pornography. As such, organizations mentioned in these bots’ pornographic […]

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International Bank Robberies Leverage Adjacent Properties for Unconventional Access Routes

At a time when much of the thinking about the security of financial institutions has shifted to cyber, it is important to remember that banks worldwide still face a range of physical threats. Flashpoint analysts have observed a recent spate of bank robberies that exhibit similar tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) where the criminals leveraged […]

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Shoplifting: Defeating Theft Detection and Prevention Technology

September 14, 2017

Typically considered one of the most accessible and in many cases least-sophisticated types of crime, shoplifting persists as an undeniably damaging affliction across the retail sector. In fact, the National Retail Security Survey reported that loss of inventory cost U.S. retailers an estimated $49 billion USD in 2016, with 70 percent of the loss caused […]

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Large Protests Expected for May Day 2017

The origins of International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, stem from an 1880s Chicago-based movement by labor unions to force the adoption of eight-hour work days. May 1, 1886, is considered the first official International Workers’ Day, which included several days of protests, violent clashes with police, and heavy anarchist involvement during the […]

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