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RSA Panel - The Loophole: Federal Crimes Not Being Addressed

RSA Panel – The Loophole: Federal Crimes Not Being Addressed

On Thursday, February 28, day four of RSA Conference, people congregated at the panel The Loophole: Federal Crimes Not Being Addressed. The panel featured business professionals and academics with expertise in technology, copyright issues, and censorship law. Moderated by Impermium CEO, Mark Risher, the panel used several real-life examples to illustrate the grey area faced by...
Who's Accountable for Illegal Online Content?

Who’s Accountable for Illegal Online Content?

There’s a category of malicious and illegal activities happening every day on the Internet, yet unclear regulations and technical limitations leave site owners in a grey area regarding liability. In The Loophole, a panel of experts will take part in a heated debate surrounding these issues, covering what content is covered, who is responsible, where...
This Week in Cybersecurity - Headlines & Highlights

This Week in Cybersecurity – Headlines & Highlights

It seems like every week is an eventful week in cybersecurity, and this week didn’t fall short of company data breaches, celebrity hackings, and government executive orders. In case you missed any of the big news stories this week, we’ve highlighted and summarized a few for your reading pleasure.   U.S. is the Target Of...
Stop Social Spam Webinar: Emerging Online Threats & How to Prevent Them

Stop Social Spam Webinar: Emerging Online Threats & How to Prevent Them

Last week, Impermium partnered with TeleSign to present our first webinar, Stop Social Spam. During the discussion, Impermium CEO, Mark Risher and TeleSign VP, Forrest Hobbs gave their expertise surrounding internet security threats, particularly the dangers of social spam and online fraud. As discussed more thoroughly in our white paper, Stop Social Spam and Fraud...
Prevent Social Spam and Fraud From Sabotaging Your Brand

Prevent Social Spam and Fraud From Sabotaging Your Brand

Social spam continues to proliferate social networks and media sites, exposing users to malicious and dangerous content, but many people foolishly don’t believe it’s a big problem.  The truth is, social spam is hugely problematic – and becoming even more so. It’s not just an issue for website users, but also for online companies, who experience...
Locking the Front Door

Locking the Front Door

The mass creation of bogus accounts on social media sites is a serious problem. Even with millions of dollars being spent on our site-integrity systems and hundreds of full-time employees dedicated to preventing social spam, keeping fraudsters and spammers at bay is a massive challenge for even the largest networks. Facebook estimates that 8.7 percent of...
Kaggle Competition Helps Impermium Detect Insults in Social Commentary

Kaggle Competition Helps Impermium Detect Insults in Social Commentary

In early August, Impermium launched a $10,000 competition on Kaggle, a platform for big data analytics. Because the field of social spam is so new, and attackers are continuously evolving their techniques, Impermium needed to reach the world’s preeminent computer scientists for this novel problem. The contest’s goal was to identify new ways to defend...
Internet Trolls Ready to “Move On” Post-Election

Internet Trolls Ready to “Move On” Post-Election

In the lead-up to the election, insults and hate reached a fever pitch, particularly surrounding high-profile events, such as Hurricane Sandy and the presidential debates.  In one example, Impermium researchers discovered one troller that posted over 6,600 messages in 15 days, to just a few articles.  In the 24-hours post-election, aside from a brief barrage...