Monthly Archives: March 2012

The latest on data breaches

The 2012 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report is out.  I’d love a clarification though; what percentage of “outsider” attacks involved social engineering (including spear phishing)?

Verizon security report:
Hacktivism up, insider threats down

By InfoWorld Tech Watch
Created 2012-03-22 03:00AM

Over 855 data breaches resulting in the compromise of more than 174 million records around the world provided rich source material for the 2012 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, a highly respected analysis that includes data from the U.S. Secret Service, four other investigative agencies, and the telecom giant’s own vast trove of information.

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Private equity + foreclosure = 8%

Private Equity’s Foreclosures for Rentals Net 8%

By Edward Robinson – Mar 13, 2012
Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Ken Major climbs the steps of a county courthouse in a San Francisco suburb with $500,000 in cashier’s checks in one hand and a list of addresses in the other. Major is a buyer for Waypoint Real Estate Group LLC, an Oakland-based investment firm that’s scooping up foreclosed homes in California.

On this December afternoon, he joins a dozen house flippers as an auctioneer starts hawking the latest batch of defaulted properties to hit the market. Major bids on a three-bedroom house in Antioch, and after other buyers counter, he wins at $147,600.
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