Ecommerce and Social Media: Shopping In The Cloud
By 2018, retail ecommerce will reach nearly $2.5 trillion worldwide, according
to eMarketer's forecasts. Currently, China tops the ecommerce markets, followed
closely by the US, the UK taking a distant third. With over 60% of consumers
researching products online before making purchase decisions it's no wonder
online sales are climbing and unsurprising that ecommerce retailers are doing
their best to make purchases happen online. In 2014, Social media sites with the
highest influence include Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter - with peak volumes
of traffic in that order. Facebook dominated the realm last year sending 60% of
all ecommerce referrals. Thanks to its broad accessibility and user-reliance,
social media's influence on ecommerce continues to rocket, and Shopify's
analysis of 37 million social media visits resulting in 529,000 orders further
illuminates this power. In 2015 it's predicted that over 5% of online spend will
be directed from social media sites.
Next-Gen Cybersecurity Is All About Behavior Recognition
Rather than focusing on stopping cybercriminals with walls, new technologies are
emerging that work to identify cybercriminals instead. Take the relatively new
startup BioCatch. BioCatch's technology works to identify patterns of user
behavior in certain applications, creating user profiles that can then be
matched to subsequent visits. This new technology uses atypical variations in
parameters, like typing speed, mouse movement, keyboard strokes, tapping force
and swipe patterns instead of geographical location. Take this practical
example: After a few logins, this system will learn that you tend to browse
slowly, tap icons hard and type at an average speed. If someone gets ahold of
your login information and browses quickly, with fast typing speed and weak
"taps," the system will trigger a fraudulent use, and your hacker will be forced
to provide further authenticating details (or, more likely, give up the effort).
Similar technology, focused on positively identifying people based on behaviors
and biometric signatures, is beginning to emerge from other companies, as well.
There are some weaknesses, however, as human behavior isn't always consistent;
these systems could trigger false positives and potentially lock people out of
their own accounts. They also do nothing to ensure first-line security, such as
protecting passwords from leaking in the first place.
Many of J.C. Penney's web customers pick up orders
Wal-Mart Credits In-House E-Commerce Platform With
Contributing to Online Sales
Mobile ATM access on the rise
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate
from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine, CFI, CFCI
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
Stockton, CA: Three arrested in Target REDcard fraud scheme; over 1000 victims
Three Stockton residents were arrested Monday in connection to Target REDcard
account fraud and identity theft between March 2014 and September 2014; six
other defendants in the case are still at large. Thongchone Vongdeng, 35, and
Jaffrey Brown, 31, were arrested in Stockton and Somaly Siv, 29, was arrested in
Reno, Nev., for stealing personal information from at least 1,000 victims and
creating unauthorized Target credit cards, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner's
Office said. According to the indictment, the suspects used the credit cards to
buy electronics, prepaid gift cards and other goods at Target stores throughout
the Sacramento area and other locations in Northern California. The suspects
created more than 300 counterfeit credit card account numbers to use or sell,
the indictment said.
Daytona Beach, FL: Serial Shoplifter has hit Target at least 5 times, now on
Dayton Beach Police 'Most Wanted' Police are looking for a man
suspected of shoplifting from a local Target on at least five separate
occasions. The department recently added Troy Edward Mixon, a 25-year-old Ormond
Beach man, to its most-wanted list and issued a "be on the lookout" alert for
OR: Woman accused of taking $7K in beauty supplies from Safeway in Bend and
Redmond Prosecutors say a woman has been stealing thousands of dollars
in health and beauty supplies from Safeway grocery stores in Deschutes County.
Jessica Lynn Jensen is facing a 30 count grand jury indictment. Deschutes Co.
District Attorney John Hummel says that investigators from Safeway Loss
Prevention started looking into the case after discovering multiple thefts from
stores in Bend and Redmond. Jensen was identified as the suspect. She was
stealing primarily health and beauty supplies. According to the DA, she stole
about $7,500 and was selling the items on eBay and Craigslist.
Chicago, IL: $2,252 in Maui Jim sunglasses stolen from Northbrook Court store
A Northbrook Court store representative reported Aug. 17 that a security camera
shows a man stealing eight pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses, worth a total of
$2,252. The store rep said that his description matched the description of the
perpetrator of similar thefts at other stores in Gurnee and Vernon Hills.
Orlando, FL: 9 Bahamas Residents Arrested In Florida For Wal-Mart Theft
POLICE officers in the Orlando, Florida area arrested eight juveniles and one
adult - who are from The Bahamas - last week after they were caught allegedly
stealing clothing from a Wal-Mart. The group was "allegedly caught sneaking out
of a Clermont Wal-Mart with duffel bags full of men's clothing, valued at $422.
San Angelo, TX: Kleptomaniac Sentenced on Eighth Theft Charge
Bobby Shirley had already been banned from HEB for stealing DVDs when he went
into Walmart on Aug. 8, 2014, and stole an assortment of random items to include
bananas, hair removal wax, Fritos and two pillows. On Monday, Aug. 17, the
66-year-old repeat offender went before judge and jury again in Tom Green
County, this time on his eighth theft charge since 1976.
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Angeles, CA: Shots Fired During Armed Robbery of Century City Rolex Store; LAPD
Searching for 2 Men Shots were fired inside a Rolex store at an
outdoor mall in Century City during an armed robbery Monday, and police were
searching for two men who got away, according to LAPD. Officers were called to a
report of an armed robbery at the luxury watch store, where shots were reported
fired, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. A shot may have been fired to get
attention in the store, according to Madison. No one appeared to be injured.
Houston, TX: Pawn shop robbery leaves one suspect dead One suspect is
dead, two are in custody and another is still on the run after a wild shootout
between robbers and the owner of Diamond Pawn. At about 12:20pm Monday, Police
say the owner of the store, who has a concealed handgun license, began firing at
them as soon as they pulled their weapons and began firing at him. There were
customers inside and outside the store. At least two of them were hit in the
hail of gunfire.
FL: New Video Shows Shooting in Aventura Mall Parking Garage New video
has been released of a police-involved shooting that happened in the parking
garage of a busy South Florida mall on May 13. Dashcam video from an Aventura
Police officer's patrol vehicle captured officers pursuing the suspect in a
stolen sedan, when he crashed and the officers were forced to fire. That
suspect, who was struck in the arm, is now awaiting trial. The scene looked like
something out of a Hollywood movie but the danger was real with civilian
shoppers in the Aventura Mall parking garage.
Las Vegas, NV: Roads reopen near Fashion Show Mall after Suspicious Package
inside Neiman Marcus An investigation into a suspicious package
prompted officials to shut down traffic near a popular Las Vegas Strip
destination early Tuesday morning. According to Las Vegas Metro police, about
3:25 a.m. a loss-prevention officer reported an abandoned backpack inside a
bathroom at the Neiman Marcus store in Fashion Show Mall, at the intersection of
Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road. Officials closed nearby streets to
traffic while they investigated. By 7 a.m., most emergency vehicles had left the
scene and nearby roads were reopened to traffic. Police said an armored unit
responded and determined the backpack was not a threat.
VA: Grocery store tussle prompts Kroger investigation Kroger is
launching an investigation after video surfaces of loss prevention officers
attempting to detain an alleged shoplifter outside the Kroger on Lombardy
Street. People on scene claim it was all over a bag of potato chips. Kroger
released the following statement: "The male in contact with the alleged
shoplifter and the female in the purple shirt are part of our loss prevention
unit. The safety of our customers and associates is our highest priority. While
the incident at our Lombardy Street location was an isolated situation, we take
it very seriously and are investigating. This incident is not a reflection of
our company's security procedures."
Colorado Springs, CO: 2 held in Armed Robbery at Macy's in the Chapel Hill Mall
Two people were detained Monday afternoon after a robbery at Macy's in northern
Colorado Springs. At least one of the people told employees he had a gun during
the robbery, which happened shortly before 3 p.m. at Macy's in the Chapel Hills
Mall near Briargate and Academy boulevards, said Colorado Springs police Sgt.
Rob Kelley. No one was injured in the robbery, and it was not immediately clear
whether any money was taken.
Tulsa, OK: Three cell phone store burglaries, Police investigating whether they
are linked Right now the Tulsa Police Department is investigating a
series of cell phone store burglaries that occurred in Tulsa overnight. One of
those burglaries was at a T-Mobile Wireless store on 21st and Lewis. A witness
told police they saw a person in a hoodie smash a window. The suspect was gone
when police arrived. A second burglary was reported at a Sprint store on east
41st. As of right now, there is no information available on that break-in.
However, several workers could be seen early this morning cleaning up the scene.
The third break in was at a Cricket Wireless store on south Yale. Police found
the front door glass shattered. The suspects were also gone when police arrived.
Al burglaries happened within an hour of each other.
New Orleans, LA: Man caught on surveillance video stealing bedding from Anna's
Linens The man is seen on the video a breaking the top of a window at
5:40am, and then climbing onto a garbage can to get into the store. He throws a
ladder inside, and then is seen throwing out five comforter sets.
Nashville, TN: Couple Steals Credit Card; Spends $18,000 In Minutes
A Nashville woman was shopping at the Kroger in Green Hills when someone stole
her wallet and within minutes, Metro police said a man and woman, captured by
surveillance cameras, were doing some shopping of their own with her American
Express card. Detectives said the young couple worked quickly and from Kroger,
they immediately headed to 3 separate Nashville area Target stores charging
$10,000 then $8,000 within an hour, the third attempt was declined by American
Waynesboro, VA: Police Warning About Credit Card Fraud Ring
Locally, Krogers, Rite Aid, Family Dollar have been targeted in Waynesboro and
the Walmart in Staunton. These scams usually involve multiple offenders who are
from out-of-state and connected with large organized-crime operations. The goal
of these individual is to purchase as many gift cards as possible with bogus
Madison, WI: UW official under fire for suggesting police not target Walmart
shoplifters A former Dane County assistant district attorney who
serves as the University of Wisconsin-Madison's director of community relations
is facing criticism because he suggested that shoplifters at "big box" retailers
with insurance should not be aggressively prosecuted. Everett Mitchell, who made
the remarks during a "Best Policing Practices" panel on campus last Tuesday,
said in a prepared statement that he believes in the law. "I also believe in
equal justice for all, and in reforms to our criminal justice system that
address disparities in policing for people of color," he said. MediaTrackers
reported Friday that Mitchell "recommended that police stop responding to
shoplifting and theft at Walmart and Target as a way to reduce what he refers to
as 'over policing' of the community."
Atlanta, GA: Police urge Stores to upgrade surveillance systems Every
time an armed robber points a gun at a convenience store clerk, it's almost
always caught on tape. "It's almost a requirement nowadays. As the technology
gets better and better, our ability to catch people gets a lot better," Lt. Mark
Brown with the Peachtree City Police Department told Petersen. But police admit
they've seen better pictures than from Monday's holdup of Flash Foods.
Dothan, AL: Duo charged with 10 counts of credit card fraud
New York, NY: Police Seek Suspect In Pharmacy Robbery Spree In East Harlem, The
Sioux Falls, SD: Mac Pros Computers Hit for thousands in merchandise in
Little Rock, AR: Woman sticks meat in purse, threatens a Food Wise Loss
Prevention Agent with a gun
Chippewa, WI: Walmart thieves leave $1,700 in stolen lot in the parking
Chicago, IL: Man stealing Drones while carrying a Puppy at Hobby Town USA
Jefferson Co, MS: Pair used skimming device to steal coins from Ice Machine
Zales Jewelers in the Mall at St Matthews in Louisville, KY was the victim of a
Grab and Run yesterday at 4:40pm, merchandise valued at $4,000
Weisfield Jewelers in the Westfield Plaza Bonita in El Cajon, California was the
victim of a Grab and Run, merchandise valued at $2,199
M. Lemp Jewelers in Syracuse, NY the victim of a
Smash and Grab Monday afternoon
AT&T - Batavia, IL - Robbery
Burger King - Wilmington, NC - Armed Robbery
Cricket - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
CVS - Lancaster, PA - Robbery
CVS - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Dollar General - Salem, DE - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donuts - Lewiston, ME - Robbery
Flores Spice - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Kroger - Elkhart, IN - Armed Robbery
Pantry Quik - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Robbery
Sprint - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Sprint - Palatine, IL - Burglary
T-Mobile - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Verizon - Greenville, NC - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Council Bluffs, IA - Shooting
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