Economic Warfare and Bias Against Gun Companies Continue

Intuit Quickbooks Reverses Tens Of Thousands                            Of Dollars Of Gunsite’s Charges

 

Certain parts of Corporate America continue to wage a full on anti-gun campaign against gun manufacturers and distributors.

What I like to call “Covert gun control” via Economic warfare/liberal bias is being waged everyday against companies who make their living off making or selling guns.

What is most disturbing about this is for a long while the privately owned “Mom and Pop” gun store was your grassroots foundation for the protection of the second amendment. Since they had no “dog in the fight” with having to please corporate boards or shareholders (unlike Dick’s Sporting good) they could do as they wished. Now companies that SUPPORT these businesses are harassing and trying to punish them financially for their second amendment positions.

Expect things like this to continue and grow worse.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

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Cryptocurrencies and Unconventional Warfare

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Cryptocurrencies and Unconventional Warfare

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A really interesting read for the forward thinking civilian operator. There are so many applications here that I really could not name them all. One of the key ones I find really relevant is the Partisan/Asymmetric Concept.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Real World Threats: Credit Card Machine and ATM “Skimmers”

The next time you get ready to pay with a credit card at a gas pump, convenience store or use an ATM, take a careful look at the machine before you use it. It could have an illegal “Skimmer” Attached to it. A Skimmer is basically a device which compromises the machines card reader and allows your credit card information to be stolen. In the above video, watch how fast this crook attaches the “Skimmer” device to the Credit Card machine without anyone being the wiser.

There is a multitude of good articles online to get you up to speed on this new form of credit card theft but here is one from a site I visit regularly for cyber-security updates; Krebs on Security.

Stay Alert, Look Before You Swipe and Stay Dangerous!

 

 

Surveillance State: Biometrics Coming To A Bank Near You Very Soon

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The banking password may be about to expire — forever.

Some of the nation’s largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and other types of biometrics to safeguard accounts.

Millions of customers at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo routinely use fingerprints to log into their bank accounts through their mobile phones. This feature, which some of the largest banks have introduced in the last few months, is enabling a huge share of American banking customers to verify their identities with biometrics. And millions more are expected to opt in as more phones incorporate fingerprint scans.

Other uses of biometrics are also coming online. Wells Fargo lets some customers scan their eyes with their mobile phones to log into corporate accounts and wire millions of dollars. Citigroup can help verify 800,000 of its credit card customers by their voices. USAA, which provides insurance and banking services to members of the military and their families, identifies some of its customers through their facial contours.

Some of the moves reflect concern that so many hundreds of millions of email addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal identifiers have fallen into the hands of criminals, rendering those identifiers increasingly ineffective at protecting accounts. And while thieves could eventually find ways to steal biometric data, banks are convinced they offer more protection.

“We believe the password is dying,” said Tom Shaw, vice president for enterprise financial crimes management at USAA, which is based in San Antonio. “We realized we have to get away from personal identification information because of the growing number of data breaches.”

Long regarded as the stuff of science fiction, biometrics have been tested by big banks for decades, but have only recently become sufficiently accurate and cost effective to use in a big way. It has taken a great deal of trial and error: With many of the early prototypes, a facial scan could be foiled by bad lighting, and voice recognition could be scuttled by background noise or laryngitis.

Before smartphones became ubiquitous, there was an even bigger obstacle: To capture a finger image or scan an eyeball, a bank would have to pay to distribute the necessary technology to tens of millions of customers. A few tried, but their efforts were costly and short-lived.

Read the Remainder at NY Times

Cyber-Crime: Hackers Steal $81 Million in Sneak Attack on World Banking

Bet you did not hear about this during your morning coffee.Your money is not safe in banks anymore folks..between crooked Governments and wily Hackers you are better off using a coffee can.-SF

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NEW YORK — Tens of millions of dollars siphoned from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A shadowy set of casinos in the Philippines. A large bank in Bangladesh with creaky technology. An unknown, and perhaps uncatchable, group of thieves with sophisticated hacking skills.

What unites this mysterious mix of elements and enabled one of the most brazen digital bank heists ever is a ubiquitous and highly trusted international bank messaging system called SWIFT.

SWIFT — the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication — is billed as a super-secure system that banks use to authorize payments from one account to another. “The Rolls-Royce of payments networks,” one financial analyst said.

But last week, for the first time since hackers captured $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in February, SWIFT acknowledged that the thieves have tried to carry out similar heists at other banks on its network by sneaking into the heart of the global banking system.

“There are many banks out there right now saying, ‘There but for the grace of God go us,’” said Gareth Lodge, a payments analyst at Celent, a financial consulting firm.

The admission that the attack was not a one-time event in a developing country but perhaps part of a broader threat has thrust SWIFT into a spotlight, raising questions about how securely money is being moved around the world. Some financial security experts point out the SWIFT system is only as safe as its weakest link.

Read the Remainder at Boston Globe

Financial News and Analysis: European Banking Stocks Crash for 4th Straight Week

Even with today’s 3% surge – the most in a month – on the heels of Unicredit’s CEO proclaiming that EU banks are “intensely” looking for funding solutions, European banking stocks have collapsed for a 4th straight week for the worst losses since 2012.

 

Following the brief exuberance after Draghi unleashed his latest bazooka – which it seems was all front-run – European banking stocks have collapsed almost 20% – the biggest loss since April 2012.

 

 Thanks to Tyler Durden and Zero Hedge for This Report.