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Malware Hidden in Chinese Inventory Scanners Targeting Logistics and Shipping Companies


TrapX, provider of the fastest growing sensor-based HoneyGrid™ in the world, announced the discovery of a highly sophisticated, polymorphic advanced persistent malware dubbed “Zombie Zero” targeting the shipping and logistics industry across the globe. Weaponized malware was delivered into shipping and logistics enterprise environments from a Chinese manufacturer responsible for selling proprietary hardware for terminal scanners used to inventory items ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Publishes Global Economic Update for 2014

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Report Reveals Recovery Amidst Risks of Continued Debt, Rising Interest Rates and Policy Gridlock in Emerging Markets  -  While long-term sentiments indicate restrained improvements, signs point to accelerating growth over the next few years Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) announced the results of its Global Economic Update for 2014, based on deep analysis of its proprietary business data.  The report confirms ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On


Chile – the Central Bank has resumed interest rate cuts; Egypt – a preemptive rate hike to “anchor inflation expectations; Russia – consequences of the tragic passenger plane shoot-down; Turkey – slowing inflation, lower interest rates; Zambia – a rebound by the kwacha. INDIA: The new government’s first budget disappointed many who had anticipated a more aggressive turning of the ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Moderate Rise in Business Demand

Overall business credit demand remained flat with an increase of  0.5% for the June quarter 2014 (vs. June quarter 2013) Decline in asset finance following peak in June quarter 2013 Growth in business loan applications particularly across Australia’s Eastern seaboard states for the June quarter 2014 The Veda Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index, measuring applications for business loans, trade credit and ... Read More »

Alibaba Reports Blackmail Attempt


When you get blackmailed you disclose it and report it to the police.   This is exactly what Alibaba did when it was confronted by “an organized attempt of blackmail” by unnamed authors demanding $300,000 to prevent publication of negative information.  The information in question consisted of rehashed articles from the Chinese press. “When faced with utterly baseless accusation and unscrupulous ... Read More »

B2B Marketing is Falling Down on the Job – The List of Oft-forgotten B2B Marketing Imperatives

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Ruth Stevens, BIIA’s Director, recently commented on failings in B2B Marketing: I heard a horror story the other day from a consumer packaged goods executive ranting about a meeting with a vendor.  “I gave the guy an appointment, and he spent the whole time presenting his product,” she said.  “[He] never asked me a thing about my situation, and what ... Read More »

Apple & IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility

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By bringing together the analytics and enterprise-scale computing of IBM with the elegant user experience of iPhone and iPad, this partnership will deliver a new level of value for businesses. Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps – bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Ghana – Further monetary tightening will not put a firm floor under the tumbling cedi; Korea (South) – Stable interest rates and stimulatory measures to come; Nicaragua – A canal to rival Panama’s? Uganda – reasons for the shilling’s fall to 16-month lows. ARGENTINA:  The government’s battle with foreign holdout creditors is entering its end-game, and it is still not ... Read More »

CRIF Kicks Off the National Credit Bureau Project in the Philippines

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CRIF has announced the kick off of the national credit bureau project for the Credit Information Corporation (CIC). The International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank Group member institution specializing in private sector development), the Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP) and a number of major local banks took part in the kick off event organized to analyze the specific ... Read More »

L. Gordon Crovitz Joins Dun & Bradstreet Board of Directors

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) announced the appointment of L. Gordon Crovitz, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal , to the Company’s Board of Directors effective immediately.   This appointment expands the Board to 10 directors, nine of whom are independent directors. Gordon will serve as a member of the Innovation and Technology Committee and the Board Affairs Committee. The former Publisher of The Wall ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate:  Credit Demand Trends Show a Mixed Picture

Credit Demand trends show a mixed picture and Mortgage Demand continues to grow in eastern states Overall consumer credit demand eased to -3.0% (vs June quarter 2013) Credit card applications up by only 1.6% on June quarter 2013 Personal loan applications fall -7.1% on June quarter 2013 Growth in mortgage enquiries solid, but eases to 6.1% (vs June quarter 2013) The Veda ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Acquires Startup RelateIQ

Salesforce.com has reached a deal to acquire RelateIQ, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup. The deal values RelateIQ at a combined $390 million. Salesforce will issue shares worth about $350 million in exchange for all shares of RelateIQ. The filing says Salesforce expects to issue between 6.2 million and 7.6 million shares. RelateIQ has $40 million in cash from its latest ... Read More »

US Risk Climate: Small Business Optimism Slips

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released its June Optimism Index and there was a slip from May figures.  Small businesses showed that 6 of 10 categories in the survey fell month-over-month.  Only labor hiring sentiment and current job openings indexes were higher in the month. On that point, there is some evidence that many employees have become free ... Read More »

Identity is the New Money

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News from the David Worlock Blog – Recommended Holiday Reading David Worlock posted a blog recently with the provoking headline “Identity is the New Money”.  David Worlock commented on a book by Dave Birch’s excellent new book,” Identity is the New Money ” (London Publishing Partnership ” Perspectives ” series , 2014 ISBN 978-1-907994-12-8 ).  David recommends:  “The book should ... Read More »