10 ways to avoid brand abuse and protect your online reputation

Charlie Abrahams, Vice President, EMEA at MarkMonitor

The Cambridge Satchel Company recently ramped up its online brand protection efforts by taking action to address the myriad risks of counterfeits, copyright infringement and cybersquatting that have plagued the brand since its rapid success.

The story of the brand’s growth was featured in the Google Chrome advertisement series ‘The Web is What You Make of It’. Unfortunately, in the same way the web has revolutionised the way brands engage...

By Charlie Abrahams, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Hacking, Reputation, Strategy.

iPhone Jailbreaker gets job at Apple?

A 19-year-old New York man who created a program that allows iPhone users to “jailbreak” the device to run unauthorised applications claims to have landed an internship at Apple.

Nicholas Allegra, creator of the site JailBreakMe, announced the news on Thursday on his Twitter feed @comex.

“The week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple,” Allegra said.

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at computer security firm Sophos, said in a blog post that Allegra has...

By imod.co.za, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Brands, Developers, Facebook, Hacking, Industry.

Blackberry brand under fire following UK riots

Blackberry's reputation has suffered this week after the mobile messaging service became embroilled in the national riots following reports that rioters used it to coordinate attacks during the violence.

Widespread attacks across Britain's cities including London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester has forced a spotlight onto Blackberry's messenger system which has been a popular means of the gangs coordinating the attacks. However Blackberry, which is owned by Research in Motion, has been quick...

By Verity Gough, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apps, Brands, Content, Facebook, Hacking, Twitter.

Anonymous hacker group takes stab at Google+

Wired.com reported today that hacker/cracker group Anonymous have decided to launch their own social network after Google banned their presence on Google+. The ban came after the group violated Community Standards.

The social network is said to be called AnonPlus (lol) and they’ve got a bit of a website up, but it’s not much so we’ll have to keep our eyes on it to see what they do.

I think it will be interesting, a lot of the members of the Anonymous movement are highly intelligent and some...

By imod.co.za, 18 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: GooglePlus, Hacking.

PayPal Twitter account hacked

Yesterday Fox News’ Twitter account was hacked and today it’s PayPal’s account. I now do wonder whether there’s an exploit lingering in Twitter’s code, because these are two big high profile accounts that surely don’t have basic passwords.

The hack took place a little earlier this morning and is said to have been done by an angry customer. The user who penetrated the account...

By imod.co.za, 06 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Twitter.