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It has been a long wait to get the wheels of the economy rolling again, but the good news is that more businesses are getting ready to open now that Singapore has eased into Phase 2 of the post-circuit breaker measures.

This means that now is as good a time as any to consider how to keep your pantry and office well stocked with minimal hassle.

It will also mean a lot to your staff when you welcome them back with a care package consisting of healthy snacks and self-care items such as cereal bars and masks.

Start the ball rolling with FairPrice for Business’s new Corporate Rebate Scheme, which offers rebates for monthly online orders.

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If you are new to the service, get started in just three steps: register for a Business User account, build your cart and choose a delivery slot, select a payment method — and you’re done!

Simple and fuss-free, the Corporate Rebate Scheme works by offering a $20 promo code when you spend between $500 and $1,000 (including GST) in a month.

The code will be sent to you in the month following your purchase and has a one month validity. Each business account is entitled to one such rebate per month only.

The higher the amount spent, the better the rebate. The value of the promo code is $50 if you spend $1,000 or more monthly. 

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Attractive rebates and cost savings aside, FairPrice for Business offers a seamless and convenient process so your day-to-day operations can run smoothly.

In fact, one of the largest cyber security companies in Asia with more than 300 employees can attest to its top-notch service.

Cyber security businesses often require their staff to put in long and unpredictable hours and deal with shift work. This is why the company makes it a point to ensure its pantry is never without convenient food items such as cup noodles and made-to-order food packs.

Since switching to FairPrice for Business as its solutions provider early last year, the company has been able to expand its variety of food and beverage options, including a healthier range of snacks.

It orders snacks, packet drinks, cup noodles and instant beverages every month for its staff. It also finds that the non-food items — especially cleaning supplies — offered by FairPrice for Business come in handy.

Says its human resources representative: “FairPrice for Business has been a trustworthy supplier with good price points, easy payment terms, and fast and efficient deliveries. We like that its website has improved significantly since its last update too.”

Besides being satisfied with the corporate discounts and quick delivery, the company is also impressed with the efficient support staff at FairPrice for Business.

“Kudos to business development manager Willie Tan who has been very friendly, helpful, and quick to respond to our questions and needs. We don’t need to be directed to different departments to get various things sorted out anymore because he understands our needs and takes the initiative to settle everything for us. It’s also convenient to communicate with just one person to get things done,” adds the representative.

Under one roof 

FairPrice for Business is more than a convenient online platform for businesses to place corporate orders on a variety of food and beverages, including fresh and preserved fruits for the office pantry and events.

It also offers other essentials such as cleaning detergents, disposable utensils and tissue packs, basic first aid items, and office stationery.

A wide assortment of healthcare items that are essential to the current health climate such as masks, hand sanitisers, anti-bacterial wipes and health supplements like vitamins, are available too.

Bulk orders from businesses or individuals are serviced by a dedicated business care team proficient in assisting with every specific request and budget. This gives users extra assurance. 

The team also possesses in-depth knowledge about the budgetary constraints of social service agencies, so companies can be assured to receive assistance on choosing suitable products within their budgets for the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) event. 

Visit FairPrice for Business for more information or e-mail fpb2b@fairprice.com.sg for quotations and enquiries.

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Police to launch cyber security certification scheme

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The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) will launch a certification scheme for cyber security companies, giving them the weight to vet new products launched by small companies and startups. 

From next month, established cyber security companies can apply to be a part of the new accreditation scheme set up by the security wing of the police force and devised in partnership with the British Standards Institute (BSI). 

The ‘Digital Security Innovator’ certification will be for the benefit of smaller companies seeking to make informed decisions when choosing a cyber security vendor to examine their new products or services. 

This cyber security assessment includes taking a look at elements such as concepts of design. These would, in turn, allow a startup secure investment, or support any applications to an external incubator or mentorship programmes run by industry bodies.

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There are two awards on offer, with each giving cyber security companies police/BSI accreditation for 12 months. Firms that apply to receive either award would have to demonstrate their cyber security tools meet established industry standards.

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“The awards aren’t just about the product or service,” said both techUK’s programme assistant for defence, cyber and justice & emergency services Charlie Wyatt, and programme manager for defence and cyber Dan Patefield. 

“From the experience of working with thousands of SMEs over the past few years, trust is essential in building relationships with vendors that keep SMEs safe from the most common types of cyber-crime. 

“Therefore, in addition to reference checks, the PDSC require all customer-facing staff to undergo police vetting.”

PDSC was established in 2015 by the Mayor of London’s office, in collaboration with the Met Police and the City of London Police, in order to help small and medium-sized businesses reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime. 

This was branded the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) until 2019 at which point it took up a national remit, and began working with industry partners, the government, academia, and other branches of law enforcement.

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This launch can be added to a string of cyber security training and certification programmes targeted at giving cyber security professionals and organisations the tools and expertise to protect themselves against cyber threats.

The PDSC and BSI certification scheme will formally launch on 17 February at an event hosted by trade association techUK, with companies given more further details about how to apply for the awards on offer.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Men paid $100K by Uber to hush up hack plead guilty to extortion scheme

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Two hackers face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to their involvement in a scheme which saw them attempt to extort money from Uber and LinkedIn in exchange for the deletion of stolen data.

Twenty-six-year-old Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Meacre, 23, entered guilty pleas this week at a federal court in San Jose, California in relation to the theft of records related to 57 million of Uber’s passengers and drivers.

According to the US Department of Justice, the duo stole personal information from databases on AWS cloud servers in a criminal scheme which ran from October 2016 to January 2017. They then audaciously contacted the concerned companies, claiming they had found vulnerabilities in employees’ use of the systems and demanding payment for the erasure of the confidential data.

Controversially, Uber’s security team acceded to the hackers’ demands and paid them $100,000 in Bitcoin in December 2016 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet.

After making the payments, Uber subsequently identified Glover as one of the hackers who had extorted money from them. However, rather than passing information to the authorities, Uber astonishingly met with both Glover and Meacre and convinced them to sign a confidentiality agreement with the hope that the news of the breach would not become public.

It was not until November 2017 that millions of Uber users and drivers found out their personal information had fallen into the hands of criminals.

Dara Khosrowshahi, who became CEO of Uber after the security breach and the payment to the hackers, said in November 2018 that “none of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”

At the same time, Uber’s security chief Joe Sullivan was ousted from the company alongside one other employee involved in the handling of (Read more…)

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New #identity theft #scheme: #scammers use #US Postal #Service to #steal #information

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Stepahnie Vagim says it was her quick thinking mailman who saved her from identity theft just two days before Christmas.

Mail theft victim, Stephanie Vagim said, “Apparently someone went online and requested a vacation hold under my address that wasn’t me. He didn’t recognize the name so he brought me the mail.”

In the stack, letters for lines of credit – that a scammer was itching to get their hands on.

“The JC Penny, the Kohls Community Bank. Someone could have furnished their own home brought Christmas gifts for everyone they know and all under my name.”

And Vagim says it was all executed through their USPS website. The thief filled out the “request hold mail service” form to stop deliveries to her home.

The person, according to the form, planned on picking the mail up from the post office without Vagim ever knowing.

We spoke over the phone with a USPS Postal Inspector. He says this is not the first time a crime like this has happened.

“We are seeing this we’ve had similar crimes take place in the Central Valley in the Sacramento in the Bay Area and the key is the minute you realize something is not right say something,” Jeff Fitch said.

Meantime while Vagim is warning people of this new fraudulent scheme, she is hoping the government will find a way to stop it from happening so easily.

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Florida #man gets 16 months over #bitcoin bank #hacker scheme

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Florida #man gets 16 months over #bitcoin bank #hacker scheme

NEW YORK – A Florida software engineer was sentenced to 16 months in prison for helping run an illegal Bitcoin exchange suspected of laundering money for a group of hackers who targeted financial and publishing firms including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Dow Jones & Co.

Yuri Lebedev, 39, helped operate Coin.mx, which tricked banks into processing bitcoin transactions by disguising them as restaurant-delivery charges and online purchases of collectible items. He was convicted in March of conspiracy and fraud following a month-long trial in Manhattan.

Lebedev, wearing a black suit, stood before sentencing to tell the judge he regretted his actions. He said he joined Coin.mx to create “cutting edge technology” and build something “that would make me exceptional.”

“I got carried away,” he said, adding he realizes now “there are no shortcuts.”

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan in New York said Lebedev used his “impressive technology skills” to trick banks, making them “unwilling participants in the scheme.”

Prosecutors said the unregistered exchange sold bitcoins that were used in illegal online transactions and as payment in ransomware attacks. To help dodge regulators, Lebedev also conspired with his boss to bribe a New Jersey pastor to let them take over a credit union that was run out of a church and use it to help legitimize the exchange’s corrupt operations.

The operator of Coin.mx, Anthony Murgio, was sentenced to 5½ years in June. He admitted in January that he ran Coin.mx for the hacking scheme’s main Israeli architect, Gery Shalon, the self-described founder of a sprawling criminal enterprise that hacked at least nine companies.

Lebedev was born in Russia and raised in Ukraine before moving in with a host family in the U.S. state of Georgia. His attorney, Eric Creizman, cited the wide-ranging nature of the scheme to portray his client as a husband and doting father of three who was been caught up in something too big for him to recognize. In court papers, he described Lebedev as an “unlikely criminal defendant.”

“This case in which Lebedev was tried and convicted as a defendant involved a far broader scope of criminality than the conduct that Lebedev purposefully involved himself in or even knew about,” Creizman said in a court filing.

Lebedev wasn’t accused of money laundering and wasn’t involved in the hacking scheme. Creizman emphasized his technology role and said he wasn’t involved in the three-way calls with banks in which customers lied about the nature of their transactions.

Family and friends sent letters to the court supporting Lebedev, all of which described him as a man devoted to hard work and to giving his children the kind of opportunities he didn’t have in Ukraine. His host family described how Lebedev tutored their child in math, while a college friend relayed how Lebedev washed dishes to avoid using a credit card for living expenses like others did.

Shalon’s global network allegedly stole information on more than 100 million customers of banks and publishing firms and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit proceeds from pump-and-dump stock scams and online gambling.

Murgio operated the exchange with Lebedev from about 2013 to 2015 through a front company, the Collectables Club Private Member Association, which lists Murgio’s West Palm Beach address, court papers show. At Murgio’s sentencing hearing, he wept and said he’d “screwed up badly.”

The men “knowingly exchanged cash for people whom they believed may be engaging in criminal activity,” the government said in court filings.

As part of the scheme, Lebedev was installed on the board of New Jersey-based HOPE Federal Credit Union to bribe Trevon Gross, a pastor who was convicted in the same case, to gain control of the credit union and use it to process corrupt bank transactions that would appear legitimate, court filings show. Gross hasn’t been sentenced.

“Lebedev was one of the handful of co-conspirators involved in the credit union’s processing of over $60 million in risky” transactions, prosecutors said in court papers.

Lebedev’s role was to set up an array of servers that Coin.mx used to process its transactions, a critical element of the scheme that required constant attention to avoid detection by the banks, the U.S. said.

“One of those critical issues that Lebedev handled was the use of separate servers to mislead banks and payment processors into thinking that Coin.mx bitcoin transactions were actually Collectables Club memorabilia and MyXtremeDelivery food transactions,” the U.S. said in court papers.

Lebedev also attempted to obstruct the case by deleting files from a computer, prosecutors said.

Shalon and his alleged top lieutenant, Ziv Orenstein, were arrested in Israel in July 2015 and extradited to the U.S. last year. They have pleaded not guilty. An American who allegedly conspired with them, Joshua Aaron, who attended Florida State University with Anthony Murgio, was detained by Russian authorities in 2015 and returned to the U.S. to face charges. He denies wrongdoing.

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Edison man charged in hacking, wiretapping scheme

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EDISON – A township man was arrested Thursday for alleged computer hacking and wiretapping of his former company’s email server, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said in a statement. Jian Yang Zhang, also known as Kevin Zhang,” 37, is charged with one count of unauthorized access of a protected…

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Man sentenced for role in Regina mail, identity theft scheme

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Less than a month after his associate was jailed for an identity theft scheme involving stolen mail and forged documents, the second man involved received his own prison term. This isn’t the first time James Donald Provost — who has a record of more than 200 convictions — has been…

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The Cybercrime Scheme That Attacks Email Accounts And Your Bank Accounts

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Cybercrime is ever present, and there is one particular fraud we all should be aware of—particularly anyone who sends or receives bank wiring instructions or the funds themselves. The fraud involves the hacking or impersonating of email accounts, it might be called business email compromise (BEC) fraud, CEO fraud, or…

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Florida officer gets 5 years for driver license theft scheme

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MIAMI A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in an identity theft scheme that involved a confidential law enforcement driver license database. Court documents show 38-year-old Raul Castellon of the Hialeah Police Department was sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in…

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Stolen medical records uncovered in identity theft scheme

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MARIETTA, Okla. (KXII)– Authorities confirmed Thursday that medical records were stolen in addition to mail, in two identity theft arrests made last month. “We’ve been violated as a hospital, the community’s been violated, and we suffered the theft of some records that was inappropriate, and will not happen again.” Mercy…

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