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Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:23 PM
— Equifax linked people to a fake online site that mimicked the link for its own site on its massive Sept. 7 security breach that affected 143 million Americans.
After the breach, which involved Social Security numbers and other key identifying information, Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that directed people to information on the hacking incident and links to sign up for free credit monitoring and other protections the company is offering.
But in several tweets in recent days, a company employee directed people to a fake site that flipped the name of the site and sent people to a similar-appearing site.
Rather than being a phishing site that could have reaped unsuspecting folks’ personal data yet again, it was set up by Nick Sweeting, a software engineer, according to news reports.
People who clicked on the link got this headline: “Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information Which is Totally Fake, Why Did Equifax Use A Domain That’s So Easily Impersonated By Phishing Sites?”
Sweeting told the New York Times his site received more than 200,000 hits before he took it down Wednesday evening.
Equifax apologized for the mistake. “All posts using the wrong link have been taken down. To confirm, the correct website is https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. We apologize for the confusion,” the company said in a statement.
The company also warned people to watch for fake websites and emails targeting Equifax customers and people responding to the hacking incident.
“These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Equifax and the emails may link to websites purporting to be operated by Equifax,” said the company.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:23 PM
— Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report.
Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg reported.
Bi-Lo has not publicly confirmed any bankruptcy plans.
Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 2:19 PM
— In 2006, Best Buy began opening small “Best Buy Mobile” stores across the country, typically in shopping malls. A year later, the iPhone made its debut.
But now the Richfield, Minnesota-based retailer is closing all 257 of its remaining mobile stores. A memo was sent to employees Feb. 28, and the company notified the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
The company will close all of the mobile stores by May 31.
The company’s CEO Hubert Joly said on an earnings call that the stores were closing due to “changing economics in the mobile industry,” Dayton Daily News reported.
“Back then the mobile phone business was in a period of rapid growth and margins were high,” Joly said, according to the Dayton Daily News. “Fast forward to 2018 and the mobile phone business has matured, margins have compressed and the cost of operations in our stand-alone stores is higher than our big-box stores.”
All of the company’s “Best Buy Mobile” stores are in shopping malls and measure about 1,400 square feet. A regular Best Buy store covers about 40,000 square feet.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:35 PM
— Amazon is looking to buy abandoned Toys ‘R’ Us storefronts once the company shuts them down for good.
The online retail giant is looking at the possibility of acquiring some Toys ‘R’ Us locations as it expands its brick-and-mortar footprint across the country, Bloomberg reported. The stores could be used to showcase its Echo devices.
Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy last week. At the beginning of 2018, the chain had more than 800 stores before announcing in January that it would shutter 180 stores.
“Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys“R”Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way,” said Dave Brandon, chairman and chief executive officer.
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The possible interest comes as Amazon enters the brick-and-mortar game. The company purchased Whole Foods lst year, and it is also opening bookstores. Its cashless convenience stores, Amazon Go, are also reportedly expanding in states across the U.S. in coming years.
So, how does Amazon Go work? Consumers use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products they want and walk out. No checkout. No lines.
The store’s technology uses computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning to automatically detect when products are taken or returned to the shelves and keep track of them in a virtual cart. Customers grab their items and go, and then their Amazon account is charged with the bill. The store will offer ready-to-go meals, grocery essentials and even locally made food.
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:05 AM
CareSource has added a new executive to its c-suite.
David Goltz is the new chief financial officer for the nonprofit insurer, which manages Medicaid plans.
CareSource said today in a statement that Goltz has more than 30 years of experience and most recently served as chief financial officer of emerging markets for Health Care Services Corp.
CarSource’s former chief financial officer Tarlton Thomas was recently promoted to chief operating officer, a position held by Bobby Jones who was promoted to president of CareSource’s Georgia market in July.
Goltz holds a degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh ad University of St. Thomas.