Why the Reputation Security Industry will withstand the Credit Crunch

In today’s volatile market the biggest threat that a corporation could face is losing its permanent contracts. The slowing economy is putting extra pressure on the sales departments, seeking millions of ways to uphold a basic financial stability. They have to stretch their creativity and skill sets to maximum degrees in order to keep the corporate liabilities and active workload forces.

Getting a new client is a tough job, especially when the whole market is at a complete standstill. [...]

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Reputations in Crisis (simple plan)

In the this post I am planning to discuss some of the steps you must follow when you find your company in the middle of a reputation crisis. Keep in mind that these rules are just valid for very big corporations and if you have to deal with personal matters you need to adhere to slightly different plan of action. I am going to write about this topic at the beginning of next week so keep following the site. [...]

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Spin Hunters is Back

After a couple of months searching for professional inspiration and sense of determination I finally decided to post. The truth is that there were so many things happening this summer, so finding time for updating the blog seemed as unattainable luxury. Besides, writing about hacking reputations is not very easy task, especially when your prime goal is to detect smear operations and to provide enough evidences to back your research up. [...]

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Full Disclosure, Trolls and Reputation Stupidity

A lot has been said about the info sec trolls over the past couple of years and somehow it seems that there is a lack of any serious means, aiming to tackle this issue. It’s not that this matter is exclusively related to the Information security industry, but let just be honest here – have you ever seen more aggressive and offensive creatures in the Web?! I seriously doubt it! For instance, you will never see, doctors speak about other doctors with such intense anger and hostility. [...]

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American Smears Vol. 1

As you probably have already heard, Barack Obama recently launched a brand new sub-domain, aiming to tackle false information throughout the Web. As far as I know, this is the one of the first mature attempts in the field of politics to wage an official war against political smear campaigns. Unfortunately, the release of the site was a bit late, since the Internet is already stuffed with numerous negative allegations and rumors about both presidential candidates. [...]

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Black PR is not just a Subset of Disinformation

There is a big dispute over the PR community whether or not, the Black PR strategies are entirely based on lies and deception. Well, the truth is that no one can estimate for sure how many of them are actually made of false statements and imaginative facts, but there is a huge difference between professionally made smear campaigns and those which happen to have completely incidental outcomes. [...]

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A New Cold War?

Associate Press published an interesting article the other week, implying that the Chinese government has been involved in snooping the networks of the American Commerce Department. Here is an excerpt from the story:

According to later publications, the allegation was officially denied by the Chinese authorities and was stated that this is not the way they deal with their business or political rivals. [...]

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Black Liquid

Guest blogger for Spin Hunters for this month is Sam Aldis, the founder of darkstar.me.uk. Sam started as a blackhat/script kiddie but soon he has learned a life lesson when he broke into a big football(soccer) leagues site. Sam did not serve any sentence but he had to pay a hefty fine. This is how he turned into a whitehat and now he is in the process of setting up his own security company. [...]

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Dark Websites hide many Security Threats

One of the most common and useful tools in any crisis management strategy is the creation of a dark website. This practice is pretty common and it is one of the must- have policies in consumer sectors such as larger airlines, food/beverage companies, pharmaceuticals, financial enterprises and so on.

By definition, a dark website is a pre-made, non-visible website, that can be activated online when a particular crisis occurs. [...]

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Rumors gone wild in the City

One of the biggest UK financial groups, HBOS, got the media attention last week by claiming that its structures had been targeted by a precise Black PR campaign. The news broke out with the allegations that the low record share prices of the group are being triggered by false speculations, disclosing that the bank was about to collapse and had sought an emergency funding by the Bank of England. [...]

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