About The DataVisor Team

The DataVisor Team consists of an elite group of security researchers who are on the front lines of online fraud detection and are regularly discovering advanced techniques used to conduct a variety of fraudulent campaigns. The DataVisor technical blog is designed to educate the security community on these new attack methods and how best to prevent them in the future.

DataVisor Headed to Alibaba Computing Conference 2017

This week DataVisor is headed to Hangzhou, China for Alibaba’s The Computing Conference 2017, where over 40,000 developers, IT professionals, thought leaders, tech media, and cloud enthusiasts from all over the world gather to discuss the latest advancements in cloud computing. Our VP of Engineering, David Ting, will [...]

By | October 9th, 2017|Company News|0 Comments

DataVisor Presenting at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando

DataVisor will be presenting tomorrow at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, Florida, the world's largest gathering of women technologists produced by AnitaB.org. Our algorithm team technical lead, Hongyu Cui, Ph.D., will be presenting on Friday, October 6th during the Cybersecurity and Fraud Detection presentations session on [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|Company News|0 Comments

DataVisor Presenting at 2017 FS-ISAC Fall Summit

DataVisor will be presenting this week at the 2017 FS-ISAC Fall Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, the leading conference for fraud and security professionals in financial services.  Our CTO, Fang Yu, Ph.D., will be presenting on Tuesday October 3rd during lunch at the Innovative Technology Showcase on the topic [...]

By | October 1st, 2017|Company News|0 Comments

DataVisor is Heading to 2017 ACAMS Vegas

We’re heading to the 16th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. ACAMS Vegas Conference is the most trusted meeting place for the AML/CTF/financial crime community dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and expertise of financial crime detection and prevention. We learned a lot from attending [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Company News|0 Comments

Two Billion Served: DataVisor Protects More Than Two Billion Global Users

DataVisor now protects more than two billion user accounts around the world. It feels like just yesterday we announced the one billion mark, and that’s because it was not very long ago at all. As a result of our continued customer momentum from financial services, social, e-commerce and gaming clients around [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|Company News|0 Comments

Unsupervised in Austin – Digital Banking 2017

We’re on our way to Austin! Financial fraud is now a professional enterprise, with a complete ecosystem of fraud-as-a-service stealing more than $16B per year. According to a recent report, there were more than 4.2 billion records exposed globally in 2016. Fraudsters are using these stolen identities to create armies [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Company News|0 Comments

Yinglian Xie Named Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal

According to the 2016 Anita Borg Institute’s Top Companies for Women Technologists program, only 21.7 percent of women hold technical roles. That’s why DataVisor, with two female cofounders and 32 percent of women in technical roles, can seem like an anomaly in the world of Silicon Valley startups. Yinglian Xie, [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Company News|0 Comments

Infographic: The Online Fraudster’s Tool Shed

In March we released our inaugural DataVisor Online Fraud Report, which took a look at our base of more than one billion users across 172+ countries in the world, and fulfilled its mission of arming fraud fighters like our customers with some new intel on how bad actors conduct attacks. [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Company News, Technical Posts|0 Comments

Guest Post: AML Data Quality – The Challenge of Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole

As mentioned in my previous articles, traditional rule-based transaction monitoring systems (TMS) have architectural limitations which make them prone to false positives and false negatives: Naive rules create a plague of false positives that are expensive for investigators to sift through Sophisticated money launderers know how to circumvent rule-based systems [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Technical Posts|0 Comments

Guest Post: The Other Elephant in the Room: Defeating False Negatives in AML Systems

ending the false positive alerts plague, approximately 90-95 percent of alerts generated by Transaction Monitoring Systems (TMS) are false positives. So, why don’t we tighten our rule thresholds to let fewer alerts through? Image Source Unfortunately, tightening thresholds typically increases false negative alerts, which are real [...]

By | March 5th, 2017|Technical Posts|0 Comments

Guest Post: End the False Positive Alerts Plague in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Systems

Keith Furst is the Founder of Data Derivatives, and has years of experience within a variety of financial institutions including Tier One wholesale banks, investment banks, foreign bank branches, commercial banks, retail banks, broker-dealers, prepaid card providers and merchant acquirers with a focus on implementing, fine tuning and validating financial [...]

By | February 12th, 2017|Technical Posts|0 Comments

Guest Post: Look at the Bricks Again – Inside the Mind of a Fraudster

This is a guest post from Zack Pumerantz, fraud prevention manager at FanDuel. At FanDuel, Zack is responsible for proactive investigation, chargebacks, reporting and training his quickly growing team of cyber crime specialists.  Zack's team brings to the table a ruthless drive to catch criminals, a focused approach and team chemistry [...]

By | February 6th, 2017|Quick Takes|0 Comments

Datavisor’s Fraud Trends and Predictions for 2017 – Thoughts on What’s Ahead

Predictions season is upon us once again and after some successful speculation for 2016, we decided to take another Nostradamus-like crack at it again with what we predict will happen in the world of online fraud trends in 2017. Fraud and security are interesting areas in which to try to [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Quick Takes|0 Comments

Guest Post: Lock It Down and Smarten Up – Best Practices for Online Security

This is a guest post from Zack Pumerantz, fraud prevention manager at FanDuel. At FanDuel, Zack is responsible for proactive investigation, chargebacks, reporting and training his quickly growing team of cyber crime specialists.  Zack's team brings to the table a ruthless drive to catch criminals, a focused approach and team chemistry [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|Quick Takes, Technical Posts|0 Comments

Bad Account Opening: Fake Accounts and Real Big Trouble

Wells, wells, wells, what do we have here? Last week the news broke that Wells Fargo had “been hit with $185 million in civil penalties for secretly opening millions of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts that harmed customers,” and the backlash caused by the account opening has been harsh. While [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Quick Takes, Technical Posts|0 Comments

Spend Money to Make Money – Virtual Currency Arbitrage

There’s an article in the Wall Street Journal today that takes on how virtual currency in internationally popular games, such as the near ubiquitous Pokémon Go, can cause interesting financial dilemmas for their creators. The article, “Pokémon Go Illustrates a Currency Problem,” highlights how Nintendo, the company behind Pokémon Go, [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Quick Takes|0 Comments

How Risky is Your UA Business? Introducing the User Acquisition Fraud Calculator

One of the things we heard repeatedly during our most recent meetup on User Acquisition Fraud was frustration at not knowing where a company stands in terms of fraudulent users. It was clear that people want to fix or address any fraud issues, but aren’t quite sure if they have any fraud [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Company News, Meetups, Quick Takes|0 Comments

Mobile Fraud Gone in a (Device) Flash

Device fingerprinting, i.e., collecting information from a device for the purposes of identification, is one of the main techniques used by online services for mobile fraud detection. The goal is to recognize “bad” devices used by fraudsters, such that they can be identified even when other attributes (such as user [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

When Art Imitates Life – User Acquisition Fraud on “Silicon Valley”

For anyone who works in tech, especially those of us living in Bay Area, watching HBO’s hit “Silicon Valley,” can be both hilarious and cringe-inducing as you watch similarities to your own life being mocked and played out brilliantly on the small screen. This week’s episode hit a little harder [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Quick Takes|0 Comments

BRB – Heading to CNP!

Fraudsters never rest and neither do we. We’re hitting the road again, this time heading to Orlando for the 2016 CNP Expo. We’ll be joining more than 1,000 industry professionals and executives representing e-commerce, m-commerce and omnichannel merchants and the service providers that support them to learn about the most [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Company News|0 Comments