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

By | November 30th, 2016|Quick Takes|

Image Credit: Brendan Riley 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 in 2017. Fraud and security are interesting areas in which to try to [...]

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

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

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 reminiscent of the '96 Bulls. [...]

Don’t Be Taken to the Cleaners – Anatomy of Money Laundering

By | September 22nd, 2016|Meetups, Quick Takes|

Money laundering is big business. Criminals use money laundering to cover up funds acquired through illegal activity and make it appear as if they were generated through legitimate and legal means. The fraudster aims to conceal that the funds exist, how he or she acquired them and where they are stored. Whether it’s Walter White [...]

Fake Accounts and Real Big Trouble

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

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 has been harsh. While the ethical issues with the Wells Fargo scandal are [...]

What We Learned: Fraud Fighting Tools Webinar

By | August 29th, 2016|Meetups, Quick Takes|

Our first webinar is in the books! In our Fraud Fighting Tools Webinar, DataVisor co-founder and CTO Fang Yu and I broke down four major tools for fraud detection: Reputation Lists, Rules Engines, Supervised Machine Learning, and Unsupervised Analytics. Based on my blog post, “Unsupervised Analytics: Moving Beyond Rules Engines and Learning Models,” we looked [...]

Where to Begin – A Guide to Hiring Fraud Analysts and Building Your Team

By | August 17th, 2016|Meetups, Quick Takes, Technical Posts|

In my last post, I talked about technology and, in particular, components in a fraud-detection architecture. But when it comes to building a fraud strategy, it’s not just about technology. Perhaps equally, if not more, important are the people who analyze and review cases to catch fraudsters. This post is part one of a two [...]

Spend Money to Make Money – Virtual Currency Arbitrage

By | August 11th, 2016|Quick Takes|

There’s an article in the Wall Street Journal today that takes on how 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, could face making less money on in-app purchases [...]

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

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

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 issues at all. How big [...]

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

By | June 28th, 2016|Quick Takes|

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 for us at DataVisor as [...]

Empowering a New Era of Fraud Fighting – Why I Joined DataVisor

By | December 16th, 2015|Company News, Quick Takes|

As a kid, I was fascinated with Sherlock Holmes and Batman. I read many of their detective stories and comic books and my childhood dream was to be just like them. Both are known for using their detective skills to track their adversaries, outsmart them, and solve difficult crime cases. I never donned the smoking [...]