Thank you, Chuck Thacker.

Chuck Thacker was part of the foundation of everything we know in computing and a major influence on our founders and our company. Thank you, Chuck Thacker.

By | June 16th, 2017|Company News, Quick Takes|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

Twitter Bots: These are the Droids You’re Looking For

Wondering if your company has any crime rings sleeping among your users? Most will acknowledge that there are likely some accounts lurking here or there, but may not realize that it’s a big problem. This attitude is held by a lot of companies, large and small, and many think they [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Quick Takes, Technical Posts|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

Don’t Be Taken to the Cleaners – Money Laundering Techniques

Money laundering is big business. Criminals use money laundering techniques 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 [...]

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

What We Learned: Fraud Detection Tools Webinar

Our first webinar is in the books! In our Fraud Detection 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 [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|Meetups, Quick Takes|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|Meetups, 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

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

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

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. [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|Company News, Quick Takes|0 Comments