I'm grateful to NatWest for telling me of a possible security breach relating to my "Credit Card Online Service" but there are a couple of factors that don't quite hang true - aside from the basic one that, like most recipients of phishing mails, I don't have an account with the target bank.
I have just watched the entire speech by US President Obama given at the US Department of Justice. I watched it with my friend in Paris : both of us watching the BBC until they cut away with only a few minutes to go so they could interview one of their own journalists standing in the cold of a Washington winter. Then we switched to CNN where, fortunately, they didn't discuss it in their usual banal fashion. Which is good because we were discussing it over an internet phone connection as it was going. He and I have concocted a note together intending that it would appear on both our websites simultaneously. .
At long last the US has taken action against one of the entities that failed to properly monitor the fraudulent activities of Bernard Madoff. One has to hope that the investigation does not stop there: his activities were not, presumably, conducted only through JP Morgan.
Sitting at home doing all kinds of things - including researching and writing both "Sun Tzu and the Art of Litigation" and "How does that make you feel" as well as other work that kept me locked to my desktop for, in total more than a year, I've just been re-introduced to the delights of long distance travel. I was looking forward to it: I used to spend as much as 200 nights a year away from home, often sleeping on a plane between leaving a meeting at the end of one day and just getting to the next early in the morning. There was even a plan, just for the hell of it, to present a breakfast briefing in Singapore, an evening briefing in Hong Kong, the next morning a breakfast briefing in London and an evening briefing in New York. It didn't happen. I think I'm pleased.
The recent example of a satirical article ascribing comments to the Pope, and the editorialising that surrounded those comments, is thought provoking and funny - but only if you know it's a joke. Regrettably, the internet, due to the lack of ethics and honesty, to say nothing of in some cases downright malicious or self-promoting actions, of some users, means that the story has spread far and wide - without the warning that it's satire.
We, as an industry, are increasingly sold the idea that social media is the first reliable port of call for due diligence: basically, the idea is that if a person doesn't have, for example, a Facebook or a LinkedIn profile, they don't exist, that they are inherently somehow lacking in credibility.
The argument is that the opposite is true: that an effective social media presence confirms that person's existence and presents corroboration of what they are saying.
It's not as reliable as it seems. And worse, it's causing a credibility issue for companies.
I'm Nigel Morris-Cotterill, one of your contacts at LinkedIn. I'm Head, The
Anti Money Laundering Network and I find LinkedIn to be full of "noise"
from hundreds of "likes" of jobs, magazine articles, puzzles and games.