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Custora said it helps retailers grow revenue and increase the customer lifetime value through a better use of AI-driven customer insights. The platform allows clients to personalize online and offline communications and use its aggregated data from disparate sources to deal better with retail challenges such as one-time buying and over-reliance on promotions. It counts seven of the top 20 retailers as clients. Customers include J. Crew, Tiffany & Co., Uniqlo and Kenneth Cole.
Corey Pierson, cofounder and chief executive officer of Custora, said, “The leading retail brands are building the capabilities to better understand their customers and use those insights in new and exciting ways. We call this ‘Customer-Obsessed Commerce’ and Custora was built to help companies make this transformation.”
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Apple Will Allow Users To Download All Their Personal Data



Do you want to know exactly how much data Apple has collected from you? The company that Jobs built will now give you a chance to see it.

Due to Europe’s new GDPR  (General Data Protection Regulation) law going into effect on May 25, companies will now have to reveal or delete the personal data they hold if individuals demand so. Apple in compliance with the new law opened a new Data and Privacy site that will allow customers with accounts located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to download all of their data the company has collected on them.

The data involved will revolve around your Apple ID account and your iPhone’s info plus any data that you have synced to through iCloud. You will also get your Apple Music and App Store activity plus any history with Apple Care included in that cache of data. Apple does warn not to expect all of that data to be readily available right away. If you are downloading content like iCloud file and photos, it could take up to a week to have that prepared for you. You do have the option to download the data in smaller chunks if need be.

You will also have to act quickly and download once it’s available because the data will be purged by Apple after two weeks. All of the information collected by Apple is, of course, voluntary but it is always good to know precisely what information they have and gives customers the ability to spot and correct errors.  Although its only available in Europe right now, Apple does plan to make the feature available to everyone soon.


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Ashley Madison Hackers Taunt CEO In New Data Dump: Report

The pain isn’t over yet for Ashley Madison. 

Hackers have released a massive new archive of data about the affair-enabling website and its parent company Avid Life Media, Motherboard reported Thursday. This follows Tuesday’s leak of identifying information about Ashley Madison users.

In the new release, hackers reportedly taunt Noel Biderman, Avid Life’s CEO.

“Hey Noel, you can admit it’s real now,” they wrote, according to a screenshot captured by both Motherboard and The Verge.

When news broke Tuesday that hackers had released the site’s user data onto the so-called dark web – which people are able to access anonymously, making uploads difficult to trace — a tech consultant working for Ashley Madison initially denied that the information was real, though experts said otherwise. On Wednesday, the company backpedaled, admitting at least some of it was genuine.

The new data is a 20 GB archive that reportedly contains information about the company and internal emails — not customer information.

A representative for Avid Life Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

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Hackers Claim To Dump Ashley Madison User Data Online

By Alastair Sharp and Josephine Mason

TORONTO, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Hackers dumped online personal details of more than a million users of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com, tech websites reported on Tuesday, the latest high-profile cyber attack that threatens to wreak strife in relationships across the globe.

After threatening to release salacious details on as many as 37 million customers of the website, which uses the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” hackers claimed to publish a huge cache of email addresses and credit card data stolen in July.

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the authenticity of the posting. Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison and Established Men, widely described as a “sugar daddy site,” did not verify the data was real, but said it was aware of the claim.

The hackers used the dark web which is only accessible using a specialized browser.

Still within hours, thousands of email addresses from North America and Europe including many linked to corporations and universities sprouted up on other sites as people decrypted the database. It is possible to create an Ashley Madison account using someone else’s name and email.

The hackers have appointed themselves as “the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society,” the company said in a statement.

“These are illegitimate acts that have real consequences for innocent citizens who are simply going about their daily lives,” it said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the theft alongside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local police, it said.

The hackers, who call themselves The Impact Team, leaked snippets of the compromised data in July and threatened to publish names and nude photos and sexual fantasies of customers unless Ashley Madison and another site owned by Avid Life were taken down.

“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” tech website Wired quoted The Impact Team as saying in a statement accompanying the online dump.

“We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM (Avid Life Media) and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data,” the hackers said, according to Wired.

Other higher-profile attacks such as those on big companies, like Sony Pictures Entertainment and Target, have seen credit card data of customers stolen, unleashing massive financial damage to individuals and companies.

But this data dump appeared to confirm that the hackers were not driven by blackmail or commercial motives, but rather ideological ones.

The intrusion into the private lives of individuals marked a watershed moment in cyber crime as the data spread across the web, said Ajay K. Sood, General Manager for Canada of cyber security firm FireEye Inc.

“These guys want as much notoriety as possible. This isn’t cyber terrorism. It’s cyber vigilantism,” he said.

Avid Life has said it is convinced the hackers were formerly connected to the company.

Still the dump was massive, according to Troy Hunt, a Microsoft security expert, who said more than 1 million unique email addresses were attached to payment records.

Wired said 9.7 gigabytes of data was posted, and appeared to include member account and credit card details.

Toronto-based cybersecurity firm Cycura, which was hired by Avid Life to investigate the attack, said it was not authorized to speak on the matter. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp and Josephine Mason; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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EXPERTS: Ashley Madison Hack Data Is Real

WASHINGTON — The user data pillaged from affair website Ashley Madison and dumped onto the Internet appears to be the real deal, independent security experts said Wednesday. The website reportedly has as many as 37 million users, and gigabytes of names, addresses, credit card numbers and emails allegedly tied to the site were leaked onto the so-called “dark web” late Tuesday night.

“The debate about the authenticity of the Ashley Madison breach is as good as over,” Troy Hunt, a developer and web security specialist who runs a website that helps people discover whether they’ve been victimized by a data breach, tweeted early Wednesday.

“It’s entirely reasonable to assume that this data is legitimate unless it can be proven to the contrary,” Hunt told The Huffington Post.

But Ashley Madison’s former chief technology officer, Raja Bhatia, insisted that he and a team of international investigators have found no evidence that the data is authentic. Bhatia, who now consults for the company, told Brian Krebs, a former cybersecurity reporter at The Washington Post, that “on a daily basis, we’re seeing 30 to 80 different claimed dumps come online, and most of these dumps are entirely fake,” in an interview late Tuesday. Bhatia said, for example, that his company had never stored credit card information, which is present in the latest leak.

“I’m still resolute with my initial assessment,” Bhatia told HuffPost early Wednesday morning, noting that it is an “ongoing process.”

Hunt, the web security expert, told HuffPost that “it’s not unusual for an organisation to deny the legitimacy of a data breach. But it won’t take long for that position to change if impacted customers continue to report evidence of their data turning up in it.”

Krebs, who first broke the story of the hack on July 19 and interviewed Bhatia Tuesday night, initially said he had no idea if the dump was legitimate. Later that night, he wrote that the evidence was hard to deny and that he had spoken with “three vouched sources” who confirmed their information was included in the data dump. “There is every indication this dump is the real deal,” Krebs wrote.

The sources Krebs spoke to claimed that personal information, including the last four digits of their credit card numbers, was included in this latest leak. Per Thorsheim, the founder and main organizer of Passwordscon, a passwords conference, also wrote that he found “several other accounts that I know” that were not found in other known breaches. He claimed an anonymous source who confirmed that his credit card data found in the dump was correct. Sam Biddle, a reporter for Gawker, tweeted that an email he once used to log in to the site for a reporting project was also included in the leak.

Some may question the value of the Ashley Madison data. It’s been widely reported that Ashley Madison did not verify the email addresses of people who signed up. In theory, an individual’s address could pop up in the data dump even if that person never actually signed up for an account — someone else could have signed up using their email. The credit card numbers, names, and home address data included in the hack — if accurate — could be much more damaging. But just because someone signed up Ashley Madison doesn’t mean they used the service. Some users’ spouses may have known they used the site.

But Ashley Madison’s records could nevertheless damage the reputations of politicians and public figures, not to mention ordinary people. “There could be genuine casualties as a result” of the leak, Graham Cluley, an independent security analyst, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. “I mean suicide.”

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ABC premiered #RisingStar Sunday night and generated more than 1 million app downloads, and there is more to this innovation than television finally moving beyond the simple hashtag for live programs.

Users connected either a Facebook or Twitter account to activate the application during the two-hour music talent show hosted by Josh Groban. The gimmick is that by being a voting “judge” users might see a profile photo on a huge video wall that rises, if a performer gets 70 percent of the vote to move to the next round.


The #RaiseTheWall hashtag generated some of the usual activity on Twitter, but it was the Rising Star app that is worth further attention. While the 2-ton wall was mostly difficult to see, the show was collecting massive amounts of user data.

Once connected, the app followed along as three voting “experts” — Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Kesha, and Brad Paisley — were introduced. Groban established the live nature of the show with World Cup talk and some edgy banter with the stars.

Each time a performer was introduced, app users were required to check in to be eligible to vote. Thus, ABC can show advertisers how many engaged viewers stayed with the show and how quickly they re-connected after each commercial break. These viewer behavior data are far ahead of traditional audience sample household data.

Rising Star also pushed messages during the commercial breaks, such as meeting a couple of “fellow judges” and humor about taking the app to the bathroom.


There are some issues with the technology. The app takes the entire screen of a smartphone or tablet, which means users might need two devices to continue to follow other social media during the show or bail out.

Online criticism of the show included questionable talent, slow program pace (with a second West Coast broadcast) and audience vote priming through expert panel antics. Yet, in the end, the live show broke some new social media ground. The final performer of the evening, selected from an earlier Instagram audition, nailed the live performance. The studio audience went wild, and Rising Star had the expected happy ending.

TV must use mobile app technology in this way for a variety of programming — from presidential debates to sports and awards show — for it to find a happy ending in the fragmented social media world that searches for audience attention.
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