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SearchCap: Brands Still Confounded By Local Search, Bing Adds Amber Alerts & Local SEO In 2015

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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FBI Officially Accuses North Korea of Sony Hack and Threats

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has officially pointed the finger at the North Korean government for the cyber-attack that shut down Sony Pictures’ systems across the globe Nov. 24.

“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” the agency said in a press release.

“Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.”

The FBI also discovered a number of similarities between the “infrastructure” used in the attack on Sony and other cyber-attacks U.S. law agencies have linked directly to North Korea. A number of Internet protocol (IP) addresses connected to North Korean infrastructure communicated with IP addresses that were hardcoded into the data deletion malware used in the Sony hack.

The tools used in the Nov. 24 attack are also similar to those used in a cyber-attack in March 2013 against South Korean banks and media outlets — one North Korea was responsible for.

“We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there,” the FBI said. “Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States. Though the FBI has seen a wide variety and increasing number of cyber intrusions, the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart. North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior.”

The Guardians of Peace, the North Korean-backed hackers responsible for the massive cyber-attack recently threatened to attack any theatre that played Sony’s darke comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Despite urgings from politicians and celebrities alike not to cave into threats from North Korea-backed cyber-terrorists, Sony has confirmed it has no plans to release the film starring actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, who play celebrity journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim.

Sony’s decision came despite the note from the Guardians of Peace not being backed up by any “credible intelligence,” according to the Department of Homeland.

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Google Maps, Yelp & Local SEO In 2015

When it comes to digital marketing and SEO for your business, it’s important to look beyond just your website. For local businesses, a strong online marketing effort requires an investment in local directories, maps and review sites, too. If all of your optimization efforts are spent on your…



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BlackBerry Shares Fall With Drop in Revenue

BlackBerry today posted a larger-than-expected dip in third-quarter revenue, falling short of analysts’ expectations.

The Canadian Smartphone company’s revenue dropped to $793 million from $1.19 billion in the year-ago quarter, Reuters reported. Wall Street had expected a revenue of $931.5 million.

“It’s a number that obviously, to us, is not satisfying,” CEO John Chen said on a conference call covered by Reuters. He added the company’s focus has been on margins and cash flow. “We achieved that, but now we’re going to turn our attention to revenue.”

Chen said hardware sales were not as strong as expected because production was limited and the company could only fulfill all device orders early in the fourth quarter.

The companies shares decreased 5.4 percent to $9.52 this morning after hearing BlackBerry’s results.

 

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Despite Documented Performance Lift Brands Still Confounded By Local Search

Remarkably there are still marketers out there that don’t “get” local search or why marketing campaigns should be localized. There are numerous studies and reports that indicate localized display and local search campaigns (on the PC and mobile) outperform “national”…



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Microsoft Sues Alleged Tech Support Scammers – Omnitech Support and Related Entities Sued for Deceptive Business Practices, Trademark Infringement

Microsoft has launched a lawsuit against several U.S. companies that allegedly con Microsoft customers by demanding money to fix non-existent computer problems.

The software giant’s Digital Crimes Unit has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in the Central District of California against Omnitech Support and related entities for unfair and deceptive business practices and breach of trademark.

“Omnitech Support, a division of Customer Focus Services, is charged with misusing Microsoft’s name, registered trademarks and service marks in connection with the provision of phony tech support services,” said Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit senior attorney Courtney Gregoire.

“Omnitech (allegedly) utilized the Microsoft trademarks and service marks to enhance their credentials and confuse customers about their affiliation with Microsoft. Omnitech then used their enhanced credibility to convince consumers that their personal computers are infected with malware in order to sell them unnecessary security services to clean their computers.”

Gregoire also accused Omnitech of installing malicious software — including a password grabber to gain access to personal and financial information — after being granted access to consumers’ computers.

Computer users are tricked into believing the scammers work for Microsoft, are a Microsoft Certified Partner or are affiliated with Microsoft, Gregoire said.

Often, after gaining remote access to a consumer’s computer, scare tactics are used — such as being told they will lose all of their files, suffer a crash, or risk the leak of personal identifiable information — to convince people to pay outrageous sums to have the “problem” fixed.

Another tactic used, Gregoire said, is pop-up browser windows made to look like virus-scanning software have fools victims into either downloading a costly but phony anti-virus program or an actual virus that gives the scammers access to whatever information is on the user’s computer.

“Tech support scammers don’t discriminate; they will go after anyone, but not surprisingly senior citizens have been among the most vulnerable,” Gregoire said. “The holiday season is a popular time for scammers as more people engage in online activities, including shopping, donating to charity and searching for travel deals. Still, our customers must be vigilant to protect themselves.”

Gregoire offered the following tips to consumers who receive a call claiming to be from Microsoft tech support, or affiliated with Microsoft:

  • Do not purchase any software or services.
  • Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the “service.” If there is, hang up.
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer.
  • Take the caller’s information down and immediately report it to your local authorities.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support.

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Search In Pics: Google Hanukkah, DMOZ Mozzie & Google’s Double Rainbow

In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Google’s Double Rainbow: Source: Google+ Mozzie From DMOZ: Source:…



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