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Aggressive Ransomware campaign was recently released

A particularly aggressive Ransomware campaign was recently released.  It was observed and mention by several Companies around the world, their IT departments had notified that more than 120,000 E-Mails were sent daily over the last weeks. Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts files and demands payment for the decryption key. In the latest strain: The spam subject is an empty, “Fw:”, with a zip file attachment named: xls_convert_recipientname_randomnumber.zip. The body of the message indicates that the attachment contains requested invoices in Excel file format. The other campaign was sent with subject “Profile” containing a similar zip file attachment. The name of that attached file is: recipientname_profile_randomnumber.zip. As always, we suggest … [Read more...]

IMA event: Terry B. Jones on innovation

Last Thursday, June 9, I had the pleasure of attending a discussion on innovation and shifting business strategy, led by Terry B. Jones. After a cocktail hour hosted at the NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, the talk commenced in the auditorium across the breezeway. I must admit I did not know who Mr. Jones was, but I assumed he must be a marketing magnate, as the talk was organized by IMA. To my mistake and surprise, Mr. Jones is actually one of the founders of Travelocity and Kayak; so in a sense, he has developed businesses that market travel. Mr. Jones is in the business of facilitating the where and the when behind consumer choices, but he discussed the increasing importance for businesses to assess the self-reflexive why that drives consumer decisions. Businesses must break down … [Read more...]

Latin America’s Top 50 Brands

Analyzing the 50 most valuable brands in Latin America is not an easy task. Last week Millward Brown and MPP just did that, released their fourth annual Brand in Latin America,  they analyzed the region's six top economies: Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Argentina (PDF Doc Report). The 83 pages reports includes a extend breakout of the top 50 brands by country, even do there is been a despite slow economic growth in Latin America, they rise a 2% y/y/y. Some of the highlights include; Mexico, 17 top 50 brands, $49.4 billion value, +15% y/o/y Brazil, 11 top 50 brands, $32 billion value, +5% y/o/y Chile, 7 top 50 brands, $19.4 billion value, -23% y/o/y Colombia, 9 top 50 brands, $19.3 billion value, -4% y/o/y Peru, 4 top 50 brands, $6.1 billion value, +15% … [Read more...]

Desde el otro lado de la frontera, ¡Señor,Ilumínalos por favor!. – Violencia nuevamente en Guerrero, México.

Después de ver varias imágenes violentas en ACAPULCO el día de ayer, las cuales muestro bajo este párrafo, decidí finalmente a escribir. No son las primeras fotos espeluznantes que veo de la violencia que se vive en México, desde el Sexenio del Presidente Calderón, aparecían en periódicos nacionales e internacionales, fotos de cuerpos inertes colgados en los puentes sobre vías públicas- ahora las últimas, son en Guerrero. Estado que lleva meses padeciendo violencia y estudiantes desaparecidos. #Acapulco Mexicans protesting for change faced against police brutality. This is happening now, where's the coverage? pic.twitter.com/Jrzwr23FWW — QUEEN (@BlvckConscious) February 25, 2015 Las noticias mostraban que desde temprana hora, una marcha de “maestros” se … [Read more...]

CORRUPCIÓN E IMPUNIDAD: ¿IMPERAN EN MÉXICO?

Por LUIS ARIEL RAMOS Pobre país “tan lejos de DIOS y sumido en océanos de CORRUPCIÓN, IMPUNIDAD, SECUESTROS Y CRIMEN ORGANIZADO. ¿Qué nos pasó?, solemos preguntarnos los mexicanos que rebasamos ya las cinco décadas de edad. ¿Dónde quedó y cuando empezó este mal fario? A lo largo y ancho del territorio nacional: EN CADA PUERTA QUE SE ABRE, COMO HONGOS BROTAN POR TODOS LADOS, LOS HECHOS DE CORRUPCIÓN Y DE IMPUNIDAD, QUE SUMADOS A LOS SECUESTROS Y AL CRIMEN ORGANIZADO, han convertido al país  en la TIERRA DE NADIE. En los últimos 42 años, a partir del sexenio de Luis Echeverría Álvarez, ¿perdimos la brújula? Son SIETE SEXENIOS  que nos sumieron en ese OCEANO, sin que VEAMOS LA LUZ AL FINAL DEL TÚNEL. Y lo peor de todo, es que todos los que han … [Read more...]