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Vendor 3PM uses AI and analytics to prevent Black Friday fraud

The months and weeks leading up to Black Friday, one of the most hectic shopping days of the year, keeps e-commerce intelligence vendor 3PM Solutions busy.

“This is a very important time,” said Rob Dunkel, CEO of 3PM.

More people buy products and more retailers and individuals sell products online on Black Friday than on any other day, and the number of counterfeit products listed for sale skyrockets, Dunkel said. Chicago-based 3PM, with its platform built to collect, change and then analyze unstructured data, identifies potentially counterfeit products for its e-commerce clients so they can crack down on Black Friday fraud.

Founded in 2013, 3PM sells software that automatically combs through products and reviews to give its e-commerce clients a better snapshot of what customers are purchasing and why, as well as to protect brands and identify and take down counterfeit or misrepresented items.

The 3PM platform automatically scrapes public data off e-commerce websites, such as Amazon and eBay, Dunkel explained. Data includes customer reviews, product images and descriptions, and buyer and seller information.

No APIs are used, he said — instead, the platform collects data as it appears on e-commerce dealers’ websites using machine learning and natural language processing. The collected data is then brought into the platform and structured for its clients, some of which include major e-commerce players.

The process is continuous and encompasses billions of online product listings.

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AI and analytics help prevent online shopping fraud on Black Friday and all year

The vendor uses a host of Google Cloud products to support its platform. A few years ago, 3PM left AWS for the Google Cloud Platform, after seeing the capabilities of Google Cloud Bigtable, a scalable, fully managed NoSQL database.

The database product was in beta testing then, Dunkel said. But, with its ability to handle huge workloads, it seemed perfect for 3PM.

Also, Dunkel said, 3PM was drawn to Google for its machine learning and AI products and tools available on the cloud.

Google Cloud Vision AI, alongside Google Cloud TPU, gives 3PM the ability to automatically classify and match images, for example.

“We’re heavy users of Google AI,” Dunkel said.

Preventing Black Friday fraud

Analyzing products in search of counterfeits is particularly important around Black Friday. Due to the sudden, massive increase in buyers and sellers during this holiday period, Black Friday fraud is common.

Using its platform, 3PM can identify fraudulent products for its clients and partners generally within four hours, Dunkel claimed. He offered an example.

Game of Thrones: Season 8 comes out on DVD and Blu-ray soon. Given the popularity of the show, and the expected demand for the season, it’s inevitable that some sellers will purposely mislist similar products to make them appear to be Season 8, to trick potential buyers. They could, for example, use clever descriptors or images to pass off a poster of Season 8 for the DVD.

So, said Dunkel, “We’ve been able to train the system to understand each title” of the different products, to automatically identify from the title what the product is.

We’re able to build and train our models to understand what is good and what is not.
Rob DunkelCEO, 3PM Solutions

Moreover, the platform can identify and compare a product listing’s image to a known image of the product, and scan for discrepancies using image recognition. Models can also read the descriptors and listing categories and compare them with other listings or with what the category is known to be. In the case of the Game of Thrones: Season 8, a category might be DVD. If the product lists as something else, 3PM issues a warning.

“We’re able to build and train our models to understand what is good and what is not,” Dunkel said.

The platform can also analyze product reviews. On certain e-commerce sites, third-party sellers can change their listings. They may have listed a specific product that racked up many positive reviews, but later changed the listing to a completely different product. Yet, the reviews stayed.

At first glance, then, the product seems to have high reviews. By reading through the reviews, it may become clear that the positive reviews were meant for a different product altogether. The 3PM platform can automatically read through reviews, and comb through the history of the listing, to detect that, Dunkel said.

While most Black Friday sellers are honest, Dunkel emphasized the importance of watching for Black Friday fraud.

“With Black Friday, with all the people shopping, consumers need to be more diligent,” he said. “Consumers need to take more steps to make sure they are buying an authentic product.”

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Microsoft Store Black Friday deals start today! | Windows Experience Blog

Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store kick off today in the U.S. Save big on Surface, Xbox, Windows 10 PCs and more this holiday!

 Whether you shop online from the comfort of home, line up before dawn with the holiday crowds, or like most people, mix it up and shop online and in stores – our Microsoft Store Black Friday deals* are here to solve all your shopping needs. The first Black Friday deals are available starting today in the U.S., and we’ll continue to introduce even more great holiday gift deals through Cyber Monday.

This holiday season Microsoft Store is offering shoppers our best guarantee ever. With our new Give Wonder Guarantee, you are promised our best price of the season no matter when you shop.** If something you purchased at Microsoft Store is offered at a better price later in the season, you can receive savings back for the difference. Plus, with free 2-3-day shipping, free extended holiday returns through Jan. 31, 2020, options to buy online and pick up in stores, we’re making it easier than ever to shop at Microsoft Store. And our Store associates are ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

No matter how you shop this holiday, Microsoft Store has great deals for every type of holiday shopper – read on for our top deals starting today! Visit microsoft.com or your local Microsoft Store to purchase.

 The “Early” Buyer

Eager to get a jump start on your shopping list even before Thanksgiving? Start crossing off your list today with great deals including:

Surface Pro 7

The “Treat Yourself” Gift Giver

What better way to “treat yourself” than to get a gift that keeps on giving – sleek new technology. Starting Nov. 24, save hundreds on the best deals of the season and find a little something for yourself like the Surface Pro 7 or the Surface Laptop 3. Other offerings include:

Surface Laptop 3

The “Game On” Gift Giver

Whether you’re stocking up your game library or buying gifts for the gamer in your life, incredible deals on Xbox consoles, games and accessories also start on Nov. 24.

Xbox consoles and games

The “First One in Line” Shopper

Set your alarm clock, grab your coffee and get ready to shop the best deals of the holiday season. Starting Nov. 28, you can shop all our Black Friday deals, from Surface Pro 7 to HP Laptop 15, with offers including:

HP Laptop 15

The “Bargain” Shopper

In addition to the great deals above, Microsoft Store offers a collection of gifts under $100, so you can stock those stockings or find gifts for less than $20. Here are bargain ideas for anyone on your list:

See our Microsoft Store Black Friday Deals page for full details on all the best deals this holiday. Start shopping today at your local Microsoft Store or online at microsoft.com, and rest easy knowing you’ll get the best price of the season with our Give Wonder Guarantee. Stop into your local Microsoft Store to join activities and festive celebrations all season long. Some local Microsoft Store locations are open on Thanksgiving Day. See full holiday operating days and hours.

Happy shopping!

Visit your local Microsoft Store or microsoft.com for more details on availability and pricing. Follow Microsoft Store on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

* Black Friday offers shown are available online and in Microsoft Stores while supplies last. U.S. prices are shown. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions may apply.

**Offer valid from 12 a.m. PT Nov. 1, 2019 to 11:59 p.m. PT Jan. 3, 2020 (“Offer Period”) on qualifying purchases of select physical goods made at Microsoft retail and online stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada during the Offer Period. Excludes certified refurbished devices, Surface for Business devices, and all digital services and products. Offer not valid on purchases made at third-party retailers. Customer eligible for price adjustment only if 1) Customer purchases eligible item during the Offer Period, (2) the price of the item is reduced during the Offer Period, and 3) Customer requests a price adjustment while the item’s price is currently reduced and in-stock for purchase. For purchases made at a physical store and online, Customer can go to any physical store and present receipt to get a qualifying price adjustment.  For purchases made online, Customer must contact Microsoft Store Sales and Support at 1-877-696-7786 with order number and any other information requested by the Store Sales representative. Refunds will be provided to Customer in same manner as item was purchased (credit card use will be credited to original card). Maximum of one price adjustment per item will be granted during Offer Period. Bulk buys of more than two of the same device, per customer’s Microsoft Account, will not qualify for price adjustments. Price adjustments do not include taxes, or shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limitations may apply.

*** Not valid for existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, other exclusions apply. Credit card required.  After promotional period, subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular price (subject to change), unless cancelled. Plus applicable taxes.  Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 1 offer per account. Game catalog varies over time and by country.

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Carbon Black acquisition is ‘compelling’

SAN FRANCISCO — VMware’s acquisition of Carbon Black is “the most compelling security story” Steve Athanas has heard in a while.

“I don’t know any other vendor in the ecosystem that has more visibility to more business transactions happening than VMware does,” said Athanas, VMware User Group president and associate CIO at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

At its annual user conference, VMware announced new features within Workspace One, its digital workspace product that enables IT to manage virtual desktops and applications, and talked up the enhanced security features the company will gain through its $2.1 billion Carbon Black acquisition. Like Athanas, VMworld attendees welcomed the news.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger
At the opening keynote for VMworld, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaks about the recent Carbon Black acquisition.

In this podcast, Athanas said Carbon Black could provide endpoint security across an entire organization once the technology is integrated, a promise he said he’s still thinking through.

“Are [chief security officers] going to buy into this model of wanting security from one vendor? I’ve heard CSOs in the past say you don’t do that because if one fails, you want another application to be able to detect something,” he said. “I don’t know where the balance and benefit is between being able to see more through that single view from Carbon Black or to have multiple vendors.”

Aside from the Carbon Black acquisition, Athanas was drawn to newly unveiled features for Workspace One that are aimed at making day-to-day processes for end users, IT and HR admins easier. For IT admins, a new Employee Experience Management feature enables IT to proactively diagnose if an end user’s device has been compromised by a harmful email or cyberattack. The feature can prevent the employee from accessing more company applications, preventing the spread of a cyberattack.

Another feature is called Virtual Assistant, which can help automate some of the onboarding and device management aspects of hiring a new employee.

“The Virtual Assistant stuff is cool, but I’m going to reserve judgement on it, because there is a ton of work that needs to go into getting that AI to give you the right answer,” Athanas said.

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Carbon Black acquisition bolsters VMware’s security play

VMware is continuing a string of acquisitions with the purchase of Carbon Black, an endpoint security company, with the aim of providing more secure cloud offerings.

The Carbon Black acquisition will be an all-cash transaction for $26 per share, which is a company valuation of $2.1 billion. VMware expects the acquisition to close in the second half of VMware’s fiscal year 2020, ending Jan. 31.

In VMware’s Q2 2020 earnings call, CEO Patrick Gelsinger noted that his company has been working with Carbon Black for the past two years on VMware’s AppDefense product, and said that time has been a way of “de-risking this acquisition” and “building a shared go-to-market with them.”

Gelsinger told reporters during the earnings call that the Carbon Black acquisition will address security challenges “as businesses move applications to the cloud and access it over distributed networks and from a diversity of endpoints.” He added that the acquisition will lead to integration through VMware’s “extensive endpoint footprint” and create a unified workspace solution covering both endpoint management and endpoint security. VMWare also plans to leverage partnerships with Dell and SecureWorks to “accelerate the adoption of Carbon Black in the enterprise.”

Gelsinger acknowledged that part of the impetus for the Carbon Black acquisition is due to VMWare’s plan to build a security cloud platform.

“Together VMware and Carbon Black we think will uniquely provide customers advanced threat detection, in-depth app behaviors, insight to prevent sophisticated attacks and accelerate responses across that platform,” Gelsinger said. “This idea of individual products that are bolted on and patched on is just ineffective for customers.”

The Carbon Black acquisition follows other moves by VMware to strengthen its presence in the security industry. Earlier this week, the company acquired Intrinsic, a startup focused on application runtime security, for an undisclosed amount and also confirmed its $1.45 billion purchase of software development firm Pivotal.

In addition to those deals and other security acquisitions this year, VMware introduced its Service-defined Firewall at RSA Conference 2019; the product is designed to secure traffic within a distributed environment by permitting only “known good” behavior of applications while blocking all other activity. At the conference, Gelsinger hinted at a larger cybersecurity play for VMware while criticizing the “nightmare” state of the market, which he said was overwhelmed with too many products that were chasing specific threats instead of reducing attack surfaces.

Gelsinger echoed those comments during VMware’s earnings call Thursday evening and said his company plans to fundamentally “fix” the security market. “As enterprises increasingly become digital, cyber security and protection of enterprise apps, data network endpoints and identity … is a primary concern across the C-suite and boards,” he said. “Yet, as I have said before, the current cyber security industry is simply broken and ineffective with a plethora of fragmented tools, bloatware agents and no cohesive platform architecture.”

Gelsinger added that current market disruptions, which are affecting “legacy players,” have opened up an opportunity for VMware. “We’re out to change the security industry,” he said.

Analyst response

Josh Zelonis, principal analyst serving security and risk professionals at Forrester, said rather than changing the security industry, VMWare’s Carbon Black acquisition was confirmation of a larger trend already under way.

“EDR is traditionally endpoint detection and response and traditional endpoints are workstations and laptops. This acquisition is part of a growing trend in the industry to make it something much bigger than that,” Zelonis told SearchSecurity. “What VMWare is doing is they’re now allowing you to build EDR products by default in all your virtual machines. So all your workloads that you’re managing through VMWare can now instantly be benefitting from what is essentially the logging and detection of an EDR product.”

J. Craig Lowery, a vice president analyst at Gartner, said the Carbon Black acquisition aligns with the strategy VMware set out on several years ago.

“[VMWare is] moving from a legacy virtualization business to a new business in cloud management software and services, specifically with an eye towards cloud-native solutions built on containers,” Lowery told SearchSecurity. “However, there are serious challenges to this strategy, as even these new additions to VMware’s portfolio will not likely significantly increase VMware’s appeal to developers. It will, however, be meaningful for those VMware customers that are looking for a more conservative path to cloud-native outcomes.”

Zelonis pointed out that both Palo Alto Networks and Trend Micro have recently started using the XDR branding to imply EDR plus integration with all of their other technologies. He also pointed out that Microsoft has the Intelligent Security Graph, which Zelonis described as tying together “all the intelligence that’s coming in from all their EDR products, all their email products and the Office products, [which] all have application level capabilities for detecting misuse.”

“Big picture is everything is moving toward leveraging this type of detection in every environment in your organization,” Zelonis said. “The bigger trend that everybody needs to look at is how we’re going to be moving forward with the security analytics and the SIEM space to be integrating these point solutions in a better fashion. My hope is to see that these SIEM products become so heavily focused on being able to ingest anything that we’re able to treat everything like a portfolio solution and not a bolt-on.”

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For Sale – WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive – 4 TB, Black

Hi there,

I have a WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive for sale. 4TB, black. Brand new and sealed.

It’s currently on sale in Currys at £94.99 (and posted on HotUKDeals) so i can do £85 delivered.

Will also trade for gift cards if you have any (John Lewis preferred).

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Price and currency: 85
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For Sale – Western Digital My Passport 3TB Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0

I have this for sale a WD 3TB My passport portable Hard Drive in black Latest Range only 2 months old

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For Sale – Western Digital My Passport 3TB Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0

I have this for sale a WD 3TB My passport portable Hard Drive in black Latest Range only 2 months old

I am the original owner bought brand new so can confirm that it has only been used once to back up my Ripped Bluray films

I have replaced this with large capacity NAS drives so have no use for this in excellent as new condition and works flawlessly.

Comes in its original box for safe transit

Invoice Included so has a 3 year warranty until June 2021

Price and currency: 80
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For Sale – WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive – 4 TB, Black

Hi there,

I have a WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive for sale. 4TB, black. Brand new and sealed.

It’s currently on sale in Currys at £94.99 (and posted on HotUKDeals) so i can do £85 delivered.

Will also trade for gift cards if you have any (John Lewis preferred).

Thanks!

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For Sale – WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive – 4 TB, Black

Hi there,

I have a WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive for sale. 4TB, black. Brand new and sealed.

It’s currently on sale in Currys at £94.99 (and posted on HotUKDeals) so i can do £85 delivered.

Will also trade for gift cards if you have any (John Lewis preferred).

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