Tomorrow is my first day at the Atlanta Journal Constitution; Last Wednesday was my last at American Banker. 

It’s a great time — full of reflection and excitement. 

On the one hand, I’m grateful to my editors and colleagues at the Banker. They’ve taught me a lot. They also gave me the chance to explore topics — payments technology, innovation and information security, among others — that I’m passionate about. 

On the other, I’m stoked to be working on data projects at the AJC. (Here is the job description; And here is a post from Talking Biz News about my departure)

Regardless, I will continue to cover infosec and fintech, here, because I believe them to be table stakes for the way regular folks move and keep their money. 

To my peers back in New York, again, ‘Thank you’. To all the folks that I have yet to meet in Atlanta, I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun.    

NYT: Australian Registrar Breach Caused Outage

An online attack that breached the New York Times’ domain name registrar, Melbourne IT, was responsible for the company’s several hour website outage.

The exploit was primarily the result of the Times’ virtual registration records  being altered by the Syrian Electronic Army, reporters wrote in a story posted on the Times’ makeshift website, 

From the NYT:

The attacks Tuesday on Twitter and The New York Times required significantly more skill than the string of S.E.A. attacks on media outlets earlier this year, when the group attacked Twitter accounts for dozens of outlets ranging from The Guardian to The Associated Press. Those attacks caused the stock market to plunge after the group planted false tales of explosions at the White House.

“In terms of the sophistication of the attack, this is a big deal,” said Mr. Frons. “It’s sort of like breaking into the local savings and loan versus breaking into Fort Knox. A domain registrar should have extremely tight security because they are holding the security to hundreds if not thousands of Web sites.”

As of about 6:30, the NYT’s website was running over

Can Banks Game Facebook Graph?



Facebook’s new search tool enables people to zero-in on businesses and peers with specific tastes and traits. 

The social networking giant launched Graph, which it’s been trialing for months, to all its users on Monday. 

Facebook’s new searching system will of course give people more chances to discover a bank.  But, does that cut both ways? 

As a result of Graph, will banks be able to better market to new customers?

Marketo: Is there an opportunity for marketers with Facebook’s Open Graph Search?

Scoble: Well it’s pretty good at finding people. For example, you could search for friends of friends who like programming, which is great for hiring and great for finding people with similar interests. It’s also fun for finding restaurants in San Francisco that my friends like.

I am not sure yet how I would change my marketing team or my marketing outflow just yet other than to make sure that all profiles are completely up to date and that they are indeed public. If you are one of those privacy freaks you are going to lose in this world because no one can find you. You have to switch your mindset from locking down your newsfeed and thinking it’s all about family photos and privacy. The new mindset is to set it all public so people can find you and do business with you, but then keep your family photos private. When you publish content you can choose to publish that to the public, or publish it to a small group of people. I have a family group with 10 people in it, they are my close family

If you’re a marketer you need people to be able to find you in order to do business.  It’s your job to make it easy for a user to find your phone number and email address. Also watch your messages because if you’re not a friend of a friend and you message someone, you’re going to get thrown into the “other inbox”.  Not many people realize that there are two inboxes in messages. There is your main inbox and then there is the “other” inbox. Make sure you watch that other inbox, because sometimes good stuff gets thrown in there.

Apple iOS6 Update Glitch

ZDNet is reporting that Apple’s recent update to its mobile platform, iOS6, is causing a Microsoft Exchange server glitch that is stopping some corporate users from receiving email.

One of the benefits of Apple’s iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone is that you can upgrade to the latest version as soon as it comes out. Being on the cutting edge is usually a good thing, but sometimes it can come back to bite you. If you are connecting to an Exchange server for mail and calendar services, the latest version of iOS has an unpleasant surprise in store for you.

Reports started surfacing in late January about excessive logging on Exchange servers caused by the upgrade to 6.1

Are any bankers, or IT employees, noticing this problem?