Category Archives: Computer Programs

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“Every Post You Make, Every Status Update, I Will Be Watching You”

Dear Blast Readers,


Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? Even when you are just sitting behind your computer? Feeling like someone is taking account of every keystroke that you make and every website you visit? This is the type of feeling that sends shivers down your spine. You don’t know who, or what, is giving you that feeling. This is a feeling that cannot be remedied. Whenever you go online, whenever you sit behind your computer you feel like there are eyes on you.

Cyber stalking is when you are being constantly frightened and/or harassed by someone through electronic means, such as the internet. Some of the forms that Cyber stalking take on, including:

  • Harassing a victim.
  • Embarrassing and/or humiliation of a victim.
  • Gaining financial control over a victim. Usually, by destroying their credit or by draining their bank accounts.
  • Harassing friends and family members of the victim.
  • Frightening a victim, using scare tactics and threats.


Within the United States of America, there are 14 out of 50 states that have laws against cyber stalking and cyber harassment. Under the “American Anti-Stalking, Slander & Harassment Law”, Cyber stalking is considered a criminal offense. The results of being convicted include:

  • A restraining order
  • Probation
  • Criminal Penalties (including prison time)


If convicted, the sentences range from a fourth-degree charge to a second-degree charge. A fourth-degree charge means 18 months in prison with a fine of $10,000. A second-degree charge means 10 years in prison with a $150,000 fine.


So, how do you protect yourself, your family, and/or your PC from Cyber stalkers?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Maintain caution over the physical access to your computer, and any other web-enabled device, including your cellphone.
  2. Make sure you ALWAYS log out of computer programs when you leave the computer. Also, remember to lock your computer when stepping away.
  3. When it comes to online calendars or itineraries, delete them or make them private.
  4. Use privacy settings on any, and all online accounts.
  5. Use trusted and updated security software to stop spyware from getting onto your computer through an infected web page or phishing attack.
  6. If you do suspect that someone is using spyware to track your day-to-day activities, seek help.


If you have any questions about Cyber stalking, Spyware, Computer Forensics or Cyber Security contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.

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“The United States of Chatbots: How Chatbots Are Crawling Into Your Everyday Life”

Dear Blast Readers,


Have you ever communicated with a Chatbot? Do you know what Chatbots are?  Did you know that Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are considered Chatbots? Did you know that Chatbots are running rampant through social media, such as Twitter? Did you know that Chatbots are therapists and lawyers?


Chatbots are computer programs that mimic human conversation through Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI. These computer programs can respond to text messages and/or digital chats, such as Facebook messages, carrying out conversations with the people on the other end of the chat. Those receiving the messages would not know that the account they were communicating with was controlled by a robot rather than a person.


So, how many types of Chatbots are there?

There are 2 categories of Chatbots today:

  1. Rule-Based Chatbots. Which are Chatbots that can respond to a specific command.
  2. Artificial Intelligence Chatbots. Which can respond to natural language.


A Chatbot is a form of software that has a few layers that make it work:

  • Database: To store product information, customer data, and customer transactions.
  • Application Layer: A set of instructions that gives the app its functionality.
  • Application Programming Interface: Also, known as a API, connects the app to other services to get things like shipping quotes or process payments.
  • User Interface: How the users tell your app what he/she wants or what he/she is interested in.


Chatbots use these layers to work in the same way as a human manning a help desk. If a someone asks Chatbot a question, The Chatbot will use the information to respond in the same manner as a human would. The more a Chatbot communicates with people, the better understanding of human interaction the Chatbot acquires. This is because the Chatbot has more information archived in its database to refer to when conversing with a human.


So, what is the big deal about Chatbots?

Chatbots are extending their spider like reaches into many aspects of life. In New York City and in London a Chatbot is acting as a Lawyer. This program has helped thousands of people with traffic citations. More accurately it has successfully contested 160,000 citations.


The cost of this help?




Attorneys working in this field of law should be concerned about being replaced, by a significantly cheaper solution.


It is not just attorneys that should be worried. A Chatbot who goes by “Woebot” is now acting as a therapist. This Chatbot was created by Psychologists from Stanford. This Chatbot uses common therapeutic techniques daily to assist individuals in managing mental health.


The concerns regarding Chatbots extends farther than replacing humans in the work force. Chatbots have a much more sinister use. This use is disseminating false information in mass. On Twitter, there are thousands of fake accounts controlled by Chatbots. These Chatbots were created for the sole purpose of spreading partisan directed fake news. This dissemination of false information is a problem because it creates distrust for those reading the information. What is worse is that the way in which these Chatbots are disseminating Fake News on Twitter.


This dissemination has intensified because the thousands of Chatbots are posting the same fake information, and using the same “Trigger Words”. By using the same “Trigger Words” this fake news trends on Twitter. This manipulation of the “Trending Algorithm” for Twitter forces unsuspecting individuals to view the Fake News on the trending section of Twitter.


In the Future, these negatives associated with Chatbots may outweigh the helpfulness these algorithms offer.


If you have any questions about Chatbots, Cyber Security, or Computer Forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at out office at (954)727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.