All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘fake accounts’

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

After looking at over 10.2 million accounts and studying the behavior of 20,000 purchased fake accounts, some Italian researchers have concluded that Instagram still has a bot problem. How bad is it? According to security researcher Andrea Stroppa, it’s not great. He says that up to 8 percent of Instagram’s over 300 million users are bots. This, despite a concerted …

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Florida Man Used Fake Facebook Accounts to Lure Minors for Sex, Brought Baby Along for Meetup

A Florida Man is facing charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor after police say he used Facebook to convince underage girls to meet him for sex. The scheme was a bit more elaborate than just contacting young girls on Facebook and making a pass. 44-year-old Tadd Link Clukey reportedly created multiple fake profiles on the social network, posing …

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Facebook Sure Would Like the DEA to Stop Impersonating People

Though the US Justice Department thinks the Drug Enforcement Agency has the right to impersonate people on Facebook for “law enforcement purposes”, Facebook sure would like them to stop. Facebook has sent a pointed letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart asking that the DEA “cease all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others.” “Facebook is a community where …

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These Phony Twitter Accounts Can’t Verify You (Hint: They’re Not Even Verified Themselves)

I know that it would be really cool to be verified on Twitter. It would mean that you were important – important enough to need a verified account because of all the jokers out there that want to create fake accounts because they want to be you. You’re that cool. At least it would be cool to have the illusion …

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Taliban Using Blonde, Buxom Beauties to Gain Intel on Facebook

In many ways, it’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it’s being used in a very modern way. I’d like to think that most people realize that the super hot girl you meet on the internet is likely not super hot and probably not even a girl. But apparently, the Taliban is cleverly (?) fooling Australian soliders …

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Facebook Goes After Fraudulent Likes

In order to cut down on fraudulent “likes” across the network, Facebook has announced that they have upped their automated efforts to remove likes that have been “gained by means that violate [thier] terms.” This means that likes derived from malware, fake accounts, compromised accounts, or bulk purchases will be stricken from the Facebook record. Why? Integrity, according to Facebook. …

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President Obama’s Fake Twitter Followers Outnumber Mitt Romney’s Total Followers 6 to 1

It’s pretty safe to say that everyone on Twitter is followed by at least a few fake accounts. We always knew that bots ran rampant on the site, but recent studies into the buying and selling of fake Twitter followers has put a spotlight on just how serious the problem really is. Plus, there was that whole thing about Mitt …

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Over 27% of the Top 10 Twitter Accounts’ Followers Are Fake

Fake Twitter followers are on everyone’s mind. Last month, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Twitter followers jumped substantially overnight, leading some to accuse the campaign of buying followers. They denied it of course, but it led to a much more prominent discussion of the somewhat depressing reality that many of your tweets may be falling on deaf ears. Deaf, fake …

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Facebook Likely Has 83 Million Fake Users

If you picked any Facebook user at random, there is nearly a 1 in 10 chance that the user you picked isn’t real. Maybe it’s a duplicate, maybe it’s a spam account – but either way, it’s a fake Facebook user. How do we know this? From Facebook themselves, actually. In their recent 10-Q filing with the SEC, Facebook released …

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Pinterest Spam: Site Seeing Influx Of Fake Accounts

As soon as any website starts to gain attention, it invariably becomes a target for spammers and scammers–people who create faux accounts in order to lure users in to their site, whether it’s for hacking purposes or just to get them to click on an offer. Pinterest, a company which is quickly rising in the ranks of social media, is …

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Why The Murdochs Should Let That Wendi Deng Twitter Fake-Out Go Away

Turns out that fun-but-not-funny fake Twitter account of Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng wasn’t so carefree after all. First there was the question over whether the Murdochs should sue Twitter because the fake account actually managed to be verified albeit for only three days. But this whole verification snafu highlights a similar problem that is probably all too familiar to …

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