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Virus Bulletin Backs Gmail Security Claims, Says Yahoo, Outlook.com Have Problems Virus Bulletin Backs Gmail Security Claims, Says Yahoo, Outlook.com Have Problems
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Virus Bulletin has put out a report saying that its own data supports recent security claims made by Google about Gmail. Last week, Google put out a blog post claiming to have substantially reduced the amount of compromised accounts. The …

Google Shares Stats About Its Spam Messages Google Shares Stats About Its Spam Messages
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Google has released a new Webmaster Help video. This time, Matt Cutts shares some statistics about the messages it sends webmasters. The video is a response to this user-submitted question: You’ve been sending us various kinds of messages via WMT …

Facebook ‘Gold’ Hoax Returns with the Added Bonus of a Privacy Scare Facebook ‘Gold’ Hoax Returns with the Added Bonus of a Privacy Scare

A new Facebook hoax that’s circulating around the network suggests that users need to upgrade to a “Gold” level membership status in order to avoid having their private info leaked for all to see. Hoax-Slayer first spotted the hoax. Here’s …

Google Talks About Phone Number Spam Again Google Talks About Phone Number Spam Again

Nearly a year ago, Google’s Matt Cutts took to Google+ to discuss phone number spam. “I wanted to clarify a quick point: when people search for a phone number and land on a page like the one below, it’s not …

Matt Cutts Talks Referer Spam In Latest Video Matt Cutts Talks Referer Spam In Latest Video
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Google’s Matt Cutts is back online, and cranking out the Webmaster Help videos. He tweeted a link to the second of the latest series today, and this one is about referer spam coming from a YouTube video. The user-submitted question …

Congrats Everyone, We’re Winning the Battle Against Spam Congrats Everyone, We’re Winning the Battle Against Spam
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Have you noticed that you’ve been receiving less emails about cheap, offshore financial opportunities and penis pills? No, spammers haven’t just decided to leave you alone. What you’re seeing is the decline of spam emails in general, worldwide. Kaspersky Lab …

Facebook Puts $100 Price on Messaging Zuckerberg Facebook Puts $100 Price on Messaging Zuckerberg
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What would you be willing to pay to ensure that a message you sent someone on Facebook reached their inbox? I mean their real inbox – not that “other” message folder that houses all the spam. Would you pay a …

Facebook Tests Paid Messages That Are Guaranteed to Reach Users’ Inboxes Facebook Tests Paid Messages That Are Guaranteed to Reach Users’ Inboxes
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Facebook has been doing a lot as of late to improve their Messages product and to encourage more people to use it. Back in August, Facebook totally redesigned the look of Messages on desktop, giving it a new side-by-side view …

Instagram Knows It’s Spammy, Says It’s Working on It Instagram Knows It’s Spammy, Says It’s Working on It

If you are a frequent Instagram user, you’ve probably run into your fair share of spam. Any popular photo on the service is routinely inundated with spammy comments – something that is an annoyance to both the photo’s poster and …

Pinterest Begins Site-Wide Spammer Purge Pinterest Begins Site-Wide Spammer Purge
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Pinterest is saying goodbye to spam with a site-wide purge of what they called “suspicious, fake or spammy accounts.” The social network says that their spam team has been hard at work identifying the sources of spam on the site, …

Matt Cutts Talks About Fighting Webspam Around The World Matt Cutts Talks About Fighting Webspam Around The World
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Google put out a new Webmaster Help video today. This time Matt Cutts talks about the company’s efforts to fight webspam on a global scale, as opposed to just in the U.S. and in English. The video was a response …

No, You Don’t Have a New Facebook Profile; It’s a Scam No, You Don’t Have a New Facebook Profile; It’s a Scam
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Another day, another email scam that uses Facebook to trick unsuspecting users into visiting a shady pharmaceutical site. If the word “another” is confusing you, let’s just say that this style of scam isn’t making its first lap around the …

No, Facebook Black Isn’t a Real Thing; You’re Being Scammed No, Facebook Black Isn’t a Real Thing; You’re Being Scammed
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As more and more people join social networks like Facebook and Twitter, it only gets easier for scam artists to pick off a few non-discerning users. The latest scam that’s making its way across Facebook offers to change your user …

Facebook Donates $250,000 to UAB Cybercrime Researchers Facebook Donates $250,000 to UAB Cybercrime Researchers
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, and in light of that Facebook has just made a sizable donation to one of the country’s best cybercrime research programs. Facebook has donated $250,000 to The Center for Information Assurance and Joint …

Malware-Carrying Twitter DMs Push Fake Facebook Links Malware-Carrying Twitter DMs Push Fake Facebook Links
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Twitter users need to be on the lookout for a new round of malware-carrying spam messages that are coming from compromised accounts, possibly even from Twitter profiles they trust. If you receive a direct message suggesting that someone has posted …

Facebook Goes After Fraudulent Likes Facebook Goes After Fraudulent Likes
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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 …

Facebook Page Admins Lose Option To Mark Comments As Spam Facebook Page Admins Lose Option To Mark Comments As Spam

Facebook page admins have lost the ability to mark comments on their pages as spam, as they now only have options to remove is entirely and deal with the user from there. Now, when admins remove a comment, they are …

Spam’s 75th Birthday: Deep Down, You Know You Love It
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Spam’s 75th birthday is a cause for celebration. Seriously! Anyone who has a complete and utter disregard for the edible substances they stuff into their gaping maws can attest to the incomparable joy associated with jamming this delicious mystery meat …

Android Spam Botnet Could Be the First of Its Kind Android Spam Botnet Could Be the First of Its Kind
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Android users, take note: There’s a malicious botnet currently in operation that could be using your device to send out bogus spam emails to thousands of unsuspecting individuals. The discovery was made by a Microsoft researcher who unearthed several “spam …

Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model? Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model?
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It’s no secret that most consumers aren’t exactly fond of online ads, especially pop-up ones. While there are some very “bad ads” that could result in serious damage to consumers, a lot of online advertisements are perfectly safe and actually …

Reddit Responds to Domain Ban Backlash Reddit Responds to Domain Ban Backlash
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Yesterday it was reported that some publications began criticizing Reddit, the democratized social sharing forum, for banning certain domains from being posted to its website. The banned domains included respected publications such as The Atlantic and Phys.org. The reason for …