All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Spam’

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 its viewers. Although that spam is still there, you can take comfort in the fact that Instagram knows it sucks …

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Pinterest Begins Site-Wide Spammer Purge

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, and that work has led them to uncover some offending accounts. Starting today, those accounts are being flushed. Besides helping …

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Matt Cutts Talks About Fighting Webspam Around The World

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 to the user-submitted question: Europe is small compared with USA, so will Google get a webspam team for smaller markets? …

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No, You Don’t Have a New Facebook Profile; It’s a Scam

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 track. Sophos’ Naked security blog is tipping Facebook users to a new email spam campaign that’s promising them something new …

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No, Facebook Black Isn’t a Real Thing; You’re Being Scammed

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 interface to a cool, new color if you’re sick of the boring old Facebook blue. Users are now seeing images …

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Facebook Donates $250,000 to UAB Cybercrime Researchers

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 Forensics Research, location at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. That’s CIA|JFR at UAB, for short. CIA|JFR is a “multidisciplinary …

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Malware-Carrying Twitter DMs Push Fake Facebook Links

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 or tagged you in a Facebook video, beware. Clicking on the link could infect your computer with malware. According to …

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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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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 given three options: Undo the removal, report the comment as abuse, or ban the user who posted the comment. AllFacebook …

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Spam’s 75th Birthday: Deep Down, You Know You Love It

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 into their bellies. I have been a fan of the canned ham since I was a child, and because my …

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Android Spam Botnet Could Be the First of Its Kind

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 samples” that were coming from compromised Yahoo! accounts. What was particularly alarming about this discovery was the fact that the …

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Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model?

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 have a lot of benefits. In fact, online advertising is the Internet’s #1 source of revenue. It is for this …

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