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Articles tagged with: spam

Google Responds To Account Deletion Controversy

Google’s newest social networking project has recently been hit by a controversy which refers to the deletion of user and organization accounts from Google+.

Google’s senior vice president of engineering, Vic Gundotra said that there had been some mistakes while doing the first pass and that they are learning. He also said that the Google+ team is changing the way of communicating with people which means that Google will now issue warnings to people prior to deletion of their account.

Google Plus Runs Out Of Space And Spams Users

In a quick succession, several Google Plus users were bombarded with multiple email notifications spamming their inbox due to a coding error after which the service that kept track of Google Plus notification system ran out of disk space.

Since its launching in a limited field test two weeks ago, Google Plus has captured “millions” of users. The social party began with mostly tech journalists and tech insiders, before Google had to shut down invites. Google briefly re-opened the social network to the public last Thursday.

Twitter Sues Twiter.com For Deception

It’s not unusual to hear about similar-sounding domain names to exist, but Twiter.com is one that, not only sounds similar to the service but offers a similar service, seeking to trick people into giving personal information about themselves.

The faux site doesn’t download any malicious software to the victim’s computer but instead gathers information after users sign up. Also, once the user has signed up, offers are then made for free “prizes” such as iPads and Macbooks, and continue to spam the heck out of whoever signed up.

Fake Mobile Anti-Virus Scanner On The Loose

There is a mobile anti-virus scanner on the loose that is posing as a cure-all for malware, but is in fact the exact thing it is supposed to fix. The program reports that it has identified two threats in the cellphone of the victim and pretends that is has encountered an error while trying to fix. The program then provides the user with an error code as a reference to the error scenario. Before this all happens of course, a user will first launch the “scanner” to be displayed a friendly user-interface.

Facebook Spammer Ordered To Pay $360.5 Million

A spammer who hacked more than 116,000 Facebook accounts and sent more than 7.2 million spam messages to its users has been ordered to pay Facebook $360 million dollars for his actions. The court permanently blocked Philip Porembski and his company, PP Web Services LLC, from using the site and granted punitive damages.

According to the complaint, the spammer obtained the user’s information with out authorization and would send spam messages to redirect them to sites which paid affiliate commissions once opened. Essentially some of the spam messages directed users to phishing sites that stole their usernames and passwords, while others made money for Porembski every time someone clicked on its links.