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Phishing scams 45% successful according to Google study

Phishing scams 45% successful according to Google study

You would think that we've been taught and warned enough to recognize the signs of phishing attempts, those emails and websites designed to trick us into entering usernames and passwords for things like email, Facebook, and online banking, often designed to look authentic, but still not appearing quite right. Well, it turns out a number of internet users are still falling victim to such scams. A very large number of users, according to a study from Google and the University of California, San Diego.

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Gmail gets official “Unsubscribe” button

Gmail gets official “Unsubscribe” button

Now that we’ve got non-latin character support, Gmail is officially doing us another big favor. If you’ve ever signed up for a newsletter, only to find yourself inundated with daily roundups of stuff you don’t care to know about, Gmail can now unsubscribe you with a single click.

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AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

If you’ve been receiving odd emails from an AOL email address, you’re not alone. A massive hack led to many accounts being compromised, used to send out spammy emails that included catchy headlines and suspect links. AOL has issued a response, saying their investigation ingot he matter is ongoing, and users should take steps to protect themselves.

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Snapchat spam glut is being worked on, promises company

Snapchat spam glut is being worked on, promises company

Following security warnings and the eventual massive leaking of Snapchat usernames and numbers, the disappearing-messages service has been experiencing a glut of spam, something users have been reporting in great enough numbers to prompt a blog post update today. Says the company, the onslaught of unwanted messages isn't likely the result of its Find Friends debacle, and that the issue is being worked on.

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NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

The radio frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in ID badges for this year's New York Comic Con were used to spam attendees' Twitter accounts the moment they walked into the Javits Center. The spam took the form of overly enthusiastic tweets like "#NYCC is the Best Four Days of my Year!" and "So much pop culture to digest! Can’t. handle. the. awesome.", followed by a link to the NYCC page on Facebook. Attendees were not warned ahead of time about this, and the spamming was intentional.

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Spam leader’s arrest gives look into the world of junk mail and scams

Spam leader’s arrest gives look into the world of junk mail and scams

We've all received spam mail at one point or another, with spam comments being the more common variety for those who run a website. The emails and comments focus on a wide range of offerings: sensationalist claims, cheap pharmaceuticals, and non-existent lotteries. Now one of the men behind this illicit industry, Igor A. Artimovich, has been arrested, giving us a look into what goes into spam generation.

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Path in hot water as sharing blitz hits grandparents landline phones

Path in hot water as sharing blitz hits grandparents landline phones

This week the folks at Path are dealing with a bit of controversy surrounding a search strategists' run-in with the social network aggregator. The story comes originally from user Branded3, who after testing the mobile app out, found several of his contacts - personal and professional - letting him know that they'd been getting more than a reasonable amount of "shares" from him via Path. In several cases it would seem landline phone numbers were called as Path's search through Branded3's Facebook friends contact info was shared to indiscriminately.

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