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Experts say Spamhaus attack is first of many to come

Experts say Spamhaus attack is first of many to come

Earlier today, we reported on a cyber-battle between two groups that ended up dragging the entire internet along with it. The week-long battle between Spamhaus, an anti-spam group, and Cyberbunker, a web host known for hosting spam sites, led to a "global internet slowdown", and it looks like the battle is long from being over. Spamhaus has no intention to stop until Cyberbunker is brought down.

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Internet slows as historically unprecedented cyber-battle ensues

Internet slows as historically unprecedented cyber-battle ensues

This week you may well have thought your connection to the internet was slowing down - in fact you would be right, and it's not just you! According to security specialists Spamhaus, a multi-national group based in both London and Geneva, there's a war going on outside no one is safe from. The beastly battle between Spamhaus and a supposed nefarious web host by the name of Cyberbunker have resulted in what the former says is a global internet slowdown.

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FTC charges 29 defendants with sending over 180 million spam text messages

FTC charges 29 defendants with sending over 180 million spam text messages

If you've ever received a spam text message offering a free gift card or prize from a popular retailer, it could very well have originated from one of the 29 defendants the FTC has charged with sending over 180 million spam text messages. The text messages alleged that individuals could receive a prize from Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or similar stores for free by providing personal information and applying or subscribing to services.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone, just two more work days to go and then we're at the weekend again. Today we found out that new Nexus 4 orders won't ship for another 4-5 weeks, and that's if you're ordering the 16GB model - those who order the 8GB model might be waiting as long as two months. Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said that Windows Phone sales these days are four times greater than they were in autumn 2011, which is definitely a good sign, while we learned that RIM has lost a big patent case against Nokia in Sweden.

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Facebook terminates fake accounts with extreme prejudice

Facebook terminates fake accounts with extreme prejudice

If you've got a business that has an extraordinary amount of likes on Facebook and have suddenly felt a bit lighter today, you're not alone: the social network has brought out the axe. This week Facebook has begun implementing many of the changes and rules they outlined in a very basic way several weeks ago regarding fake accounts and likes. If you've payed for likes from odd sources or are the sort of person who makes large amounts of fake accounts just to like your own products, you might be in for a wakeup call.

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Dropbox hires outside experts to investigate reports of spam

Dropbox hires outside experts to investigate reports of spam

Dropbox has received a bunch of reports from users claiming that their accounts had been attacked by spam yesterday. The biggest worry now is that an address leak on Dropbox's part may be to blame, considering many of the targeted users had only set up unique and private email addresses only to be used with a Dropbox account. Dropbox has since announced that it had hired a group of outside experts to investigate the possible security breach.

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Google+ now groups spam comments out of sight

Google+ now groups spam comments out of sight

The Google+ social network has added a new feature that helps remove spam comments from your posts so you don't have to read them or deal with them. Since Google+ launched any spam comments left on the public posts simply been grayed out leaving you to delete them or hide them. A new update makes dealing with that spam much easier.

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Kelihos botnet claws its way out of the grave

Kelihos botnet claws its way out of the grave

We have some bad news today for haters of spam everywhere. Apparently, the Kelihos botnet that Microsoft and Kaspersky Lab shutdown in September 2011 is making a comeback. The botnet is spamming once again. The botnet was able to infect 45,000 computers before being shutdown and was sending out 4 billion spam messages a day. The spam messages flooded the web with promotions for porn, illegal drugs, and other scams.

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