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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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Path “Find Friends” blocked by Facebook for suspicious spam

Path “Find Friends” blocked by Facebook for suspicious spam

Facebook has blocked Path's access to its social graph due to Path's recent spam debacle. This will prevent Path from being able to access the social network's "Find Friends" feature, meaning the app won't be able to spam your contacts list with invites. However, users will still be able to login to Path via Facebook and they will still be able to share their content onto their walls.

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Path’s unwanted messaging tactics have users yelling spam

Path’s unwanted messaging tactics have users yelling spam

You may recall back in February when Path ran afoul of the FTC for its much-criticized habit of collecting users' contact information sans permission. The FTC smacked them with a $800,000 fine for what it said was violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act due to the app pulling some information from those under the age of 13. A day shy of 3 months later and the app is in hot water again, this time with its users who say one of Path's features amounts to spam.

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Hacker attack arrest pins Spamhaus incident on Dutchman

Hacker attack arrest pins Spamhaus incident on Dutchman

This week an arrest was made in Spain of a man suspected of taking part in a major hacker attack that earlier this year attacked the organization known as Spamhaus. The Spamhaus Project attack was reported as one that would have an epic scale, said by the spam group themselves to have slowed the internet due to support by many high-ranking assistant webpages. It was later contested as a smaller attack than suggested by Spamhaus, but the results remain: arrests are being made.

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Authorities investigate CyberBunker “minister” over cyber attacks

Authorities investigate CyberBunker “minister” over cyber attacks

The authorities in the Netherlands and other countries are currently investigating a man whom they say is at the center of the recent cyber attacks against Spamhaus, an anti-spam group. Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who calls himself the "Minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker", started a war against Spamhaus because the anti-spam group blacklisted two of Kamphuis's companies, CB3ROB and CyberBunker.

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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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