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  • Scam tool in use.

    Google announces new scam detection tools that provide real-time alerts during phone calls

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    05.14.2024

    Google just announced forthcoming scam detection tools coming to Android phones later this year. It provides real-time alerts.

  • The seal of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seen before an FCC meeting to vote on net neutrality in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    FCC issues record $300 million fine for auto warranty robocallers

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    08.03.2023

    After a months-long investigation, the FCC has decided to go ahead with its proposed record-setting $300 million fine against “the largest illegal robocall operation” the agency had ever encountered. This is the largest fine ever issued by the FCC, due to the massive scope and illegality of the robocalling operation.

  • Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)  (GRAMMYS-ARRIVALS)

    Scammers used AI-generated Frank Ocean songs to steal thousands of dollars

    by 
    Will Shanklin
    Will Shanklin
    05.10.2023

    More AI-generated music mimicking a famous artist has made the rounds — while making lots of money for the scammer passing it off as genuine. A collection of fake Frank Ocean songs sold for a reported $13,000 CAD last month on a music-leaking forum devoted to the Grammy-winning singer.

  • Screenshots of Match Group dating app Hinge.

    Hinge is adding video identity verification to combat scam accounts and catfishing

    by 
    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    10.25.2022

    Selfie Verification will prompt users to upload a video of themselves to confirm they look like the person pictured in their profile.

  • Kharkiv, Ukraine - March 10, 2019:bitcoin symbol on ten dollars background. cryptocurrency technologies concept. virtual money with real life.

    US Treasury asks regulators to take more action against crypto scams

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    09.19.2022

    The Treasury has called on federal regulators to further crack down against crypto scams.

  • WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) speaks during a news conference about the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act on Capitol Hill July 28, 2022 in Washington, DC.  A procedural vote to advance the bill, which would expand health care access for military veterans who became ill after being exposed to toxic burn pits, failed to pass in the Senate on Wednesday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Senate committee chair grills Apple, Google over protection against crypto app scams

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    07.28.2022

    A Senate committee chair has asked the CEOs of Apple and Google to explain what they do to fight crypto app fraud.

  • bored ape NFT blockchain, non fungible token bored ape face.  NFT artwork conceptual

    Traders are selling themselves their own NFTs to drive up prices

    by 
    Amrita Khalid
    Amrita Khalid
    02.04.2022

    Traders are selling themselves their own NFTs to drive up prices, according to a new report by Chainalysis.

  • App Store icon displayed on a phone screen is seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on July 18, 2021.  (Photo Ilustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    Apple makes it easier to report bad apps and scams

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    10.04.2021

    Following reports that revealed that a significant percentage of top App Store apps were scams, Apple is allowing users to report such behavior.

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. The FCC is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS LOGO)

    T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have taken steps to reduce spoofed scam calls

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    07.01.2021

    All three major US carriers have met the deadline to implement the FCC's new anti-spoofing protocol designed to protect users from scam caller impersonation.

  • Adelaide, Australia - September 23, 2013: Clicking the App Store icon on the new ipad running iOS 7. iOS 7 is the foundation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It comes with a collection of apps and useful features. The iOS 7 update features a redesigned interface and hundreds of new features.

    Report suggests two percent of the top 1,000 App Store titles were scams

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    06.07.2021

    A report suggests two percent of the top 1,000 App Store titles were scams, including VPNs, dating apps and QR readers.

  • Screenshot of a PayPal invoice scam.

    PayPal has a fraud problem

    by 
    Dana Wollman
    Dana Wollman
    08.31.2020

    A string of 'invoice' scams suggests PayPal isn't doing enough to prevent fraud.

  • Twitter Bitcoin hack

    Twitter's Bitcoin hackers had almost limitless access

    by 
    Violet Blue
    Violet Blue
    07.17.2020

    Imagine getting the keys to the Twitter kingdom -- access to all the account admin panels in the world. What would you do? If you're any kind of seasoned attacker, you wouldn't blow your own cover by tweeting from the world's biggest accounts -- for a bitcoin scam.

  • Close up of silhouetted male hand typing on laptop keyboard

    Two Nigerians face US charges over online fraud worth 'hundreds of millions'

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    07.04.2020

    Two Nigerians have been sent to the US to face charges over massive online fraud schemes.

  • Facebook Messenger's scam alerts.

    Facebook Messenger adds pop-ups to warn users about scams

    by 
    Karissa Bell
    Karissa Bell
    05.21.2020

    Facebook wants to make it harder for scammers to trick unsuspecting users on Messenger.

  • WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and commissioners Michael O'Rielly, Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology Subcommittee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. All five of the FCC commissioners testified before the subcommittee, which is tasked with oversight of the commission. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    FCC proposal would help fight one-ring call scams

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    04.28.2020

    The FCC may allow voice service providers to block one-ring robocall scams.

  • Facebook

    Facebook’s new Messenger hub shares tips for staying connected virtually

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    03.26.2020

    Today, Facebook launched a new "Messenger Coronavirus Community Hub," which so far basically just explains how people, communities and businesses can use Messenger to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic. If you already use Messenger, this isn't going to introduce any groundbreaking ideas or features. Instead, the hub will provide tips like how parents and educators, for example, can host virtual playdates or use voice and video calls to check in on students and colleagues.

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    Porn bots are now storming Twitter's trending topics

    by 
    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    08.21.2019

    Instagram isn't the only social media app being invaded by porn bots. Now they're on Twitter, too. For the past few days, as I was scrolling through Twitter's trending section, I noticed a number of accounts showing similar behavior as the bots that have taken over Instagram comments. But, whereas on Instagram they're leaving messages like "We gonna ignore the fact that I've GOT A HUGE BOOTY?" or "DON'T LOOK at my STORY, if you don't want to M A S T U R B A T E !" on Twitter the spam also includes pictures of women in bikinis and a bunch of words relevant to topics currently trending on Twitter. And they're even more brazen in their attempts to lure in gullible readers, with messages like "I moan very much during sex, if this does not scare you, call me on whatsapp."

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    Instagram’s 'huge booty' problem keeps getting worse

    by 
    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    08.06.2019

    There isn't a day when I don't come across comments from bots on Instagram. They're all over the place. But there's nothing they love more than to spam high-profile pages with millions of followers. Whether it's LeBron James, Kim Kardashian, ESPN or Ariana Grande, their posts are often the target of comments such as "We gonna ignore the fact that I've GOT A HUGE BOOTY?" or "DON'T LOOK at my STORY, if you don't want to M A S T U R B A T E !" Behind these, are fake accounts featuring pictures and videos of naked and half-naked women, whose primary goal is to get people to sign up for shady porn sites. This has become a serious problem for Instagram, one that seems to be getting worse by the day and that the company needs to get a handle on, before it gets more out of control.

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    Drake sparks hundreds of fake eBay listings for Steph Curry's hair lint

    by 
    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    05.31.2019

    Aubrey Graham, better known to the world as Drake, is basically a human meme. He has this uncanny ability to make people on the internet want to turn anything he does into viral content. Drake also happens to be an ultimate troll. Last night, during game one of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, he exchanged some words with superstar Steph Curry. As that was happening, Drake seemingly took a moment to pull lint out of Curry's hair. That may seem strange, but you should know that Drake has Curry's number tattooed on his arm. Yes, even though he's a Raptors fan. After the game, which the Raptors won, Drake then had an exchange with another Warriors player: Draymond Green, who was on the receiving end of something along the lines of "you're trash."

  • Edgar Alvarez/Engadget

    Bots have invaded Instagram comments

    by 
    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    04.19.2019

    The last thing I expected to find on Instagram was someone telling me not to look at their Story if I didn't want to masturbate. But that comment, which I can only assume was intended reverse psychology, wasn't just directed at me. It was left on a post from Sky Sports and, thanks to the thousands of likes garnered by the comment, it was the first thing the account's 2.7 million followers would see when they looked at the comments on that picture. There are similar comments all over Instagram, particularly on high-profile pages with millions of followers. And they have one thing in common: They're spam profiles with pictures and videos of naked and half-naked women, which were created to get you to look at their accounts and then have you sign up for shady pornographic sites.