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    We’ve seen "get Twitter followers" scams in the past, but a recent one stood out for a very good reason: it actually delivers what it promises—and then some. This scam tries to attract potential victims by using tweets with the phrase “GET MORE F0LL0WERS” and a URL that is apparently from Google. (In this particular case, Google is just used as a redirector to the scammer's site.) It also uses Twitter's Discover feature and trending topics to boost its visibility. It ...

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    Fake Flash player scams have been around for a long time, but remarkably they still haven't gone away. Now, they're targeting users in Turkey. A recent attack that we found starts off with a video link sent to users via Facebook's messaging system (sent in Turkish). This "video" prompts users to install a Flash Player update ; it actually installs a browser extension that blocks access to various antivirus sites. It also sends a link to the "video" to the victim's ...

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    People are seldom an entirely open book. It's common sense and rational to keep some stuff like financial and medical records away from prying eyes. For others, it can be something trivial and silly (say, an embarrassing taste in music) to the more serious (like a traumatic event in one's past). With so many methods of sharing, keeping things private is increasingly becoming more  difficult. Websites and services often ask for personal information and track users' online habits to provide a ...




    Recently, Twitter made public financial statements related to its upcoming initial public offering (IPO). Part of these statements including how many active users it has: Twitter said it has 218 million monthly active users, three-quarters of which have accessed the site from a mobile device. It's not a surprise that some of these users are malicious. What is uncommon is that some of these malicious accounts do try to "engage" with other accounts - even those of security vendors like Trend ...

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    There is one truly remarkable aspect about the social media services that people take for granted: they don't ask their users for anything. You can talk with as many friends, take as many selfies, post as many status messages, all without paying anything. That may be true at face value, but that's not really true. It's said that "if you're not paying for it, you're the product." In the world of social media, that's definitely true. Social media companies all need ...

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