Bleeping Computer: Beware of Google Alert Links Leading to Malware and Scams

Bleeping Computer: Beware of Google Alert Links Leading to Malware and Scams. “Google Alerts is s useful service that allows you to receive emails or an updated RSS feed when new pages appear in the Google search index that are related to specified keywords you are following. Unfortunately, whenever there is a good thing, people try to take advantage of them to push users towards scams and malware.”

Naked Security: Instagram phish poses as copyright infringement warning – don’t click!

Naked Security: Instagram phish poses as copyright infringement warning – don’t click!. “Last month, we wrote about an Instagram scam that presented you with what looked like a two-factor authentication (2FA) code. This time, the crooks are tapping into a concern that many of us have – falling foul of copyright law.”

CNET: Hackers set up a fake veteran-hiring website to infect victims with malware

CNET: Hackers set up a fake veteran-hiring website to infect victims with malware. “A website pretending to help find jobs for US military veterans was found to be infecting their computers with malware, Cisco Talos said Tuesday. The website was called hiremilitaryheroes.com, a Talos blog post said, and asked users to download a fake installer app that deployed malware and malicious spying tools.”

WTVD: Social media users falling for fake brand ambassador offers

WTVD: Social media users falling for fake brand ambassador offers. “The Better Business Bureau says companies are contacting people and asking if they are interested in becoming a ‘brand ambassador’ or influencer. They claim all the job requires is for the person to post pictures or videos of themselves using or wearing the company’s products and in exchange, they will get a commission, free products or more exposure for their account.”

New Zealand Herald: Google hosting more ads that break its own rules

New Zealand Herald: Google hosting more ads that break its own rules. “Google says it’s working to improve as it’s found to be hosting more ads that are ripping off New Zealanders in breach of its own policy. Kiwis making their first steps in the confusing process of applying for a US travel visa also have to wade through a sea of ads on Google offering the service for a marked-up price.”

Mashable: The 7 best Tumblr scams of all time

Be warned, this is a family-sized bucket of bugnuts. Mashable: The 7 best Tumblr scams of all time . “For me, and at least a few others, it’s hard to leave the bizarrely unique social sphere of a site like Tumblr. The news that Verizon recently sold the website to Automattic (the owners of WordPress) barely fazed us. There are legitimate reasons why we’ve stuck around for so long, most of all for the personal, tight-knit community early internet message boards and fan sites were known for. It’s almost like a semi-private group chat, where you can be out as LGBTQ, hyperfixate on weird shit, and openly kin Naruto (do not ask). The nature of the Tumblr ‘bubble’ also allows a lot of messed-up shit to breed like crazy.”