BBC: ‘Why I write fake online reviews’

BBC: ‘Why I write fake online reviews’. “‘I’ve learned never to rely on reviews for anything,’ says Iain Taylor, from East Sussex. In his spare time and to supplement his income, the 44-year-old says he writes fake reviews online in exchange for money and free products. ‘I have written reviews from numbing creams to eBooks to downloadable independent films,’ he says. ‘I think it’s bad – but I think everyone’s doing it,’ says Mr Taylor, describing himself as ‘cynical’.”

Krebs on Security: ‘Land Lordz’ Service Powers Airbnb Scams

Krebs on Security: ‘Land Lordz’ Service Powers Airbnb Scams. “Scammers who make a living swindling Airbnb.com customers have a powerful new tool at their disposal: A software-as-a-service offering called ‘Land Lordz,’ which helps automate the creation and management of fake Airbnb Web sites and the sending of messages to advertise the fraudulent listings.”

KFGO: U.S. senators introduce social media bill to ban ‘dark patterns’ tricks

KFGO: U.S. senators introduce social media bill to ban ‘dark patterns’ tricks. “Two U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies like Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data. The bill from Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Deb Fischer, a Republican, would also ban online platforms with more than 100 million monthly active users from designing addicting games or other websites for children under age 13.”

CBR Online: This Dark Web Store Deals in “Digital Doppelgangers” – Unique Chromium Plugin, Anti Fraud-Busting Tools

CBR Online: This Dark Web Store Deals in “Digital Doppelgangers” – Unique Chromium Plugin, Anti Fraud-Busting Tools. “Criminals behind a shop on the Dark Web that is trading over 60,000 ‘digital identities’ have developed a wide range of sophisticated tools to help users bypass machine learning-based anti-fraud systems, researchers at Kaspersky Lab say. Customers using Genesis marketplace can purchase unique ‘digital masks’, or hijack those of legitimate online shoppers; piggybacking on the behavioural characteristics of innocent users to circumvent anti-fraud software, the company said.”

Press-Herald: Scammers peddling bogus tax breaks find traction on Facebook

Press-Herald: Scammers peddling bogus tax breaks find traction on Facebook. “Hundreds of ads on Facebook promised U.S. homeowners that they were eligible for huge state tax breaks if they installed new solar-energy panels. There was just one catch: None of it was true. The scam ads used photos of nearly every U.S. governor — and sometimes President Trump — to claim that with new, lucrative tax incentives, people might actually make money by installing solar technology on their homes. Facebook users only needed to enter their addresses, email, utility information and phone number to find out more. Those incentives don’t exist.”

News1130: Israeli group finds fake pro-Netanyahu social media accounts

News1130: Israeli group finds fake pro-Netanyahu social media accounts. “An Israeli watchdog says it’s found a network of social media bots disseminating messages in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of next week’s elections. Two researchers operating the Big Bots Project said Monday they uncovered hundreds of fake accounts spreading messages in support of Netanyahu’s Likud party and smearing his opponents.”

TechCrunch: 20 years for swatter who got a man killed

TechCrunch: 20 years for swatter who got a man killed . “Tyler Barriss, a prolific and seemingly unremorseful repeat swatter and bomb hoaxer whose fakery got a man killed in 2017, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. This hopefully closes the book on a long and disturbing career of random and mercenary harassment and threats.”