The Register: Office Depot, OfficeMax, Support.com cough up $35m after charging folks millions in ‘fake’ malware cleanup fees

The Register: Office Depot, OfficeMax, Support.com cough up $35m after charging folks millions in ‘fake’ malware cleanup fees. “Office Depot and Support.com have coughed up $35m after they were accused of lying to people that their PCs were infected with malware in order to charge them cleanup fees.”

Search Engine Land: The majority of listings for car accident attorneys on Google are fake

Search Engine Land: The majority of listings for car accident attorneys on Google are fake. “If you work with attorneys, you may have noticed recently that there is a massive amount of spam that seems to be growing like weeds in Google’s local results. Let me explain what I mean. This was a search done earlier this week in a prominent zip code in Manhattan, New York. All three of these listings in the three-pack are fake.”

AdAge: Facebook Stopped A Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah In The Midterms

AdAge: Facebook Stopped A Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah In The Midterms. “One day in mid-October at 11:24 a.m., an alert went off in Facebook’s election War Room. Political news in a Utah congressional district wasn’t coming from inside the U.S.—a mismatch Facebook had tuned its software algorithms to detect. A data scientist in the election-monitoring center at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, inspected the activity manually and discovered, at 11:47 a.m., that the source spreading the content was an ad farm in Bangladesh. Ten minutes later, an operations specialist removed all the suspect activity.”

City A.M.: Google removed 2.3bn ‘bad ads’ last year in fight against fake news and fraud

City A.M.: Google removed 2.3bn ‘bad ads’ last year in fight against fake news and fraud. “Google removed 2.3bn ads last year for violating its policies on fraud and misinformation, the company said today. The total number of ads removed, which equates to roughly 75 ads per second, is almost 1bn lower than last year.”

Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets (Snopes)

Snopes: Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets. “Some stories practically write themselves, the details simple and clear. This investigation, spurred by a reader’s tip, was no such story. In collaboration with reporter Bethania Palma and operations staffers Vinny Green and Chris Reilly, lead reporter Alex Kasprak spent weeks untangling the reality behind a group of entities posing as newspapers in key battleground states going into the 2020 election. Even if you’re jaded by the torrent of daily headlines, including Russian meddling in U.S. election processes, you will want to spend some time with this story.”