TechCrunch: Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned . “Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November and threatening the accounts of people who employ them.”
CNET: Chrome will block annoying, spammy ads globally starting July 9. “Google’s Chrome browser this summer will start blocking those annoying ads around the globe. Chrome will protect users from intrusive ads in any country starting on July 9, according to Google’s Chromium blog. It’s an expansion to an ad-blocking feature launched in February last year that initially focused on sites in North America and Europe. “
How-To Geek: [Updated] Google Drive Has a Serious Spam Problem, But Google Says a Fix is Coming. “Google Drive’s sharing system is the problem. Since it doesn’t offer any sharing acceptance, all files and folders shared with your account are automatically available to you in Drive—they just show up. To make matters worse, if you only have ‘View’ permission, you can’t remove yourself from the share. It’s a mess. And to make matters even worse, this is far from a new problem, but Google still hasn’t done anything to fix it.” The article has been updated with a statement from Google saying it’s going to be fixed.
Neowin: YouTubers may see a decline in subscriptions as Google tackles spam on the platform . “The YouTube team has announced that it will be removing spam subscriptions from channels on its platform over the next couple of days. The move is part of a regular check-up to make sure that channel subscriptions are not inflated by spam tools. The company says it’s using ‘industry-leading techniques and proprietary technology’ to determine which followers are fake.”
The Register: Spammer scum hack 100,000 home routers via UPnP vulns to craft email-flinging botnet . “Once again, a hundred thousand or more home routers have been press-ganged into a spam-spewing botnet, this time via Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). According to brainiacs from 360 Netlab, the malware exploits vulnerabilities in a Broadcom UPnP implementation to infect vulnerable gateways, and that means a load of router manufacturers are affected because their kit uses that technology.”
Wired: Facebook Notification Spam Has Crossed The Line. “FACEBOOK HAS ALWAYS nudged truant users back to its platform though emails and notifications. But recently, those prods have evolved beyond comments related to activity on your own profile. Now Facebook will nag you when an acquaintance comments on someone else’s photo, or when a distant family member updates their status. The spamming has even extended to those who sign up for two-factor authentication—which is a great way to turn people off to that extra layer of security.”