Ars Technica: There’s a reason your inbox has more malicious spam—Emotet is back

Ars Technica: There’s a reason your inbox has more malicious spam—Emotet is back. “Emotet, the world’s most costly and destructive botnet, returned from a five-month hiatus on Friday with a blast of malicious spam aimed at spreading a backdoor that installs ransomware, bank-fraud trojans, and other nasty malware.”

The Register: Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers

The Register: Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers . “More than 240 website subdomains belonging to organizations large and small, including household names, were hijacked to redirect netizens to malware, X-rated material, online gambling, and other unexpected content.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Finds Over 25 Billion Spammy Pages Every Day

Search Engine Journal: Google Finds Over 25 Billion Spammy Pages Every Day. “Google’s efforts to keep spam out of search results are detailed in the company’s annual webspam report, published today. According to the report, over 99% of Google’s search results are spam-free, and the company goes to great lengths to keep it that way.”

CNET: Byte has a bot problem after just two days

CNET: Byte has a bot problem after just two days. “Byte, the 6-second video app meant to fill the Vine-shaped hole in our hearts, reportedly has a bot problem just days after its release. The app was released on Friday for iPhone and Android, but users quickly returned with complaints about multiple bot-generated spam comments being left on their posts, according to a Sunday blog post from co-founder Dom Hoffman.”

Search Engine Journal: Machine Learning Spam in Google

Search Engine Journal: Machine Learning Spam in Google. “Spammers are taking advantage of machine learning technologies to automatically create video content from web pages and vice versa. The same technology can be used to create text content from podcasts and podcast content from web pages. This isn’t theory, it’s currently live on Google. Can Google keep up with machine learning spam?”

SEO Roundtable: Google Video Spam Through Text-To-Speech Technology

SEO Roundtable: Google Video Spam Through Text-To-Speech Technology. “Roger Montti posted on Twitter that he is seeing more and more spammers using a technique to spam Google through videos. In short, the spammers would find the top ranking content, use text-to-speech software to create automated videos of the content, while using the featured image as the background to the video. Then those videos would rank in Google search.”

Ars Technica: Congress passes legislation expanding robocall penalties

Ars Technica: Congress passes legislation expanding robocall penalties. “The US Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that aims to end the scourge of robocalls. The TRACED Act had already passed the House of Representatives, so it’s now headed to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.”

Neowin: Google introduces Verified SMS and spam detection in Android Messages

Neowin: Google introduces Verified SMS and spam detection in Android Messages. “This new feature will verify whether a specified message is truly from a business. This feature is rolling out in nine countries for now: the U.S., India, Mexico, Brazil, the UK, France, Philippines, Spain, and Canada, but more countries will be added over time.”

The House and Senate finally agree on something: Robocalls (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch: The House and Senate finally agree on something: Robocalls. “In these times of political strife, it’s nice that despite our differences we can still band together as a nation in the face of a catastrophe that affects us all equally. I speak, of course, of robocalls, and it seems that the House and Senate have put their differences aside for the present in order to collaborate on a law combating this scourge.”

Engadget: Google is working on a fix for malicious Calendar spam

Engadget: Google is working on a fix for malicious Calendar spam. “Since at least May of this year, malicious individuals have been sending Gmail users unsolicited Calendar invites. The scam takes advantage of the fact most people have their Google accounts set to automatically add and notify them of Calendar invites. Since these invites can include an accompanying URL, scammers will use Calendar as a Trojan Horse to get individuals onto a phishing website. With the summer winding down, Google now says it’s working on a fix for the oversight.”

Engadget: TrickBot malware may have hacked 250 million email accounts

Engadget: TrickBot malware may have hacked 250 million email accounts. “TrickBot malware may have stolen as many as 250 million email accounts, including some belonging to governments in the US, UK and Canada. The malware isn’t new. In fact, it’s been circulating since 2016. But according to cybersecurity firm Deep Instinct, it has started harvesting email credentials and contacts.”