The Register: Be wary of emails with links to … er, Google Drive? Is that right . “Spammers are increasingly turning to common file-sharing and object storage services such as Google Drive and Microsoft Azure, in an attempt to evade ever-better corporate filters.”
How-To Geek: How Email Bombing Uses Spam to Hide an Attack. “If you suddenly start receiving an endless stream of junk email, perhaps asking for confirmation of a subscription, you’re the victim of email bombing. The perpetrator is probably trying to hide their real goal, so here’s what to do.”
Search Engine Journal: Google Reportedly Tolerated Spam on Non-Search Products. “An Ex-Googler who was product manager of Blogger from 2003-2006 revealed that Google tolerated spam on it’s network. He said that resources were devoted to fight spam on the Search side but not for Blogger spam.”
Mashable: Twitter wants you to cut it out with all those follow backs. “The social media platform famous for Russian bots and harassment announced on April 8 that it has finally had it up to *here* with spammers and is going to take a small step to partially rectify the situation. That’s right, as of now you can only follow 400 accounts per day.” Twitter continues to arrange its deck chairs into lovely patterns.
Social Media Today: Periscope Launches Increased Action Against Fake Engagement and Activity. “As explained on the Periscope blog, the platform has revised its definition of spam to now cover ‘any bulk, aggressive, or deceptive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Periscope or the experience of users on Periscope.’ “
Mashable: Twitter suspends accounts that sell automated follow/unfollow services. “Twitter has suspended three prominent social media companies that enable clients to rapidly follow and unfollow accounts using the Twitter API. This is a popular strategy for increasing followers, but a practice that’s largely seen as spammy.”
CNET: Americans were slammed with more than 26 billion robocalls last year. “If you got a call from a number you didn’t recognize last year (odds are, you got a few of those) it was likely part of the 26.3 billion robocalls made in the US in 2018, according to a report from Hiya. That breaks down to an average of 10 monthly calls per person.” I was at my grandmother’s today and just in that period of time she got three. So this seems low.