Department of Justice: India-based VoIP provider and its director indicted for facilitating millions of scam robocalls to Americans

Department of Justice: India-based VoIP provider and its director indicted for facilitating millions of scam robocalls to Americans . “A first-of-its-kind indictment was unsealed today against Indian-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider, E Sampark, and its Director, Gaurav Gupta, who pushed out tens of millions of scam calls to American consumers on behalf of India-based phone scammers. Pursuant to a consent permanent injunction, a federal court has also ordered a Florida-based server farm to stop providing E Sampark and Gupta with servers used to help perpetuate the fraud scheme. The consent permanent injunction seeks to prevent E Sampark and Gupta from further victimizing U.S. consumers through the use of the servers located in Florida.”

CBC: Homicide victim found in burnt-out SUV ID’d as man behind spam-email empire who dodged $12.8M lawsuit

CBC: Homicide victim found in burnt-out SUV ID’d as man behind spam-email empire who dodged $12.8M lawsuit. “More than three years after his death, a man who was shot dead and found in a burnt-out SUV near Squamish, B.C., has been identified as a U.S. citizen known for spreading racist, neo-Nazi ideologies and for a massive spam email campaign that led to a $12.8-million US lawsuit. Police found Davis Wolfgang Hawke dead on the Cheekye Forest Road, off the Sea to Sky Highway east of Paradise Valley, around 9:30 a.m. on June 14, 2017. Officers had been called about a burnt, red 2000 GMC Yukon XL on the side of the road.”

[Update: Statement] PSA: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides comments being abused to send spam emails (9to5 Google)

9to5 Google: [Update: Statement] PSA: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides comments being abused to send spam emails. “Have you received an email about a new comment in a Google Docs or other Google Workspace file you don’t recognize? Do not click the included link, as it’s likely part of a new source of spam emails that are abusing comments in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.”

The Register: UK privacy watchdog confirms probe into NHS England COVID-19 app after complaints of spammy emails, texts

The Register: UK privacy watchdog confirms probe into NHS England COVID-19 app after complaints of spammy emails, texts. “Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has confirmed it is investigating grumbles about heavy-handed marketing emails and texts promoting the NHS COVID-19 contact-tracing app in England. Between 26 and 27 September, NHS Test and Trace messaged anyone resident in the country who was over the age of 16 and had previously provided their contact details to a GP. Those contacted had not specifically opted in to receive marketing communications regarding the NHS COVID-19 app.”

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.”