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Google claims victory against account hijackers

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Google has claimed victory against account hijackers, claiming the number of legitimate accounts compromised by spammers has dropped by 99.7 percent since 2011. The company's latest security protocols have been developed in response to a surge in account hijacking starting in 2010, as cyber criminals began using stolen passwords to...
Google claims victory against account hijackers

An update on our war against account hijackers

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Have you ever gotten a plea to wire money to a friend stranded at an international airport? An oddly written message from someone you haven’t heard from in ages? Compared to five years ago, more scams, illegal, fraudulent or spammy messages today come from someone you know. Although spam filters...
An update on our war against account hijackers
MxHero's Chrome extension for Gmail aims to deliver us from the e-mail Dark Ages

Spam Surge For Some Suggests Something Odd May Be Happening To Yahoo! Mail

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Earlier this month Yahoo! became officially DMARC compliant. That’s supposed to mean your Yahoo! email inbox should be heavily armoured against phishing attacks and spam. The Domain-Based Message Authentication consortium is a group of Silicon Valley companies like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and PayPal who all pledge to use tools to...
Spam Surge For Some Suggests Something Odd May Be Happening To Yahoo! Mail
On Bubbles, Facebook, and ‘Playing for Keeps’: Ten Questions With Clay Shirky
Google Says Beefed-Up Security Measures Have Reduced Account Hijackings By 99.7% Since 2011

Why one Microsoft Research employee thinks that spam will outlast HIV

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The problem of spam email has been around likely since the first day that email was invented. And despite decades of progress, unwanted, dangerous, and bulk email continues to plague modern computer users. Every major webmail provider, be it Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, or Hotmail, works on the spam problem – how do...
Why one Microsoft Research employee thinks that spam will outlast HIV

If I had to define a theme for Techdirt, it would be something

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If I had to define a theme for Techdirt, it would be something like: "Technology constantly evolves: get it, some don't." So, first up for my favorites this week are stories about the ones that don't get it: Working in computer security at a major bank (note, everything I say...
If I had to define a theme for Techdirt, it would be something

Facebook Developers See Dramatic Drop In Traffic Following Removal Of Notifications

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Just over 24 hours after Facebook turned off application notifications, developers are reporting a dramatic decrease in traffic. Speaking to a number of developers, we’ve heard traffic has decreased in the range of 10 to 50 percent, depending on the application, most hovering between an 18 to 27 percent decrease....
Facebook Developers See Dramatic Drop In Traffic Following Removal Of Notifications

Can evil data scientists fool us all with the world's best spam?

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While most of the concern over web security has to do with criminal activity such as cyberterrorism, state secrets and hacktivism, there’s a far more annoying threat lurking beneath the surface. It’s a new generation of spam that does away with brute force email barrages in favor of fake online...
Can evil data scientists fool us all with the world's best spam?

Study: Hotmail’s Spam Filters Are Better Than Gmail’s and Yahoo’s

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Microsoft's Hotmail has a bit of a reputation for having relatively inadequate spam filters. A new study by Cascade Insight, though, argues that Hotmail actually provides better spam protection than its competitors Gmail and Yahoo Mail. In the study, Hotmail offered slightly better performance than Gmail and was significantly better...
Study: Hotmail’s Spam Filters Are Better Than Gmail’s and Yahoo’s

Reddit Introduces Crowdsourced Spam Filtering

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Yesterday morning, social news and bookmarking site Reddit announced to its users that they were being drafted. For what, you might ask? The ongoing battle of sites like Reddit, Digg and StumbleUpon against that ever-present foe, the spam submission. Using crowdsourcing to combat spam submissions on an already trained populous...
Reddit Introduces Crowdsourced Spam Filtering

On Email Issue, Facebook Concedes You May Not Be "Confused" After All

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Facebook continued to dig itself a bigger hole Monday, as users continued to complain about lost email messages and how the company was handling its complaints. As we reported yesterday, some users complained that they were missing messages and that their mobile phone address books had been updated to replace...
On Email Issue, Facebook Concedes You May Not Be "Confused" After All

Google adds spam explanation to Gmail, steers clear of enlightenment

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Why is this message in spam? It's a question we find ourselves asking our Gmail boxes almost daily, when messages that really should have made it through to the inbox end up in electronic pergatory instead. So why does Google's algorithm choose to filter certain legitimate messages, while letting the...
Google adds spam explanation to Gmail, steers clear of enlightenment

NO HIDING PLACE: A Plan To Assess Your Personality From Your Tweets

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IN AMERICA alone, people spent $170 billion on "direct marketing"--junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties--last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts...
NO HIDING PLACE: A Plan To Assess Your Personality From Your Tweets

Twitter's spam filters break Twisst, halt unofficial International Space Station updates

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Twitter has (inadvertently?) killed another useful service: Twisst. The clever tool sends you a message on Twitter when the International Space Station (ISS) will be visible at whatever location you have in your Twitter bio. Unfortunately, Twitter isn’t having any more of that. Earlier today, Twitter rendered Twisst useless: Sorry...
Twitter's spam filters break Twisst, halt unofficial International Space Station updates

Facebook Explains Email Snafus, Promises Bug Fix

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Trying to make good on a bungled switch to make its sidelined email system more visible for users, Facebook is scrambling to explain itself to a frustrated user base. After a flurry of user confusion and uproar last week due to Facebook abruptly changing users’ default email settings to display...
Facebook Explains Email Snafus, Promises Bug Fix

Yesterday I thought email was dead. Yesterday I was an idiot.

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Yesterday morning, I sent an email to a couple of thousand NSFWCORP readers to tell them that their sponsored subscriptions — signed up for during our pilot period — were about to expire. For most of those readers it was the first email they’d received from us since they first...
Yesterday I thought email was dead. Yesterday I was an idiot.

iCloud spam filter to blame for 'censorship' of emails containing pornographic phrase

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Apple on Thursday addressed a perceived issue its iCloud email service, saying that strict spam filters are to blame for the automatic deletion of correspondence containing the phrase "barely legal teen."...
iCloud spam filter to blame for 'censorship' of emails containing pornographic phrase

Answer Some Trivia Questions To Get A Free Copy Of Year Zero; The Epic Sci-Fi Story Of What Happens When Aliens & Copyright Intermingle

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Well, well. Last week, we posted an excerpt from Rob Reid's awesome Year Zero novel, and offered up free copies to the commenters who got the highest ranked voting. In retrospect, perhaps we should have realized this effort was going to fail. Whether it was "performance anxiety" from commenters with...
Answer Some Trivia Questions To Get A Free Copy Of Year Zero; The Epic Sci-Fi Story Of What Happens When Aliens & Copyright Intermingle

Spam Filters Grabbed Many LinkedIn Break-In Warnings

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As many as a quarter of a million users mistakenly blocked LinkedIn's alerts about stolen passwords, and their accounts are still vulnerable, researcher estimates....
Spam Filters Grabbed Many LinkedIn Break-In Warnings

An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email

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Exchanging business cards is like breaking up with a significant other: you both smile, say you’ll keep in touch, and never speak again. Ditch the inefficiency and cost of paper with a very simple alternative: have your new contact send you an email before you part ways. I’ve been experimenting...
An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email

Twitter fixes Twisst after breaking it, brings back unofficial International Space Station updates

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Last week, Twitter’s spam filters broke Twisst, the clever tool that sends you a tweet when the International Space Station (ISS) will be visible at whatever location you have in your Twitter bio. After an outcry from Twisst users, Twitter contacted Twisst and the two started talking about what could...
Twitter fixes Twisst after breaking it, brings back unofficial International Space Station updates
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