Online dating and spam

In the year 2011, the estimated figure for spam messages is around seven trillion.The costs, such as lost productivity and fraud, are borne by the public and by Internet service providers, which have been forced to add extra capacity to cope with the deluge.Google News has again been hit with online dating and pharmaceutical spam ads.Over the weekend, fake news articles appeared on the news-finding service posing as stories from real titles The Village Reporter and the Hometown Huddle and Two Row Times.The fake stories also appeared on the Google News site, alongside real stories about online dating.Although the spam stories are still showing on Google News, when clicked through, they now redirect to the real pages for The Village Reporter and the Hometown Huddle and Two Row Times publications.

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After being notified of the breach, Google responded confirming the issue was on the publisher side, and had been resolved, with one of the publications confirming it had been hacked. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

The embedded link in the email itself goes to a website that looks exactly like the real thing but is actually a fake designed to trick victims into entering personal information.

Electronic spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send an unsolicited message (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same site.

With the boom of messaging apps, it's inevitable that cybercriminals will hop on the bandwagon and take advantage of the craze for their own ill-gotten purposes.

This has been proven true, as we've received samples of spam messages purporting themselves to be official notifications from popular messaging app LINE.


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