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Google Removes Spamming Chrome Extensions

Google has removed two Chrome browser extensions over the weekend, because the software appears to serve spam ads — in turn violating company’s terms of service. Both the “Add to Feedly” and “Tweet This Page” extensions were quietly updated recently, but in the process began feeding users undesirable ads, reports the Wall Street Journal.


Great, Even Refrigerators Are Hackers Now

Ever have that nightmare where your refrigerator comes alive and attacks you? Probably not, but in the era of smart fridges, this is actually a thing that can happen — that is, if we’re talking about cyberattacks.


The 10 Most Unsubscribed Email Lists Of 2013

Whether you willingly signed up in the naive hope that maybe this one would prove useful, or your email address just magically appeared on the list, chances are your email inbox is plagued by an onslaught of undesirable newsletters on the daily. So it takes a lot to make it into the most-hated list.


More Than Half Of Internet Traffic Is Just Bots

People attribute a lot of annoying internet stuff to bots. Twitterbot followers, bots that sneak past spam filters, bots that send weird gibberish on messaging services. It sounds kind of tired, but maybe the situation is exactly as bad as everyone thinks.


Beware: Those Instagrams Of Fruit Want To Hijack Your Account

Heads up: Instagram is weathering a bit of a spam attack right now and as you may have noticed, it’s drowning in fruit. This rather large wave of juicy spam seems to be pushing some sort of “miracle fruit diet” and it could mess up your account if you fall for it.


Why Your Facebook Feed Is So Full Of Junk

Man, I love “I Fucking Love Science”, the Facebook page with 5.4 million likes that clutters my News Feed with hundreds of clever images, many of which are stolen without attribution to their authors. It’s entertaining and amazingly sharable. It’s also changing the character of the social network — and some argue it’s doing so for the worse. We’re compliantly spamming our friends right out of our Facebook feeds.


80,000 Suckers Fired Off Tweets Celebrating LinkedIn Spam

Last week, on February 11, Alexandra Watson received a very exciting email in her inbox and promptly tweeted the news out to her 66,000 followers: Hurray, I am so super-duper popular on LinkedIn. My life now has meaning.


Are You Getting Less Spam Mail?

The Economist has a chart from Kaspersky Lab, a security firm, that shows that spam mail is on a decline. Supposedly, it’s a combination of spam filters actually working, the authentication of senders and more police crackdowns on Nigerian princes.


Some Guy Bought The Data Of 1.1 Million Facebook Users For Just 5 Bucks

Bogomil Shopov, a Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist, bought 1.1 million Facebook names, user IDs and emails for the ridiculously low price of 5 dollars. Yes, for a price of a Subway footlong, Shopov was able to get his hands on your personal data from Facebook. What a deal!


Facebook Cracks Down On Apps That Clog Your News Feed

One of the more annoying things about Facebook is how your News Feed gets clogged and spammed and smacked with stuff you don’t care about. Facebook is trying to fix that by limiting what apps can post stuff to your Feed.