Category Social Media

Ransoc, simplified ransomware

Ransoc no fire ransomware

Proofpoint recently discovered a new ransomware variant dubbed Ransoc, that is distributed through malvertising campaigns on adult web sites. If you do not go to adult sites, you should be safe from this threat. If you do go to adult websites and manage to have a meetup with this new variant, and you are comfortable with the windows registry—it’s easy to remove

No encryption used

Ransoc scrapes torrents, instant messaging clients, Skype and social media profiles (Facebook, LinkedIn) for poten...

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Affiliate interlopers abundant on LinkedIn

We could be an affiliate

The past few months I’ve racked up quite a few “I’d like to join your LinkedIn network” invites and I can assure you that I am extremely hesitant when these invitations arrive. Many newly created LinkedIn affiliate interlopers have zero to two first degree connections (in contrast to my connections.) Though I am suspicious by nature when connecting to strangers on social media, I am also curious as to what the new (potential) contact hopes to achieve...

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Twitter Bots, not up my skirt!

twitter bots featured

When was the last time you checked your Twitter following? I am embarrassed to say that the last time I analyzed my following was early last summer. During the interim, a slew of 79 cunning and crafty Twitter bots scooted up my profile skirt.

Though these grubby little parasites did not add or detract from my social presence — they managed to piggyback my profile and litter my follower eye-candy with affiliate “get more twitter followers,” porn bots, phishing bots, scam bots, tattoo bots...

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Whisper… just another scandalous hiss

Whisper’s privacy scandal broke late last week when The Guardian claimed that user data (stretching back to the app’s launch) was allegedly collated and indefinitely stored in a searchable database; that the company monitored some users (even when they opted our of geolocation services); and that they shared some data with the Department of Defense (DOD). There were also allegations that Whisper held the tools to identify newsworthy users by peering into their history and tracking their m...

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