Year-long Google study of the dark web shows how accounts get hacked

The folks at Google teamed up with Carnegie Mellon to undertake an extensive study on how accounts get compromised. By searing the dark web, they identified some troubling things: 788,000 potential victims of off-the-shelf keyloggers 4 million potential victims of phishing kits 9 billion usernames and passwords exposed via data breaches and traded on black-market … Continue reading Year-long Google study of the dark web shows how accounts get hacked

Just as you always suspected, 260 million Facebook accounts are fakes

That means roughly 10% of Facebook accounts either aren’t real people or they belong to people that have multiple accounts.  Why might you want more than one social media account?  You might want to ask Golden State Warriors All-Star B-Ball player Kevin Durant. Facebook made the announcement during a recent earnings call, saying it had … Continue reading Just as you always suspected, 260 million Facebook accounts are fakes

World’s largest advertiser tells digital agencies to fix the problems or else

The largest advertiser in the US (and the world), Procter & Gamble, just shook up the digital advertising industry. "The days of giving digital a pass are over," said Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer at P&G, at the IAB Annual Leadership meeting.  He’s mandating new requirements for digital agencies and media if they want to … Continue reading World’s largest advertiser tells digital agencies to fix the problems or else

Everytime there’s new technology, someone figures out a way to hack it, exploit, or infect it

Doesn't it seems everytime there’s new technology, someone figures out a way to hack it, exploit, or infect it?  16 million homes have had a serious virus problem in the past two years.  The conflicker virus alone has infected nearly 9 million computers. Even cars are being hacked. And there’s this ugly ransomware thing going … Continue reading Everytime there’s new technology, someone figures out a way to hack it, exploit, or infect it

Facebook hit with another lawsuit over misrepresenting video ad metrics

You may not have heard of the high-tech company, Quirky, which filed for bankruptcy and then starting selling off its assets in 2015.  You may, however, have heard of Wink, a home automation hub.  Quirky was an early innovator and high flier in the home automation business, but it couldn’t survive on its own.  It … Continue reading Facebook hit with another lawsuit over misrepresenting video ad metrics

Biggest ad fraud in history?  Hackers stealing $3-$5 million dollars a day using video ads

White Ops security researchers have exposed the most profitable and advanced ad fraud operation ever seen by the industry. Dubbed "The Methbot Operation" after references to "meth" in the code of the bot itself, a group of operators has siphoned off as much as $180 million from major U.S. media companies and brand advertisers. Controlled … Continue reading Biggest ad fraud in history?  Hackers stealing $3-$5 million dollars a day using video ads

Cyber Criminals now spreading ransomware through Facebook, LinkedIn

If you find a graphic or image on your computer and you don’t remember downloading it, stop before opening! Experts have seen a dramatic increase in what’s Locky Ransomware being shared by unsuspecting victims, now through social media platforms LinkedIn and Facebook. Ransomware is insidious. It locks up your computer and the only way to … Continue reading Cyber Criminals now spreading ransomware through Facebook, LinkedIn

Digital ad market could be 2nd largest revenue source for organized crime

Two congressman have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate online ad fraud. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) are behind the effort. Both are members of the Senate Banking Committee. While recognizing the online advertising industry’s efforts to get rid of ad fraud, the letter to the FTC questions … Continue reading Digital ad market could be 2nd largest revenue source for organized crime

32 Million Twitter passwords may have been stolen — top passwords may surprise you

If your Twitter password is “123456,” “querty,” or “password,” you might have bigger security issues than knowing your Twitter password’s been stolen. But amazingly, those were three of the top five passwords among the 32 million accounts uncovered by the website LeakedSource. They got my password You may have seen the news about Mark Zuckerberg’s … Continue reading 32 Million Twitter passwords may have been stolen — top passwords may surprise you

Fake websites & bots generated $1.5 million a month for one Florida fraudster

A Florida company was generating $1.5 million dollars a month in online ads using fake websites, according to Ad Age.  It wasn’t all that hard.  They set up websites and then listed them as places to advertise in automated ad-buying markets, including some of the industry’s biggest names.   Then, they hit the sites hard with bots … Continue reading Fake websites & bots generated $1.5 million a month for one Florida fraudster