Hundreds of Japanese porn apps in the Google Play marketplace are tricking porn seekers into shelling out $1,000 for a fake service, security firm Symantec has found.
The company published a blog post today about the more than 200 fraudulent Android apps published by over 50 developers. Symantec has been tracking these apps since late January.
"From then on, the apps were published by different developers each time and the number of apps steadily grew though many were removed from Google Play at one point for unconfirmed reasons," according to the blog. "We are now seeing … Read more
I feel sure this story might be an inspiration to some, especially those who enjoy showing solidarity for their fellow worker.
For it seems that several doctors in Sao Paulo, Brazil, decided there was a way to fool the biometric scanners on which they clocked in with their fingers.
They allegedly created more fingers. Fake ones, out of silicone.
As AFP reports, an investigation by Globo television showed a doctor using the fake fingers to fool the machines.
The machines dutifully printed out a paper record of a doctor's attendance, when he or she wasn't actually there.… Read more
The Federal Trade Commission said today it has filed complaints against 29 people accused of sending more than 180 million spam text messages falsely promising free gift cards.
The FTC alleged in eight separate complaints that the accused tricked consumers into divulging sensitive personal information by promising free gifts or prizes, including $1,000 gift cards at major retailers. Consumers who clicked on the links were taken through a maze of Web sites that required victims to sign up for subscription services or credit cards before they could receive the "free" gifts.
Consumers were sometimes required to sign … Read more
Here is today's Super Bowl prediction: Craigslist is not StubHub.
Whenever there is a big game, nefarious beings will creep around the Web trying to find the passionate and the gullible, from whose emotions they can steal a little money.
Some people's desperation to secure tickets will exceed their ability to turn on their skepticism controls.
The Osgood family, from Hayward, Calif., were so keen to fly to New Orleans for Sunday's Super Bowl that they found an ad on Craigslist that offered tickets.
Cheap, they were not. But the four tickets were advertised at $5,900, … Read more
Apple announced a new App Store policy for developers today that effectively puts an end to a common bait-and-switch scam.
In a note on its Developer Portal, Apple said screenshots submitted by developers to accompany app descriptions in its App Store will be locked in place when the app wins approval.
Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an update to an existing app or a new app.
Before the new policy went into place, app developers would often … Read more
The phony press release sent out this morning on PRWeb detailing Google's acquisition of Wi-Fi provider ICOA for $400 million may have been an attempt to move the company's penny stock.
The company's stock started trading this morning at $0.0001 and steadily climbed throughout the morning to $0.0005, where it peaked around 11:30 a.m. ET. Once news trickled out that the press release was a hoax, the company's stock price sharply dropped to $0.0001 again. And it has bounced between that price and $0.0002 since then.
The fake press release … Read more
Be sure to double check that Groupon you received in your e-mail -- spammers are using the popularity of e-mailed advertisements for group discount deals to send more malware.
The rise of malware through fake e-mail advertisements and notifications are on the rise, according to a study released today by security firm Kaspersky Lab.
"They are primarily doing so by sending out malicious e-mails designed to look like official notifications. Kaspersky Lab is seeing more and more malicious spam designed to look like coupon service notifications," the report said.
The firm said it also noted these coupon spam … Read more
Fake Instagram accounts for American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and JetBlue have been set up with the promise of free flights.
The accounts, @americanairlines_giveaways, @united_giveaways, @jetbluegiveaways, and @delta_giveaways, all work very similarly. They promise a free airline ticket or round-trip ticket to the first several thousand followers, which vary depending on the account.
The accounts have been pretty effective at garnering followers. Delta's fake account already has 21,000 followers after it promised a free trip for the first 20,000 people who followed and shared the account. Likewise, the JetBlue account has 20,000 followers. The American Airlines profile … Read more
We try never to state the obvious here, because, well, if something's obvious then it surely needs no words.
However, before this weekend begins and you begin to think about the holiday season, it's worth just mentioning one perhaps obvious thing.
When you buy a gadget, it's best to open the box at the store, just to check the gadget is actually in there.
I only mention this because of an ill-starred tale that come from the Lone Star State.
As Houston's KHOU tells it, Bobbi Linden went to Wal-Mart in Sealy, Texas, and bought her daughter an iPad for her 15th birthday.
Or at least she thought she did.… Read more