Spam is digital junk mail, comprising emails that you didn’t want or ask to receive, such as adverts for online chemists and dating sites.
[Read more: BT Web Protect Switch on your free protection agains security threats, phising scams and infections] The Oxford Dictionary definition of spam is: “Irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.” Sometimes details are added to a mailing list that might then be sold to scammers, although most reputable companies don’t sell their marketing lists.
K., “We are not sure how the hackers got in, but it took two days to clear out the thousands upon thousands of malicious files.
Once that was done we had to ask Google and Bing to recrawl the site to flush out the bad links.” And Google noted that no “human editors [are] selecting stories or deciding which ones deserve top placement,” and that news listings are instead determined by freshness of content, diversity of content, and originality of content.
As initially reported by Search Engine Land, Google News was taken over with hacked content for both pharmaceutical and dating site spam in the early morning hours of June 12.
Dating Affiliate Scams Dating affiliate scams are an extremely common spam tactic that enables cybercriminals to steal money from unsuspecting individuals by luring them into fake dating websites.
In such scams, cybercriminals typically create fake dating profiles pretending to be, for example, an attractive woman residing in one of the former USSR countries.
Proving that even the largest of our tech giants aren’t infallible, this rather large-scale mistake initially appeared on the main Google News page, and was then relegated to just the Health section.
For those who didn’t see the spam injection, search results were essentially replaced with various ads seeking to peddle Viagra and other drugs, as well as online dating sites.