I think El Reg needs to look closer to home for the suspiciously pasty-faced. Especially those with an East European name.
Run for your lives: the vampires are coming! Or "spampires", as they are now referred to by many of the increasingly concerned inhabitants of Sadville. Of course it had to happen - once you tire of Second Life sex, the attraction of the dark side becomes overwhelming. Hence the rise of Bloodlines - a game that has been growing …
To be honest - this is an old issue, one that plagues newbie areas and places full of retards. The Bloodlines is just another scam, in the same way that you don't respond to Nigerians with a dead grandma and lots of money, you don't respond to bloodlines requests. As for the "Garlic" if you were venturing to a grubby area of the internet, you'd make sure you have a firewall and anti virus, your own security is your own issue, on any platform, on-line, or in a virtual environment.
Actually, I'd say this is much more akin to a simple permission issue: the basic question of whether your database runs on an opt-in or opt-out basis.
It looks different because its virtual worlds an such...but its much the same as you accessing a website...having your details harvested...and then being asked to opt-out of the ensuing spam.
If the web eventually gets a bit more virtual, this is going to be a growing issue, since those with a lesser grasp of Data Protection are going quite happily to opt people in to schemes "under guise" of something else.
I'll admit to being a resident of sadville, although only for playing guitar in-game. It's a fun hobby, lets me play and sing some tunes to a virtual audience. Pretty fun. That's about all I do on sadville besides talk with some friends and listen to other musicians play.
The vampire thing creeps me out a little. Overheard two of them just last night talking about fighting a werewolf. Conversation when something like this. "He took out my eye, so I ripped open his stomach. He should have known better than to mess with a vampire. He looked like this...", and then he played an animation of laying down like dead, complete with a blood splatter under him.
Oooookay... thanks... byebye now.
I just try to avoid the stranger parts of SL.
Come on everyone really.. it isnt up to the members of Second Life to deem what is a TOS breach or not at last check members of SL dont have the last name LINDEN it is these people who can say if the TOS was broken or not. and how much damage are they really doing? wanna bite "yes or no" click no and done... now the whole garlic thing is a push to get more money out of members in SL and hey it's a business so LET THEM DO WHAT THEY MUST.. but there should be a way of reporting those members of SL/Bloodlines to the Admins of the Game and have them booted for spamming, harrassment etc... why should Linden Lab be held at fault when it isnt them who made the game?... just a thought to go on.
Something for the Weekend WE BRING ENGLISH TO YOUR FEET! reads the email.
That's nice. I knew I was lacking something in the footwear department. A fine pair of bobby dazzlers, no doubt.
No, that can't be right. Let me run it through another translation app. Ah, how about this?
Analysis Wizard Spider, the Russia-linked crew behind high-profile malware Conti, Ryuk and Trickbot, has grown over the past five years into a multimillion-dollar organization that has built a corporate-like operating model, a year-long study has found.
In a technical report this week, the folks at Prodaft, which has been tracking the cybercrime gang since 2021, outlined its own findings on Wizard Spider, supplemented by info that leaked about the Conti operation in February after the crooks publicly sided with Russia during the illegal invasion of Ukraine.
What Prodaft found was a gang sitting on assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars funneled from multiple sophisticated malware variants. Wizard Spider, we're told, runs as a business with a complex network of subgroups and teams that target specific types of software, and has associations with other well-known miscreants, including those behind REvil and Qbot (also known as Qakbot or Pinkslipbot).
Elon Musk said his bid to acquire and privatize Twitter "cannot move forward" until the social network proves its claim that fake bot accounts make up less than five per cent of all users.
The world's richest meme lord formally launched efforts to take over Twitter last month after buying a 9.2 per cent stake in the biz. He declined an offer to join the board of directors, only to return asking if he could buy the social media platform outright at $54.20 per share. Twitter's board resisted Musk's plans at first, installing a "poison pill" to hamper a hostile takeover before accepting the deal, worth over $44 billion.
But then it appears Musk spotted something in Twitter's latest filing to America's financial watchdog, the SEC. The paperwork asserted that "fewer than five percent" of Twitter's monetizable daily active users (mDAUs) in the first quarter of 2022 were fake or spammer accounts, which Musk objected to: he felt that figure should be a lot higher. He had earlier proclaimed that ridding Twitter of spam bots was a priority for him, post-takeover.
Britain's data watchdog has issued an £80,000 penalty to a financial advisor that dispatched hundreds of thousands of unsolicited text messages during lockdown.
H&L Business Consulting, based in Penrith, Cumbria, was found by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to have sent 378,553 texts between January and June 2020, resulting in more than 300 complaints [PDF].
The spam promoted the debt management scheme devised by UK government as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus morphed into a pandemic. This is despite the fact that H&L Business Consulting was unauthorized by the Financial Conduct Authority to sell regulated financial products or services.
American Express has been fined 0.009 per cent of its annual profits by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after spamming people who opted out of its marketing emails with 4.1 million unwanted messages.
The £90,000 fine was announced today after the British data regulator ruled the US bank had broken the law.
"This is a clear example of a company getting it wrong and now facing the reputational consequences of that error," said ICO head of investigations Andy Curry, recognising the fine was effectively small change for Amex.
Updated An open redirect on a UK council-backed property website allowed low-level miscreants to evade filters.
The website operated by tech services biz Civica had an open redirect being actively abused by spammers, piggybacking off the website's domain authority so their messages weren't flagged up by scanning tools.
Fortuitously, one of the spam emails that bounced through the Homes4Wiltshire website ended up in the mailbox of ethical hacker Scott Helme, who was intrigued enough to track down how it had got through his defences.
Samsung phones will soon come with automatic spam call blocking. The feature, which is part of Samsung Smart Call, will debut on the Galaxy Note20 and will roll out to all new devices released after 2020.
The chaebol has made a deal with Seattle-based caller ID startup Hiya, licensing the firm's tech for five years.
Hiya is not the only kid on this particular block, and competes with other smart caller ID outfits like WhosCall and TrueCaller in what's an undeniably crowded market. Where they differ is largely in implementation. TrueCaller, for example, relies on crowdsourced reports from its millions of users, whereas Hiya depends on automated processes to identify suspect rings.
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