Category Archives: Spam

Phishy Facebook Emails

By | October 28, 2011

Facebook phishes are getting better. Compare this one: and this: Notice how the key bit, supposedly defining that it’s a legit email, is successfully and convincingly faked: The only difference that stands out is the domain: facebookembody.com. Although Google classified it as spam they didn’t warn that it would go to a website that contains malware. So be… Read More »

Getting Paid for Doing Bad Things (12″ version)

By | August 4, 2011

This is the extended version of my earlier blog post. The BBC finally ran my commentary so for those of you who want more info, here it is: Think of it as product placement for the Internet. It’s been around a while, but I just figured out how it works, and it made me realise that the early… Read More »

Getting Paid for Doing Bad Things

By | June 21, 2011

I have recently received half a dozen offers of placing links in my blogs to reputable companies’ websites. Think of it as product placement for the Internet. It’s been around a while, but I just figured out how it’s done, and it made me realise that the early dreams of a blogging utopia on the web are pretty… Read More »

How to Abuse Social Media and Lose Friends

By | October 5, 2009

I’m sure they’re not the first to do this, but I really hate it: referral marketing. SingTel, Singapore’s main phone operator, is encouraging Singaporeans to spam their friends via email, twitter, Facebook and SMS. The sad thing is they’ll have to do this a lot to get anywhere. You get 1 point for every tweet post a day,… Read More »

Facebook Scams: Not Out of the Woods

By | November 28, 2008

Facebook may have just won a theoretical warchest from a spammer, but it’s not put its house in order when it comes to scams. Indeed, I suspect they’re getting worse. Now you can get infected without even having to visit your Facebook account. What happens is that, if you have set your profile to receive email updates when… Read More »