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Verizon to pre-install a 'Spyware' app on its Android phones to collect user data

If the death of online privacy rules wasn’t enough for Internet Service Providers and advertisers to celebrate, Verizon has planned to pre-install spyware on customers’ Android devices in order to collect their personal data.

The telecom giant has partnered with Evie Launcher to bring a new application called ‘AppFlash’ — a universal search bar that will come pre-installed on the home screens

Smart TV Maker Fined $2.2 Million For Spying on Its 11 Million Users

Your government is spying on you! Businesses are spying on you! Your phone and browser are constantly spying on you! Even your TV is spying on you!

Yes, you should also worry about your “smart” TV, as one of the world’s biggest smart TV makers Vizio has been caught secretly collecting its consumers’ data through over 11 Million smart TVs and then selling them to third-parties without the

'MethBot' Ad Fraud Operators Making $5 Million Revenue Every Day

The biggest advertising fraud ever!

A group of hackers is making between $3 Million to $5 Million per day from United States brands and media companies in the biggest digital ad fraud ever discovered.

Online fraud-prevention firm White Ops uncovered this new Ad fraud campaign, dubbed “Methbot,” that automatically generates more than 300 Million fraudulent video ad impressions every day.


Facebook Ads now Tracks you, Even if you don't have an Account

There’s nowhere to hide across the web, especially from the marketing and advertising companies.

If you are paranoid about your privacy, you may get upset to know that Facebook will now track and deliver targeted Ads on other apps and websites for everyone, even if you do not have Facebook accounts.

Until now, Facebook was showing targeted ads only to its users, but now the social networking

1 Million Computers Hacked for making big Money from Adsense

A group of cyber criminals has infected as much as 1 Million computers around the world over the past two years with a piece of malware that hijacks search results pages using a local proxy.

Security researchers from Romania-based security firm Bitdefender revealed the presence of this massive click-fraud botnet, which the researchers named Million-Machine Campaign.

For those unaware,

Facebook Offering You $1000 to Run Advertisement Against Terrorism

Facebook Offering $1,000 Credits If You Want to Run Advertisements Against ISIS and Terrorism
Over a past few times, we have seen a steady growth in the online recruitment of Jihadis from social networking sites by many radical groups.
ISIS has topped the online recruitment, and it is the only terror group that leverages the enormous power of Twitter and Facebook to radicalize young minds, spread its message and recruit foreign supporters to its fights.
Many ISIS militants maintain extremely active accounts on the popular social media platforms and have a strong presence on the most popular encrypted messaging app Telegram with more than 100,000 followers.
This issue had impacted the society deeply. Recent examples include last year’s Paris attack in which ISIS used some popular messaging apps to plot the attack.
As the Dark Siders of social media began to turn this platform into a Terror-Picker, the White Siders of the same social media came under a single roof to declare fight against terrorism, and rage cyber war against these anti-humans.

Facebook Buckled Up to Fight against Terrorism

Facebook is also on the main line up to join the fight against terrorism. The social media giant has also come up with a solution to minimize the presence of caliphate group from its social media platform.
Similar efforts have previously been made by Anonymous hacktivist group, who conducted various planned operation like OpISIS, OpParis, expunging ISIS channels from Twitter and Telegram.
Recently, Facebook introduced a new program, dubbed “Counter-Speech,” that offers advertising credits up to $1000 for those who raise their voice against hate speeches & terror propagandas.
This new intelligent strategy would enlighten the immature minds of those who got influenced by the radicalized propaganda and created an automatic hatred towards the group (who tried to brainwash with their propagandas).
So, rather than vanishing or blocking the extremist Facebook pages that spread hatred among its followers, Facebook is focusing on educating more and more young minds in an effort to fight against terrorism.

The First Person to Receive $1000 Credit

Arbi-el-Ayachi – A German comedian had got benefited from the newly released Facebook plan when he released a video showing eating halal meat is poisonous to Christians, last year.

How did the idea strike?

The idea was formed by the current Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg while speaking at World Economic Forum last month.
Sandberg backed up this idea by referring to a recent attack conducted by the group in Germany called “Laut gegen Nazis” (an anti-neo nazi group) had attacked the Facebook page of the far-right NDP by getting members to like (“Like Attack”) and post on the page.
“Rather than scream and protest, they got 100,000 people to like the page, who did not like the page and put messages of tolerance on the page, so when you got to the page, it changed the content and what was a page filled with hatred and intolerance was then tolerance and messages of hope” Sandberg stated.

Cyber World Fights Against Terrorism

Gradually, the massive operation to fight against terrorist organizations began to hit the headlines and grabbed the attention of several tech giants like Google, YouTube, and Twitter.
  1. Youtube had wiped out more than 1000 dozens of radical videos from its database.
  2. Twitter had expelled 1,25,000 accounts of Jihadi members since in mid 2015.
  3. Google also rolled out a special advertising program for terrorist sympathizers who type extremism-related words in the search engine, but the “top” search results display anti-radicalized links.
Joint ventures like this would act as a Digital Age Shield to minimize the threat levels.
However, Facebook had not mentioned about the verification procedure for those credited $1000. So, it may be possible that those awarded credits could be used for personal promotions too…

Bye bye, Flash! Google to Ban Flash-based Advertising

Google had also joined the path of Apple, Facebook, and Youtube to kill the “Adobe Flash Player” by announcing that the company is banning Flash banner support from its Adwords Advertising platform.

“To enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5” Google says.

It’s been two decades

Click-fraud evolved, and it has a plan

We all know what malware is capable of and that’s why we use a good and reliable antivirus like Avira. But while most of the things malware does sounds horrible and scary there are some that … well, do not.

The perfect example would be click-fraud malware, a kind of malware that does exactly what its name says: It clicks on advertisement. Basically the advertiser has to pay each time a real person or – in the case of malware – a bot-infected device clicks on an ad. A recent report claims that businesses are losing as much as $6.3 billion a year to click-fraud. Crazy, right? But still nothing to lose any sleep over since you are not the one paying the bill.

According to the security researchers from Damballa though, click-fraud can evolve: “Click-fraud malware infections can become something more sinister. In May, Damballa Failsafe tracked and recorded the activity of a click-fraud infection that pulled in three additional click-fraud infections plus CryptoWall, which encrypts the files on the host system to render them inaccessible to the user. Within a couple of a couple hours a simple click-fraud infection escalated to a crippling malware infection. Suddenly, that infected device became a high-risk priority.“

If there is one lesson to be learned from all of this: No malware is too small or “unimportant” to become really dangerous at some point.

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