How Much Your Inbox Is Worth to Cybercriminals

Many of us have had the experience of receiving a spammy email from a friend or loved one, only to have a frantic follow-up note arrive a few minutes later from that person stating that his or her email account was hacked and warning us not to open or respond to any of the messages sent by the intruder. To be sure,… » 12/18/14 10:38am 12/18/14 10:38am

Spam Drugs Are Killing People and No One Is Doing Anything About It

Open your spam folder right now and there's almost certainly a grammatically questionable spam email offering you V1agra or C1al1s. But while you know that any pills procured from shady online retailers aren't regulated, apparently some people can't stop buying them. Brian Krebs reports that the problem is out of… » 12/17/14 10:58am 12/17/14 10:58am

Even the 19th Century Had Needy Nigerian Prince Scams

We've all received that email at least once before. A kind prince/princess/spambot in Nigeria has millions of dollars, and better yet, they want to split it with you. Just hand over your social security code and wait for them to arrive on American soil. As the above newspaper clipping shows, these types of scams were… » 11/14/14 5:27pm 11/14/14 5:27pm

How Spammers Spoof Your Email Address (and How to Protect Yourself)

Most of us know spam when we see it, but seeing a strange email from a friend—or worse, from ourselves—in our inbox is pretty disconcerting. If you've seen an email that looks like it's from a friend, it doesn't mean they've been hacked. Spammers spoof those addresses all the time, and it's not hard to do. Here's how… » 5/21/14 11:39am 5/21/14 11:39am

Target's Holiday Hack Apology Email Looks Like Another Hack

Target's heart may be in the right place, but its latest blunder in the holiday hacking fiasco proves that the company still has quite a bit of learning to do when it comes to restoring consumer confidence. Lesson number one: If you're going to make a conciliatory gesture through email, for god's sake, don't make it… » 1/17/14 1:00pm 1/17/14 1:00pm

Rap Genius Traffic Tanked After Google Smacked It Down for Spamming

Quantcast shows that the number of unique visitors to Rap Genius has dropped 60 percent since Google punished the startup for its questionable SEO scheme. Last year, unique visitors to Rap Genius only dropped about 15 percent from Christmas Eve to Christmas. Rap Genius has not responded to request for comment from… » 12/26/13 11:28am 12/26/13 11:28am

10 Common Tech Questions (and Their High Tech Explanations)

There are certain problems we all deal with every day, but don't know why. Why do I need to keep resetting my router? Do I have a virus? What happens when a site I use gets "hacked?" Whether you're the tech-savvy friend that's always answering these questions or the friend doing the asking, here are the answers to the… » 9/28/13 4:58pm 9/28/13 4:58pm

Why Your Facebook Feed Is So Full of Junk

Man, I love "I Fucking Love Science", the Facebook page with 5.4 million likes that clutters my News Feed with hundreds of clever images, many of which are stolen without attribution to their authors. It's entertaining, and amazingly sharable. It's also changing the character of the social network—and some argue it's… » 6/05/13 4:15pm 6/05/13 4:15pm