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

Prove You're a Human By Telling This Captcha You Have the Right Feelings

Everybody wants a better Captcha. Trying to type in those distorted words can be a serious pain, and it's becoming less and less of an impedance to ever-more-intelligent spam bots. The Civil Rights Captcha takes a different approach; you've got to have a little empathy. » 10/07/12 4:00pm 10/07/12 4:00pm

All the Spam in the World Makes $200 Million—And Costs Us $20 Billion

We all hate spam. But we figure it must be worth it to someone since there's so damn much of it. But... apparently not. A new paper from the Journal of Economic Perspectives estimates it brings in a total of $200 million in revenue worldwide per year. And then the rest of us spend $20 billion cleaning it up. Ugh. » 8/07/12 4:00pm 8/07/12 4:00pm

World's Third-Largest Spam Botnet Is Knocked Offline for Good

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