Tag Archives: affiliate programs

How Spammers are Abusing Twitter’s t.co URL Shortener

URL shorteners such as bit.ly, goo.gl, and t.co have long been used by spammers. They provide an unlimited source of different URLs which can be used in emails to disguise the final landing page. The major companies providing this service all have anti-abuse filters in place to attempt to control this sort of malicious activity. […]

Pinterest hit by the Com Spammers. Dr. Oz says he is not responsible.

Pinterest was hit this week by a vast diet pill spam attack from a well established cyber criminal gang we call the Com Spammers. As well as attacks on social networking sites such as Pinterest, they have also been active for years in email and SMS spam. Their landing pages often contain video clips from […]

AOL’s DMARC change fends off Com Spammers attack, but data breach still not explained

In the past two weeks it’s quite possible that you received spam apparently from a friend’s AOL account, saying something like Have a nice day or People say it really works and then a link to what looks like a news magazine web site talking about diet pills. Here’s one of several that I received. […]

“Free iPad” Spammers Move On

In March of this year the FTC issued indictments and temporary restraining orders against a number of people and companies who they alleged were sending out SMS spam offering free gift cards, iPads, iPhones, etc. After the indictments, we saw a decline in reports of this sort of spam. According to the allegations in the […]

UK Financial firm rapped on the knuckles for social SMS spam

There was some hubbub in the UK last week about the Advertising Standards Authority rapping the knuckles of First Financial (UK) Ltd who are trading as FirstPayDayLoanUk.  It’s time we dished the dirt on what’s really going on and why the ASA could well be wasting their time, and when the humble Brit would be better […]

Who’s responsible for affiliates?

Affiliate marketing, where a company provides compensation for affiliates driving traffic (and potentially sales) to their sites, may have adverse ramifications if not properly managed. Over the past week, affiliate-driven spam has once again migrated to the top of our radar. It is unclear whether legitimate brands have decided not to police their rogue affiliates, […]

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