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Billion-dollar search engine industry attracts vultures, shady advertisers, and cybercriminals

Search engines make money by showing users sponsored advertisements—a lot of money. This attracts attention, competition, and plenty who want a piece of the action without doing the actual work or considering the impact to those on the other end of the search bar. Because in the search business, even the crumbs are interesting. In this post, we look at th
Publish At:2020-01-06 21:50 | Read:541 | Comments:0 | Tags:PUPs adfraud advertisements adware extensions hijackers pote

How Shodan helped bring down a ransomware botnet

Shodan is a search engine that looks for internet-connected devices. Hackers use it to find unsecured ports and companies use it to make sure that their infrastructure is locked down. This summer, it was also used by security researchers and law enforcement to shut down a ransomware botnet.The Encryptor RaaS botnet offered ransomware as a service, allowi
Publish At:2016-10-07 19:55 | Read:3697 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Cybersecurity Search Malware

An HTTPS hijacking click-fraud botnet infects almost 1 million computers

Over the past two years, a group of cybercriminals has infected almost 1 million computers with malware that hijacks search results, even when they're served over encrypted HTTPS connections.The click-fraud botnet earns its creators money through Google's AdSense for Search program, according to researchers from security firm Bitdefender. The affiliate p
Publish At:2016-05-16 21:35 | Read:3400 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Encryption Search Malware Advertising

Google blocked more bad ads than ever in 2015, but they still keep coming

When Google tells us it blocked 780 million bad ads last year, is that a sign that things are getting better?In one way it is, as the 49 percent increase in bad ads blocked outpaced Google's overall advertising growth, indicating that the company has been blocking a greater number of bad ads as a percentage of the whole. Clicks on its ads grew at a sligh
Publish At:2016-01-21 17:00 | Read:2574 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Internet Advertising Search

Yahoo mimics Facebook, Google with 'state-sponsored' attack warnings

Yahoo last week followed the lead of rivals Facebook and Google by telling users it would warn them when it believes they are in the crosshairs of state-backed cyber attackers."Yahoo will now notify you if we strongly suspect that your account may have been targeted by a state-sponsored actor. We'll provide these specific notifications so that our users
Publish At:2015-12-30 20:35 | Read:3555 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cyberterrorism Search Security Internet

Obfuscated URLs, where is that link taking you?

What is a URL? A URL (uniform resource locator) is a pointer to a web resource (usually a site) and a mechanism to retrieve it. Most of the times when people use this term they will mean a clickable link to a website. URL shorteners URL shorteners were invented to enable users to post URLs in messages where they only have a (very) limited number of tokens to
Publish At:2015-09-10 17:40 | Read:3923 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud/Scam Alert click encoded link Pieter Arntz search shor

Ad group urges FTC to reject right to be forgotten in US

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should reject a privacy group’s push to extend the E.U.’s controversial right to be forgotten rules to the U.S. because such regulations would have a “sweeping” negative effect on many U.S. companies, a trade group said.The FTC should dismiss a July 7 complaint from Consumer Watchdog against Google, the Association of Nation
Publish At:2015-07-31 19:00 | Read:3272 | Comments:0 | Tags:Internet Internet of Things Networking Productivity Search G

Most Google de-listing requests are from everyday folk, leaked data shows

Newly leaked figures reveal that the vast majority of people who exercised their right to be “forgotten” by Google’s services in Europe are everyday members of the public, with just 5 percent of requests coming from criminals, politicians and high-profile public figures.Europe’s highest court affirmed last year that people have the right to ask Google to rem
Publish At:2015-07-15 00:55 | Read:2935 | Comments:0 | Tags:Productivity Internet Search Networking Security Compliance

Google grapples anew with EC in the search/advertising antitrust swamp

In a surprise move, the European Commission has poked the sleeping dragon by yet again reopening a four-year antitrust investigation into Google's search and advertising business.In addition, the EC might open a separate investigation into Google's Android mobile operating system. The long-running investigation dates to November 2010, when Joaquin Almunia,
Publish At:2014-09-10 15:00 | Read:4750 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Google Law & order advertising antitrust EC EU Euro

Who’s responsible for the kids, parents or government?

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has declared war on Internet porn. He wants both Internet service providers and search engine owners to protect UK families against pornography. Political initiatives to control the Internet are typically badly prepared and in conflict with central principles of the net. This case is no different and the reactions are mostly n
Publish At:2014-08-15 08:50 | Read:3548 | Comments:0 | Tags:Family Protection Online Threats Operators Web adult adult c

F-Secure Search : Searching the Internet with Peace of Mind

Conventional wisdom tells us to choose search engines based on its ability to deliver us the most relevant search results, but is that really enough? We at F-Secure definitely do not think so. I’m very happy to introduce you to F-Secure Search – a search engine that delivers you the most relevant and SAFE results! Built into the search results are safety bad
Publish At:2014-08-15 08:50 | Read:4767 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security internetsecurity onlinesafety safesearch search

Right to be forgotten – good or bad?

Have you ever Binged or Googled for your own name, address or phone number? It’s good to do it now and then, and the result may be shocking. You don’t have to be a celebrity to be mentioned on the net. Most of us occur on the net in quite many places, often a lot more than we imagine. You can decide how much you reveal to the public in the profiles of your o
Publish At:2014-08-15 08:49 | Read:5213 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Uncategorized Web EU European Union Google Internet


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