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FTC says two bogus tech support operations scammed $120 million from customers

The Federal Trade Commission has temporarily closed two operations alleged to have tricked customers out of $ 120 million by providing bogus technical support. The commission has brought two cases against the groups, both of whom reportedly offered specious advice and fake security software to computer users, before charging money to “activate” the useless programs.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said that both operations “prey on consumers’ lack of technical knowledge with deceptive pitches and high-pressure tactics to sell useless software and services to the tune of millions of dollars.” One of the FTC’s cases named a group that offered a piece of software known as “PC Cleaner” to consumers, a…

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The truth about the NSA’s bogus malware apocalypse

60 Minutes’ recent NSA report has already drawn harsh criticism — but for computer security experts, one particular claim stands out. Stressing the importance of the US Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander put out a shocking idea: nations are using malware to try to bring down the US financial system, and if his agency doesn’t keep an eye on the web, they won’t be able to stop it.

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Researchers pose as scammers to cut back on bogus Twitter accounts

Spam is a problem, and any Twitter user knows well that the social network has its fair share of it. A team of researchers is working to fight back, however. In a paper released this week, they detailed how they’ve been working with Twitter to take a close look at how fraudulent accounts are made and how they can be stopped — and they’ve already had promising results.

The team, made up of researchers from George Mason University, the International Computer Science Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley, worked with Twitter to purchase over 127,000 fraudulent, automatically-generated accounts from 27 different merchants over a ten month period starting in June 2012. Their goal? To try and develop a way to stop spam…

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Congresswoman asks Reddit community to help write bill targeted at bogus copyright takedowns

Internet 2012 Bus

California Representative Zoe Lofgren has asked Redditors to help draft legislation to protect domains from being erroneously seized for copyright infringement. Lofgren says she was inspired by Reddit’s response to SOPA — not only was Reddit one of the most prominent sites to black out in protest of the copyright enforcement bill, it attempted to crowdsource its own alternative. More recently, it launched the “Internet 2012 Bus” to lobby for tech issues.

“I promise to carefully consider all recommendations; I can’t, of course, promise that every suggestion can be incorporated.”

This proposed bill would attempt to build extra checks into the process of seizing a domain for distributing pirated material, requiring the government to…

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