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Spam is back in a big way – levels that have not been seen since 201o in fact. That’s according to a blog post today form Cisco Talos that stated the main culprit of the increase is largely the handiwork of the Necurs botnet, stated the blog’s author Jaeson Schultz.
Buffer, a service for scheduling social media posts, said Sunday it has strengthened its security after spammers gained access to its network.
On Saturday, Buffer halted all social media postings after a raft of spam coming from Buffer accounts hit Facebook and Twitter. Later that day, service was restored, but Buffer advised users to access their accounts from its main URL rather than from its mobile applications.
Yesterday afternoon a large number of Twitter users began to notice that they were being added to a bunch of oddly named Twitter lists.
Lists are normally used to group Twitter users by interest: "tech writers" or "top chefs." In this case, however, the lists had spammy names like GTA 5 Giveaway, Ashton Kutcher's Phone Number, and Candy Crush Saga Hack.
Over the past few days, a large number of HootSuite accounts have been hacked and abused to spread links to shady miracle diet websites.
The hacked HootSuite accounts, including ones of celebrities, are used to send out messages on Twitter that read something like this: “get a free groupon of pure garcinia cambogia, according to groupon this stuff is great to stay healthy! [link]”
The University of Illinois has had its email domain blacklisted by some providers after phishing scammers managed to compromise the email accounts of a sizable number of students and staff in a short period of time, the institution has said.
According to a warning posted to the Campus Information and Educational Services (CITES) website, the initial assessment was that the accounts of at least 36 people had been hacked during the attacks but that the true number was probably much higher.