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  1. Google Now Allows Anyone on Google+ to Email Your Gmail without Your Address, Here’s How to Disallow That

    Is this some kind of deliberate test of their spam filters?

    The latest in a series of changes, Google has allowed anyone on Google+ to send emails to Gmail accounts. It's OK, though. There's a solution that does not involve hiding from your email for the rest of your life to avoid spam. Like the recent change to image display settings, the Google+ email feature is easily turned off.

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  2. Google Banished Lyrics Site Rap Genius from Search Results for Shady SEO Tricks

    Google is become The Destroyer of Internets.

    Rap Genius, a site that allows users to annotate song lyrics to provide insight into their meaning, irritated Google with some shady tricks to get higher placement in search results. So Google banished them to the wasteland that is anything that doesn't show up in the first few search results pages, because they pretty much own the Internet.

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  3. Is Spam The Native Art Form Of The Internet? [Video]

    Everything happens so much!

    Like us, Mike Rugnetta was pretty bummed to find out that Horse_eBooks hasn't been a real spambot for the past two years. However, it got him and the rest of the crew at PBS Idea Channel thinking about the true nature of spam and whether it might, when done well, even be considered artistic. Huh. Well, that's an odd twist.

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  4. There’s a Huge Cyber Attack Slowing Down the Internet Because of Spam

    Noticing a bit of a lag online today? If you are, you might be able to thank an ongoing battle between anti-spam organization Spamhaus and alleged spammer safe-haven Cyberbunker. Spamhaus is currently under fire from a massive DDoS attack believed to be coming from Cyberbunker. How massive is the attack? 300 gigabits per second massive. That's huge, and it's slowing down other parts of the Internet, important parts -- like Netflix.

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  5. Oops! Google Kind of Blocked All of Digg by Accident

    It's not a great day for Digg. That's because Google accidentally blocked the entire site -- all of it -- from its search results today. The block was a mistake, says Google, and was the result of simple error. Thankfully, Digg is already back in the search results. So what happened exactly?

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  6. Just 20 ISPs Are Responsible for Nearly Half of All Email Spam Worldwide

    Considering the wide variety of products spam email acts as a barker for, you might assume that there are an equally diverse range of individuals, or at least programs, trying to sell you important goods like mirrors, plastic sheers, and of course medications for male stamina. (Also, wow, am I ever troubled by what my spam folder seems to think of me.) According to a recent look at the numbers, though, that's not the case. In fact, the study from the University of Twente suggests that just 20 of the more than 42,000 Internet service providers worldwide are responsible for nearly half of the emails that you get looking to sell you penis enlargement pills and various other high quality goods and services.

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  7. Spam Levels Holding Steady Despite Botnet Takedown

    You cannot stop spam email; you can only hope to contain it. Frankly, even hoping for that is probably a little bit of wishful thinking. It's been just more than a month since the much ballyhooed takedown of the Grum botnet, a network of infected computers was estimated to be responsible for about one sixth all the cheap Viagra ads you have ever seen. (It's not just me getting those, right guys? Right?) So what affect has the takedown of one of the biggest spam delivery systems in the history of the web had on the amount of spam that actually hits your inbox? Absolutely none, it would seem.

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  8. Dropbox Now Confirms They Were Hacked, Updates Security

    Only a little over a week ago, Dropbox and their outside experts were claiming that there was no evidence of a hack. As it happens, they were wrong. They've now confirmed that some users did see unauthorized activity on a small number of accounts due to the recent slew of passwords being leaked across the Internet. On top of that, one of their employees had their account -- which included a document with user email addresses -- accessed as well. Oops.

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  9. Dropbox Says No Evidence of Hack Despite Spam Concerns

    Nothing's ever as secure as we think it is. Dropbox, having not so long ago accidentally dropped password protection on user accounts, has been receiving reports of folks receiving spam in their emails. Normally this wouldn't be an issue -- most email accounts get spam. The complicate things, the users have claimed that these accounts were unique to Dropbox; the only way for someone to be spamming them would be due to having somehow gotten the accounts from Dropbox.

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  10. Inboxes Rejoice: Botnet Behind 18% of Spam Taken Down

    The Grum botnet has been one of the most prominent distributors of spam for years, ranking third in terms of world spam volume. Yesterday, network security corporation FireEye reported that all of Grum's command and control servers (or CnC's) had been taken down after a weeks-long effort. Thanks to the work of a number of individuals who contributed to the takedown, we may see a significant decrease in the volume of the world's spam in the coming months.

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