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"Twitter Scammers Earned Upwards of $459,000 in 10 Month Period"
August 15, 2013 | Mike Stenger, Social News Daily

Twitter is a large breeding ground for spam, and according to new research from the ICSI (International Computer Science Institute), scammers earned $127,000 to $459,000 total over a 10 month period.

"Where Twitter Spam Accounts Come From"
August 14, 2013 | Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

A pair of researchers -- one a grad student working at Twitter -- bought $5,000 worth of fake Twitter accounts (with Twitter's blessing) and developed a template for identifying spam Twitter accounts.

“Buying Battles in the War on Twitter Spam”
August 14, 2013 | Brian Krebs, Krebs on Security

The success of social networking community Twitter has given rise to an entire shadow economy that peddles dummy Twitter accounts by the thousands, primarily to spammers, scammers and malware purveyors. But new research on identifying bogus accounts has helped Twitter to drastically deplete the stockpile of existing accounts for sale, and holds the promise of driving up costs for both vendors of these shady services and their customers.

Researchers presented data from an ICSI (International Computer Science Institute) driven project Wednesday at the 22nd USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., that explores the underground market of spam and abuse on Twitter.

“The Underground Market for Spam Twitter Accounts”
August 14, 2013 | Alice Truong, Fast Company

It should be no surprise that spam Twitter accounts can be bought to boost follow counts--or more maliciously, to phish unsuspecting users. A team of university researchers spent more than $5,000 buying fake accounts to learn more about this underground market, presenting their findings Wednesday at the USENIX security conference in Washington, D.C.

"These Researchers Could End Twitter Spam Forever"
August 14, 2013 | Kris Holt, The Daily Dot

There are millions of spam profiles littering Twitter, and they’re practically unavoidable. But who’s behind this army of bogus accounts? A research team announced Wednesday it’s finally traced these default-egg-avatared nuisances to their source, and their findings could help cut Twitter cut spam off at the head.

"Researchers Buy Twitter Bots to Fight Twitter Spam"
August 14, 2013 |  Posted by Samzenpus, Slashdot.org

The success of social networking community Twitter has given rise to an entire shadow economy that peddles dummy Twitter accounts by the thousands, primarily to spammers, scammers and malware purveyors. But new research on identifying bogus accounts has helped Twitter to drastically deplete the stockpile of existing accounts for sale, and holds the promise of driving up costs for both vendors of these shady services and their customers.

"Virtual Currency Gains Ground in Actual World"
August 1, 2013 | Kate Murphy, New York Times

Depending on whom you ask, bitcoins are a goofy geek invention with as much long-term value as Monopoly money — or a technology development that could transform currency the way e-mail and texting have transformed correspondence.

"Roberto Pieraccini to Keynote Speech TEK 2013"
July 25, 2013 | Business Wire, reprinted in Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Information Today, Inc. has announced that Roberto Pieraccini, CEO of the International Computer Science Institute, will be a keynote speaker at the 2013 SpeechTEK Conference, being held August 19-21, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

 

Global Positioning System satellite technology (better known as GPS) is embedded into so many of the devices we use today for location purposes, that we sometimes take it for granted. From using it to find our way home when we are lost to getting directions to that new trendy restaurant, we don’t even give it a second thought anymore, yet, it’s a valuable tool in our daily routine.

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