Amazon Prime Day

Today is Amazon Prime Day. CNN Money reports that the Amazon Prime Day sale is the “biggest global Amazon event ever”. If you spend a few moments navigating the news portals, you’ll find a number of articles related to Amazon Prime Day that cover topics ranging from what it is, weird things to buy  and even […]

Amazon Third Party Ads Cont.

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Malvertising, Online Advertising, Tech Support Scam

An anonymous reader wrote to me in order to point out that finding a single bad ad on a massive site like Amazon is not worth noting purely because of how much traffic passes through it. Anonymous doesn’t understand that this is not a once off scenario and the fact that I find bad ads […]

Third Party Advertising

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Malvertising, Online Advertising, Tech Support Scam

“Don’t do it.” That’s my advice to any network entertaining the notion of third party advertisers. The simple fact of the matter is that when you on board third party advertisers you’re putting your network’s reputation on the line, but more importantly: potentially jeopardizing the safety of your users. The economic benefits of third party […]

US Senate & the Tech Support Scam

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Tech Support Scam

Running a Tech Support scam? Based in India? Think you’re safe? Think again. Senator Susan M. Collins “According to Microsoft, these computer tech support scams cost Americans an estimated $1.5 billion a year” “Putting a stop to the multitude of ruthless scams that target seniors is among the Committee’s top priorities.” “If you had this […]

Tech Support Scams – What Lies Beneath?

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Tech Support Scam, Wire Fraud

In the Tech Support scam, a scammer hijacks a well known brand in an effort to lure a victim who is then deceived into paying for an unnecessary/non-existent service or installing malware infected payloads. This scam has been picked up by quite a few players in the last couple of years, successfully catching people left, […]