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Already facing an uphill misinformation fight, Facebook loses to scammers, too

Enlarge / A partial screenshot of one of the profiles pushing an adult dating scam on Facebook. Responding to critics in the US Congress and elsewhere who say Facebook isn’t doing enough to stop the flow of disinformation, the social network in recent days has purged hundreds of accounts it found were designed to sway elections, sow social division, and prop up ruthless governments. The focus has left an opening for scammers who routinely use Facebook to send unsuspecting users to fraudulent dating sites. Randy Abrams, a senior security analyst at Webroot, told Ars that the account belonging to one of his family members was recently compromised. The people behind the compromise used the hacked account to send Abrams requests to like various accounts, which all showed images of scantily clad women inviting visitors to view videos. Many of the fake profiles had followers and likes in excess of 6,500, an indication the scam has been gaining traction. At the time this post went live, the campaign remained active, even after Ars reported it to the company's PR representatives. The videos redirected to a variety of sites that invited viewers to meet nearby women who wanted sex. Many of the images on these sites showed nude women and asked visitors to enter credit card numbers to proceed. Clicking the browser's back arrow created an endless series of new sites. The only way to get out of the never-ending loop was to close the tab. Read 15 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Winamp 6, due out in 2019, aims to whip more llama ass

Enlarge (credit: Keng Susumpow / Flickr ) Rejoice, llama-whipping fans, a new version of Winamp is set to be released in 2019, according to a Monday report by TechCrunch . Alexandre Saboundjian, the CEO of Radionomy , said that the upgrade would bring a "complete listening experience." AudioValley , Radionomy's parent company, did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Verizon fiber suffered “unprecedented” damage from Hurricane Michael

Enlarge / Vehicles sit partially submerged in floodwaters after Hurricane Michael hit in Panama City, Florida, US, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Nearly 300,000 households were still without home Internet, phone, or TV service yesterday in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, as telcos scramble to repair networks damaged by Hurricane Michael . More than 200,000 of the households without cable or wireline service are in Florida, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Mobile service has also taken a big hit, with outages affecting about 15 percent of cell sites in the 21 Florida counties where the FCC is tracking hurricane-related outages. Carriers have made progress in reducing those outage numbers the past few days. Nearly 29 percent of tracked cell sites in Florida were out as of October 11, but the outage rate has been nearly cut in half since. Read 15 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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