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GoDaddy weakness let bomb threat scammers hijack thousands of big-name domains

(credit: Alejandro Mejía Greene (flickr user: ·júbilo·haku·) ) Remember the December 13 email blast that threatened to blow up buildings and schools unless recipients paid a $20,000 ransom? It triggered mass evacuations, closures, and lockdowns in the US, Canada, and elsewhere around the world. An investigation shows the spam run worked by abusing a weakness at GoDaddy that allowed the scammers to hijack at least 78 domains belonging to Expedia, Mozilla, Yelp and other legitimate people or organizations. The same exploit allowed the scammers to hijack thousands of other domains belonging to a long list of other well-known organizations for use in other malicious email campaigns. Some of those other campaigns likely included ones that threatened to publish embarrassing sex videos unless targets paid ransoms. Distributing the malicious emails across such a broad swath of reputable domains belonging to well-recognized organizations was a major coup. The technique, known as snowshoe spamming , drastically increased the chances the emails would be delivered because it weakened the reputation metrics spam filters rely on. Rather than appearing as fringe content sent by one or a handful of sketchy domains, the snowshoe technique gave the emails an air of legitimacy and normalcy. The technique gets it name because, like snowshoes, it distributes the heavy load evenly across a wide area. Read 18 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Facebook is investigating whether News for Democracy, a left-leaning organization backed by Reid Hoffman, violated its community standards and ad…

Washington Post : Facebook is investigating whether News for Democracy, a left-leaning organization backed by Reid Hoffman, violated its community standards and ad policies   —  Facebook said it is investigating whether an organization backed by Internet billionaire and Democratic megadonor Reid Hoffman violated …

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A Facebook ad campaign associating Roy Moore with calls for a state alcohol ban during Alabama’s Senate race was a false flag operation by Democratic…

New York Times : A Facebook ad campaign associating Roy Moore with calls for a state alcohol ban during Alabama's Senate race was a false flag operation by Democratic activists   —  The “Dry Alabama” Facebook page, illustrated with stark images of car wrecks and videos of families ruined by drink …

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HTC announces subscription service Viveport Infinity, coming April 5, to give users unlimited access to a catalog of 500+ VR apps and games (Janko…

Janko Roettgers / Variety : HTC announces subscription service Viveport Infinity, coming April 5, to give users unlimited access to a catalog of 500+ VR apps and games   —  HTC used its CES press conference in Las Vegas on Monday to introduce two new headsets: The company introduced an updated version of the Vive Pro …

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Intel announces Project Athena, a multiyear roadmap for Windows- and Chrome-powered laptops specced with 5G, AI, and more; first devices shipping in…

Mark Hachman / PCWorld : Intel announces Project Athena, a multiyear roadmap for Windows- and Chrome-powered laptops specced with 5G, AI, and more; first devices shipping in H2 2019   —  A little less than eight years ago Intel helped usher in the era of thin-and-light notebook PCs, then called ultrabooks.

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Tumblr’s initial embrace of pornography helped it grow users, but it has since been phased out following Yahoo acquisition (Lux Alptraum/The Verge)

Lux Alptraum / The Verge : Tumblr's initial embrace of pornography helped it grow users, but it has since been phased out following Yahoo acquisition   —  When censoring sex becomes preferable to acknowledging its existence  —  About a decade ago, I met up with Tumblr founder David Karp at a SoHo coffee shop.

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Epic’s PC and Mac games store, announced earlier this week, is live with Epic’s own Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, Supergiant Games’ Hades, with more…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Epic's PC and Mac games store, announced earlier this week, is live with Epic's own Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, Supergiant Games' Hades, with more to come   —  It's a busy week for Epic Games .  Fresh from pushing out a major season 7 update for Fortnite, so the gaming giant has taken the wraps off its own games store.

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Amazon says Alexa can now better recognize context, such as playing the right song after an inaccurate request or launching a skill without hearing…

Dami Lee / The Verge : Amazon says Alexa can now better recognize context, such as playing the right song after an inaccurate request or launching a skill without hearing its name   —  Alexa will understand you meant to say, ‘Play Nice for What’ instead of ‘Good for What’  —  In a developer blog post published today …

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