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Facebook sues alleged Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez sex tape spammer

November 20th 2013 in Uncategorized

Good news 🙂

Facebook has turned to the courts for help in scraping off a pesky spammer who allegedly keeps coming back to do things like hijack victims’ accounts and automatically post celebrity porn, including a fake Justin Bieber-Selena Gomez sex tape.

According to a complaint Facebook filed on Friday in the US District Court of the Northern District of California, the defendant – Christopher Peter Tarquini, of the US state of New Jersey – is allegedly a “recidivist” spammer who’s inundated the site with messages purporting to link to pornographic celebrity images.

Facebook says that when users clicked on the posts or their racy images, the messages were then automatically shared with the victims’ Facebook friends.

Meanwhile, Facebook users’ browsers were being redirected to marketing websites that paid Tarquini and his associates for the traffic.”

Facebook says it spent thousands to track Tarquini down and stop the alleged scam.

But even after Facebook notified Tarquini that he was breaking Facebook’s rights, and even after it yanked his Facebook account and told him he was no longer authorized to access the site and services, he kept right on doing what he was doing, Facebook said in the complaint.”

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/11/20/facebook-sues-alleged-justin-bieber-and-selena-gomez-sex-tape-spammer


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It kind of adds insult to injury. Imagine being bilked once, then being bilked again by somebody who promises to help you get your money back from the first bilking if you give them up to $499…
The judgment against the miscreants was for $5.2 MILLION (suspended upon payment of $90,000).
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/11/brs.shtm

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Now, I knew about monitoring of TV shows watched (a Smart TV advertisement that shows in Australia flashes a brief, small font, warning across the bottom of the advertisement) but I didn’t know about the monitoring and transmission of information about personal media files…
This is worth a read: http://grahamcluley.com/2013/11/lg-smart-tv-can-spy/
Original, detailed, article: http://doctorbeet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/lg-smart-tvs-logging-usb-filenames-and.html

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