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OT But Scam Warning: Coronavirus: How hackers are preying on fears ofCovid-19



 
 
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Old March 18th 20, 12:01 PM posted to alt.os.linux,alt.windows7.general,comp.mobile.android,uk.telecom.broadband
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Default OT But Scam Warning: Coronavirus: How hackers are preying on fears of Covid-19

In article , Carlos E.R.
wrote:


anyone who sees broken urls can choose to use a newsreader that doesn't
break them. very simple.


No, we can not.


yes you can.
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Old March 18th 20, 04:17 PM posted to alt.os.linux,alt.windows7.general,comp.mobile.android,uk.telecom.broadband
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Default OT But Scam Warning: Coronavirus: How hackers are preying on fears of Covid-19

nospam wrote:
In article , Carlos E.R.
wrote:


anyone who sees broken urls can choose to use a newsreader that doesn't
break them. very simple.


No, we can not.


yes you can.


Both of you need to give justification for your statements!

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Old March 18th 20, 05:48 PM posted to alt.os.linux,alt.windows7.general,comp.mobile.android,uk.telecom.broadband
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Default OT But Scam Warning: Long and short URLs

On 3/17/2020 10:28 PM, Steve Hayes wrote:
On Sat, 14 Mar 2020 15:56:22 -0300, Shadow wrote:

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/social-engineering/2020/02/battling-online-coronavirus-scams-with-facts/

Would have saved us the bother. And the tracking. All the URL
shorteners are trackers.
Why do people do it?


Most of the long URLs are trackers, and the shorteners just shorten
the tracking information.


Enclosing the URL in seems to prevent them from being broken on the
news readers that I use.

But the reality is that most people on Usenet are using anti-tracking on
all of their browsers. It can be quite amazing to look at the trackers
that an extension like Ghostery blocks. Even on non-shortened links
there is a lot of tracking.

There's a study of privacy tools at
https://webtransparency.cs.princeton.edu/webcensus/
Firefox appears to have the best built-in privacy protection options.

I checked three of my tinyurl links and Ghostery (on Chrome) did not
report any tracking attempts.

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Old March 18th 20, 05:58 PM posted to alt.os.linux,alt.windows7.general,comp.mobile.android,uk.telecom.broadband
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Default OT But Scam Warning: Long and short URLs

In article , sms
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Enclosing the URL in seems to prevent them from being broken on the
news readers that I use.


as it should be.

this is nothing new either. it goes back many, many years.

But the reality is that most people on Usenet are using anti-tracking on
all of their browsers. It can be quite amazing to look at the trackers
that an extension like Ghostery blocks. Even on non-shortened links
there is a lot of tracking.


some do, some don't.

you have no way of knowing what methods anyone is using and how it's
configured.

the reality is that user tracking is *very* extensive, and to block it
requires a *lot* of effort. simply installing a browser plugin might
help a little bit by blocking some ads and popups, but in the grand
scheme of things, it doesn't do much.
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Old March 18th 20, 09:38 PM posted to alt.os.linux,alt.windows7.general,comp.mobile.android,uk.telecom.broadband
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Default OT But Scam Warning: Coronavirus: How hackers are preying onfears of Covid-19

On 18/03/2020 17.17, Graham J wrote:
nospam wrote:
In article , Carlos E.R.
wrote:


anyone who sees broken urls can choose to use a newsreader that doesn't
break them. very simple.

No, we can not.


yes you can.


Both of you need to give justification for your statements!


Oh, tell me what other software has the same feature set as Thunderbird
without that URL wrapping problem. In Linux.

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Cheers, Carlos.
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Old March 31st 20, 09:50 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default OT But Scam Warning: Coronavirus: How hackers are preying onfears of Covid-19

Is the huge amount of SPAM at the moment because the SPAMMERS are all at
home with nothing better to do than send out even more SPAM?

Also they know there are many people alse at home, with time on their
hands so able to see their SPAM.
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Old March 31st 20, 09:46 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default OT But Scam Warning: Coronavirus: How hackers are preying on fears of Covid-19

MB wrote:
Is the huge amount of SPAM at the moment because the SPAMMERS are all at
home with nothing better to do than send out even more SPAM?


The drugs spammers are probably in West Africa, posting from internet cafes
(and with no intention of actually supplying any drugs). If Lagos is locked
down, the spam may slow down.


Also they know there are many people alse at home, with time on their
hands so able to see their SPAM.


Yes, that's probably the main reason for the increase.


 




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