Swath and dating
My friend, Ryan, who had videotaped the event, was driving; I was bored. "Can't they see that it says '50' on my profile page? Throughout my life, trouble has begun with these three words: I was bored. The idea of Tinder was titillating -- finally, a fast, easy, efficient way to get rejected! If we matched (that is, if my future beloved swiped right on my picture, as well -- which stated my age, 50, in bold font -- good luck, Gigi! For more on this research, see Zero FOX’s blog post Inside a Massive Siren Social Network Spam Botnet.This entry was posted on Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at am and is filed under Other.“They also have overbearing policies that can use personally information of their customers to send to other affiliate programs, yielding more spam to the victim.Much like the infamous ‘partnerka’ networks from the Russian Business Network, money is paid out via clicks and signups on affiliate programs” [links added].Those phony Twitter accounts all featured images of attractive or scantily-clad women, and all were being promoted via suggestive tweets, Allen said.
From there the system is smart enough to redirect users back to Twitter if they appear to be part of any automated attempt to crawl the links (e.g.
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I was first, er, exposed to Tinder, the dating app, on a car ride home from a book signing. "Ryan," I said, having not paid attention to him for the last 45 minutes of the ride, for Tinder was all-encompassing (a harbinger of things to come) -- the perfect soporific for my primitive lizard brain. There are meetings for widows and widowers, for gamblers and for Internet addiction. It's even more exciting if you, um, accidentally swipe right -- and you're matched.
Not long after I published Inside a Porn-Pimping Spam Botnet, I heard from researchers at Zero FOX, a security firm that helps companies block attacks coming through social media.
Zack Allen, manager of threat operations at Zero FOX, said he had a look at some of the spammy, adult-themed domains being promoted by the botnet in my research and found they were all being promoted through a botnet of bogus Twitter accounts.