Monthly Archives: October 2013

The EU Parliament Rules Facebook With 1 Million Followers

Rational Arrogance

Nine months, thousands of Twitter trolls and $3 million later, the EU Parliament may finally announce that they’ve actually achieved something: 1 million followers on Facebook!

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I don’t think there’s any EU citizens who will disagree that the massive campaign to improve the EU administration’s image in social media is a success – and money well spent!

One million people follow the European Parliament on Facebook, making it the biggest Facebook page of any of the European institutions, the parliament proudly announced on Monday.

In light of what the same Parliament have spent on different measures to improve their cracking image lately, it puts a price tag on every follower at about 3 buck. I don’t know if that’s in line with the current market rates, but it seems a little stiff to me…

But hey! One million followers!

Think about what you can do with one million Facebook…

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Trader Blows the Whistle on Bernanke’s Secret Money Transferes

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There is definitely something suspicious going on here. I just can’t put my finger on it…

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A trader who calls himself “LongShortTrader” (LST) – must be some hedge fund guy – just tweeted the email above, apparently from the US FED chairman, Ben. S. Bernanke, notifying LST of a USD 10 million cash inflow. It didn’t take him long to short this option…

Perhaps it was the Hotmail address that made him suspicious?

Or maybe the last remark?

“Thanks for banking with Federal Reserve Bank while we looking forward to serving you with the best of our service.”

Wow! That’s a bank I would trust with my money!

But something mysterious is going on here. I’m not thinking about the Hotmail address or the corny language.

Is it a coincidence that this email surface at this exact point in time, when the US government is shut…

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For Every 7 New Social Media Account, 5 New Fake Are Found

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I assume most of you are familiar with the term “spam” and have some idea what it’s all about. The you should easily figure out the expression “social spam“.  It sounds almost a bit nicer, but don’t be fooled. Because you are now the main target of organized cyber criminals, infiltrating your social networks, making you into a hidden part of their new botnets for distribution of illegal drugs, child pornography and counterfeit products.

“Social bots and fake accounts are used to infiltrate the victim’s social media world. Together, these new attack methods can significantly detract from a brand’s social media presence and the social marketing ROI.”

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The reasearch team at Nextgate have jus released their report “2013 State of Social Media Spam”. Witch, by the way, is up 355 percent in the first half of 2013.  Actually, ,as much as 40% of all social media accounts may have been used to magnify and broaden the spam distribution over the last 2 years, the report says.

phishingE-mail providers have made substantial efforts to block the annoying mass mailing from…

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