Related News: The Follower Factory

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The New York Times published an article titled The Follower Factory:

All these accounts belong to customers of an obscure American company named Devumi that has collected millions of dollars in a shadowy global marketplace for social media fraud. Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online. Drawing on an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold many times over, the company has provided customers with more than 200 million Twitter followers, a New York Times investigation found.

Source: The New York Times

Related News: Experian Sold Consumer Data to ID Theft Service

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Krebs on Security published an article titled Experian Sold Consumer Data to ID Theft Service.

In March 2012, Court Ventures was purchased by Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Experian, one of the three major consumer credit bureaus. According to Martin, the proprietors of had gained access to Experian’s databases by posing as a U.S.-based private investigator. In reality, Martin said, the individuals apparently responsible for running were based in Vietnam.

Source: Krebs on Security