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Thwarting democracy? Impermium Index Finds Voter Coercion on the Social Web

Thwarting democracy? Impermium Index Finds Voter Coercion on the Social Web

Voters beware:  Political propaganda has infiltrated the social web.  The latest edition of the Impermium Index has uncovered widespread social spam campaigns attempting to sway votes in the GOP Republican race.  Our research shows that since the summer of 2011, organized political-spam tactics have been in use on the social web, with activity peaking around...
Social Spam Watch:  Mainstream Media Warns Consumers

Social Spam Watch: Mainstream Media Warns Consumers

Social spam is becoming a significant consumer problem, as signaled by an early January article  by the Wall Street Journal and several other recent stories in mainstream media.  The latest is a PC World article which provides consumers a comprehensive summary of various forms of new digital spam and how to prevent it. We’re encouraged...
Halloween Edition of Impermium Index Reveals Social Spam Goblins Galore

Halloween Edition of Impermium Index Reveals Social Spam Goblins Galore

Web site owners beware:  the latest edition of the Impermium Index reveals another round of scary statistics on social web spam trends.   The haunting report reveals why social spam is spreading so rampantly and how companies are fighting (or are failing to fight) these rampant attacks.  We also cover the latest social web spam content...
Social Spammers Stoop to New Low, Exploit Steve Jobs' Passing

Social Spammers Stoop to New Low, Exploit Steve Jobs’ Passing

When we published the first Impermium Index summary in August, we highlighted news-driven exploits as one of six disturbing trends that is growing in popularity among social spammers.  Their motivations are simple:  getting clicks gets them paid.  And spammers know that pulling on our emotional strings are a great way to draw them.  What used...
Debut Impermium Index Reveals Surprising Trends in Social Web Spam Attacks

Debut Impermium Index Reveals Surprising Trends in Social Web Spam Attacks

We’ve long speculated that social web spam and abuse carry greater consequences for users and site owners than simply being a nuisance. In fact, they pose significant reputation risk and cost to nearly all Internet businesses. Today we unveiled the Impermium Index — the first, comprehensive set of data and analysis on the types and...