Stolen Tumblr Data Up for Sale; US, Vietnam World’s Biggest Spammers

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - The Tumblr logo is displayed at Nasdaq, in New York. (AP)

FILE – The Tumblr logo is displayed at Nasdaq, in New York. (AP)

65 Million Tumblr Account Records Up for sale on Underground Market

A few week after Tumblr notified users it suffered a data breach, 65 million records showed up for sale on the dark web. The information is on offer on a dark market site called TheRealDeal, owned by the same person who sold 167 million records stolen from Linkedin, as well as data stolen from MySpace and Tumblr said the attack occurred on May 12.

Kaspersky: Vietnam World’s Second Biggest Source of Spam

Kaspersky Lab’s Spam and Phishing Report has placed Vietnam as the world’s second-largest source of spam for the first quarter of 2016, thereby replacing Russia. The United States remained in the top position.

Report: One in Five Smartphone Users Block Ads 

A new report from PageFair found that one in five global smartphone – about 419 million people – use ad blockers on their devices. According to the report, most users with browsers that block ads are in China – up to 159 million people, followed by India with 122 million ad blockers. The prevalence of ad blockers is costing online publishers a lot of money in ad revenues. The newspaper industry is fighting back.



Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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