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Did a 1940s U.S. War Department Film Compare Anti-Minority Hate Speech to Nazi Propaganda?

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CLAIM A U.S. War Department film from the 1940s warns Americans that political rhetoric condemning minorities and foreigners is a precursor to fascist movements like Nazism. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 12 August 2017, in the aftermath of a so-called “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended in a fatal vehicular attack, Al […]




No more shady links! Google rolls out anti-phishing mechanisms for …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google has rolled out its anti-phishing mechanisms for the Gmail app for iPhone users that will warn you about potential phishing attacks when you click on a shady link. Google said the new feature will take nearly two weeks before it is available everywhere. According to a statement, Google said that if you […]




Melania Trump Criticizes Charlottesville Violence, Plagiarizes Michelle Obama?

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CLAIM First Lady Melania Trump again copied words from Michelle Obama while denouncing violence in Charlottesville. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 12 August 2017, First Lady Melania Trump publicly responded to violent events that had taken place earlier that day at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, by tweeting the following: Our country encourages […]




Bad guys phishing for cash

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I recently received an email from my bank, notifying me that they were upgrading their security systems, and that my account information needed to be updated. The email included a convenient link which took me directly to my bank’s website. No problem, I thought, so I did my duty, and visited the website. After entering […]




Driver in Charlottesville Car Attack Identified as James Alex Fields, Jr.

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An Ohio man has been charged in connection with driving a car into a group of peaceful counter-protestors during a white nationalist rally on 12 August 2017, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least nineteen others before backing away at top speed and driving off. James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, faces murder charges and […]




Gmail iOS app will now warn you about phishing attempts | 9to5Mac

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Back in May, Google updated its Gmail app on Android to warn about phishing attempts. It is now rather belatedly bringing that same protection to the iOS app. The protection kicks in if you click on a sketchy link in an email, with two different levels of warning … NordVPN If Google knows the site […]




Did Vladimir Putin Say North Korea Doesn’t Have Nuclear Weapons But Has ‘Trillions’ in Minerals?

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CLAIM Vladimir Putin said North Korea doesn’t have nuclear weapons, but does possess trillions of dollars in mineral wealth. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 11 August 2017, the disreputable web site Neon Nettle posted a story reporting that Russia’s president Vladimir Putin made remarks indicating that the United States was threatening war with North Korea […]




PhishMe offers free phishing training tool to SMBs | TechCrunch

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There are lots of reasons scammers send a phishing email. They may want to get access to the company network or perhaps a quick payout with ransomware. Maybe it’s just a good old-fashioned con to trick someone into sending money or personally identifiable information, but whatever the reason, everyday countless phishing emails are sent into the […]




Did a University of Georgia Professor Let Students Pick Their Own Grades?

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CLAIM A University of Georgia professor allowed students to pick their own grades. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 7 August 2017, the conservative college news site Campus Reform posted a story reporting that a University of Georgia business professor had instituted a “stress reduction policy” that allowed students to select their own grades: A University […]




PhishMe offers free phishing training tool to SMBs

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There are lots of reasons scammers send a phishing email. They may want to get access to the company network or perhaps a quick payout with ransomware. Maybe it’s just a good old fashioned con to trick someone into sending money or personally identifiable information, but whatever the reason, everyday countless phishing emails are sent into […]




Did Walmart Place a Sign Over a Gun Display Urging Students to ‘Own the School Year Like a Hero’?

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CLAIM Walmart placed a sign urging kids to “own the school year like a hero” right over a gun display. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 9 August 2017, Twitter user Ismail Kidd Noorzai posted a photograph to his Twitter page showing what appeared to be a rifle display at Walmart with a sign directly over it […]




IRS Warns Tax Pros About New Phishing Scam – Forbes

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Shutterstock The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies, and the tax industry, as part of the Security Summit, are warning tax professionals about a new scam making the rounds. The new scam involves a phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords. The timing isn’t coincidental: now is the […]




Did Russian Scientists Discover a ‘Cure’ for Homosexuality?

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CLAIM Researchers at the Russian Institute for Medical Science discovered a new vaccine that may “prevent” or “cure” homosexuality in humans. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 6 August 2017, the fake news web site Loyalys posted an article in which it was reported that Russian scientists have discovered a “cure to [sic] homosexuality”: Novosibirsk | […]




PhishNet: Your best phishing trip

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While it may seem bonkers to anyone who lives and breathes in the digital space, the importance of cybersecurity has taken a while to hit the mainstream’s radar. This all changed this year thanks to the arrival of some particularly nasty malware that spread like wildfire through computer networks on a global scale. First up, […]




Did Justin Bieber and Katy Perry Say Pedophiles Run the Music Industry?

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CLAIM Justin Bieber and Katy Perry made public statements warning that the music industry is run by pedophiles. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In early August 2017, articles appeared on unreliable web sites reporting that two of the most popular entertainers in pop music, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, had made public statements asserting that the […]