A scam at Mercado Livre in which criminals start shopping on the site and then send fake emails to confuse victims caught the attention of dnetc readers in July. A social sex network, a mysterious image that went viral on Twitter and issues related to Orkut and MSN’s nostalgia also stood out in the month. To remember the most relevant content for our readers in the last 30 days, check out the list of highlights.
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1. Fake purchase scam on Mercado Livre
Fake buying scam at Mercado Livre was the highlight of July – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
The fraud was created by criminals who made false purchases of products advertised on the Free Market. Using the seller’s interest in closing deals, scammers induce the victim to send the products before payment is made. The attack is sophisticated and the alleged buyers even tamper with e-mails from the sales platform and falsify shipping labels with instructions – a standard procedure of Mercado Livre. In such cases, salespeople should pay attention to the email address used by the criminals, which does not match the official website email.
Beach or car? Image generates debate among Twitter users – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter
A photo posted on Twitter intrigued users as it gave rise to interpretations that did not match reality. According to the author of the post, who is a Pakistani fashion designer, the image is of the door of a car that needed repair. However, the optical illusion seems to show a beach at night, with sky, rocks and stars. In a report to dnetc, Muhammad Nayem, explained that he realized the optical illusion and bet that the image could go viral on the network.
Sexlog is a social network aimed at people looking for sexual partners – Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira
With the objective of connecting people looking for partners for sexual relations, Sexlog is a social network aimed at people over 18 years old. The platform allows users to create profiles and book sexual encounters based on fetishes, costumes, swing and private video calls with people in the community. The online network offers features such as adding friends, sending messages and discussion groups.
4. Slang and expressions from the 2000s
Material about slang used in the 2000s was highlighted in dnetc during the month of July – Photo: Disclosure / Google
Anyone who has heard phrases like «The top is mine», «Just add with scrap» or «Quer tc», knows that these expressions were common in programs and message sites or social networks in the 2000s. The terms, which are no longer most used, were common when chatting via MSN, ICQ or Orkut. In our article, we list the 13 slang terms and expressions that are widely used in these services during the pre-Facebook period.
5. Retirement calculator
Simulating retirement in the new social security system – Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
The pension reform debates left doubts about the time remaining for retirement. The Federal Government created a website that allows you to calculate the required contribution time and view the minimum age defined for men and women according to the new social security rules. In this tutorial is the step by step to access the platform and calculate how much work time is left until retirement.
Federal Police Operation Spoofing arrests hackers accused of hacking Sergio Moro’s cell phone – Photo: Reproduction / Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom (Agência Brasil Archive)
In an article published in July are the details of how the technique used by hackers to access cell phones of Brazilian authorities, including Minister of Justice Sérgio Moro, works. The method, known as Spoofing, is based on impersonating users’ identities to intercept personal information. In addressing the issue, we show that this type of attack has varied actions in e-mail, SMS, calls, websites and IP address systems.
7. Facebook and the $ 5 billion fine
Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s company, received the biggest fine ever given to a technology company – Photo: Disclosure / Facebook
Facebook received a $ 5 billion fine last month for the Cambridge Analytica case, the highest figure recorded so far. Other technology companies have also paid high sums for non-compliance with rules in several countries, such as Google, which had to disburse € 1.49 billion to the body that defends European Union interests. In our list, we have gathered the top five fines involving technology companies.
8. Ten Excel-ready spreadsheets
Ready Excel spreadsheets help organize life – Photo: Disclosure / Microsoft
Finally, a list of ten ready-made worksheets can help our readers to organize topics such as expenses, medication details, plans for physical exercises, class schedules and other goals. Excel allows users to edit spreadsheets to organize personal activities, budgets and other actions that make our lives faster. Microsoft offers ready-made templates that can streamline edits so they receive user-defined data.