Controversy Causing Web Celebs – Smart or Stupid?

Question Mark - Puzzle

There’s a new breed of celebrity that is becoming ever more popular in the 2010’s – and that’s the web celebrity.  Some become famous due to a definable talent or skill – but increasingly, many new ‘web celebs’ simply become famous for being famous – by means of causing controversy.

The two latest controversy causing teenagers on the scene are Reece Messer (Rileyy_69), who was recently suspended from social networking website Twitter, and Olly Riley, Rileyy_69’s arch nemesis.

So, why are they entering the realms of web celebrity status?  Well, basically, for being grossly offensive (in a lot of peoples opinions) to pretty much random people on the Internet.  Oh and in Olly’s case, asking for girl sock shots (if you don’t know what we’re on about, consult the ever growing list of tweets on the subject).

Obviously, the Internet is an excellent tool – and has allowed people to become famous in real life, based on real talent – for example, Lily Allen was discovered through her social networking profiles (mainly MySpace and YouTube) to which she had posted numerous videos.  Most people, no doubt, support this kind of web fame.

However, as in real life, there is only a select group who really appreciate, understand, respect or admire the ‘famous for being famous’ celebrities – mentioning no names!  ;).

Is causing controversy by being overtly vulgar and/or sexual something which society tolerates or actively encourages?  Both Messer and Riley gained tens (possibly over a hundred) thousand extra followers as a result of their public bickering and abuse.  Not only that, they, especially Messer, started gaining quite a bit of media attention, which started from the time when Messer abused Olympic and Team GB diving star, Tom Daley.

Twitter logoSo, why do these people manage to gain so many extra followers on Twitter?  Do we like them or are we simply amused and intrigued by their behaviour?

In what is now set to be an ever increasing trend, is society encouraging a new emerging group of teenagers who cause online mischief for the sake of gaining some sort of public recognition?  Do the people behind the profiles actually hold the, sometimes shocking, views that the express online or are they just clamouring the attention their statements will bring?

Maybe it’s for financial gain?  Or maybe that’s just of secondary importance?  Olly Riley recently released his own clothing range online and is believed to now be represented by an agent.  The success or otherwise of Riley’s new ventures has yet to be determined and DPS Computing can find no credible information regarding the sales figures for the online shop.

One things for sure at the moment – no matter what happens in the future, this web celeb trend is set to continue for a while yet.

Business Link To Shut In Latest Government Austerity Measures

The final nail is now in the coffin for Business Link, the resource designed by the government to encourage and support new businesses, as the announcement that it will close in October is finalised.

Under previous austerity measures, announced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition last year, all regional and offline Business Link services, offices and seminars were closed down and ceased to exist by November 2011.  At the same time, the online Business Link website was boosted with a major multi million pound revamp.

Barely 10 months after the costly revamp and launch of the Business Link website, the Government have confirmed that the Business Link website will close on 17th October 2012.

A shocking blow to new and small to medium sized businesses, the latest austerity measures aren’t likely to be popular with businesses that are already struggling for support in poor economic times.

It also calls into question the Governments decision to invest in a revamp of the Business Link website, to shut it down less than a year later – undoubtedly what will be considered a waste of tax payers money in a time when the UK is experiencing a double dip recession, the worst since World War II.

The Government becomes the latest in the line to reduce support for SMEs, following on from banks, which are still reluctant to loan to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Business Link is a government funded business advice and support service which started in 1993.  The final call on Business Link was looming after the announcement in 2011 that all regional Business Link services were to be terminated.  However, this was justified by the Government based on the fact that they were investing in a revamp as well as new content and tools on the Business Link website to counter the negative effects of local service termination.

By September 2012, Business Link sent out an e-mail to all its registered customers asking them to download any information they have stored on Business Link as it will no longer be available after the 17th October.

Business Link now becomes the latest victim of the coalition government, formed in 2010.

Government statements were keen to stress that Business Link was being absorbed into the new Gov.uk website, due to launch in October 2012, and was not being ‘shut down’ as such, more being ‘transferred’.

Following further investigation by DPS Computing Limited, we can confirm that this is only a partial truth.  While it is indeed correct that some of the standard, non-personalised ‘advice’ pages will appear on the new Gov.uk website, there will be no user areas, personalised information or ability to store company information or receive tailored support, as you can on the current Business Link website.  In addition, there will be no ‘Business Link’ website contained within the Gov.uk website – some of the advice sheets will simply be contained in appropriate sections, in a similar style to the current Directgov website, which is also being absorbed into the Gov.uk website.

Spampository – “Viagra+Viagra Super Active(Free)…” – MedBlue

Spampository – Entry – 000002

E-mail Details

From:  Canadiana Pharamcy s.kwzchqn[at]yahoo[dot]com
Subject: Viagra+Viagra Super Active(Free) – SUPER DISCOUNTS
Date Received: 08/01/2002 (FAKE)

Body:

USPS - Fast Delivery Shipping 1-4 day USA
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Fast Shipping USA 
Professional packaging
100% guarantee on delivery
Best prices in the market
Discounts for returning customers
FDA approved productas
35000+ satisfied customers

Buy Cheap Viagra+Viagra Super Active(Free) - SUPER DISCOUNTS

This pack includes 90 pills of Viagra(generic) 100mg and 
60 pills Viagra Super Acftive 100mg which you receive absolutely Free!
Due to technical problems at the bank all orders made from 21 August 2012 
to 27 August 2012 will be processed on 1 September 2012
. We will add 50% MORE PILLS to every product ordered. 
For example: for the order of 120 pills you will get 60 pills more, means
 180 pills in the total. Please accept our apologize for the inconveniences.

http://eaguh[dot]med-blue[dot]ru

Analysis

Status: CONFIRMED SPAM
Spam Topic:
  • Medicine
URLs Implicated:
  • med-blue[dot]ru

Spam Warning Signs

  • Advertising medication.
  • Not personally addressed.
  • Generic unsolicited advertising.
  • Invalid (forged) received date.  Actually received August 2012.
  • The URLs being linked to in the e-mail do not match the domain name URL from which the e-mail was sent.
  • .ru domain names are well known to be used by spammers.
  • The subject of the e-mail is of a spammy nature – the use of the word viagra being a classic example.
  • A free e-mail address (Yahoo) has been used.
  • No reputable pharmacy would be advertising in such a way.
  • No reputable pharmacy would be using a free Yahoo e-mail account.
  • Poor spelling and grammar.
  • Broken English.

Conclusion

Well, well, well.  We’ve got another e-mail advertising medication again.  And surprise surprise, Viagra is the focus again!  The warning signs in this e-mail are just screaming out.  Now, where to start.

It’s not personally adressed neither does it contain any specific information relating to yourself.  It just a generic advertising for ‘Viagra’ – and we put it in quotation marks as the tablets that are sent out are more likely to contain washing powder than what should be in Viagra!

Again, another classic sign – the domains they are linking to within the body of the e-mail don’t match the senders e-mail address.  The senders e-mail address is a free Yahoo e-mail address (again, another warning sign) and the domain being linked to is a .ru name, which is fairly popular with spammers.

Remember, no reputable pharmacy is going to advertise like this and they most certainly won’t be using a free e-mail address.  Anything you order, if indeed you do receive anything, isn’t going to be what you think it is.  And in all probability, they’re probably looking for your personal information to commit identity theft or run up a bill on your card.

Also, even though we’re UK based, the spam itself is obviously targeted at the US market.  The spammers are likely using a crude system where they assume a ‘.com’ is based in the US.

Don’t buy medication online!!

Spampository – “Re:” – Mediceart/Sabadelluniversitat

Spampository – Entry – 000001

E-mail Details

From:  Order <3D77908@sabadelluniversitat.org>
Subject: Re:
Date Received: 01/01/2001 (FAKE)

Body:

== Best Products ==

Vigra ** 0.74$

Levira ** 1.80$

Cilias ** 1.67$

Female_Vigra ** 1.59$

Family Pack ** 2$

Professional Pack ** 3.43$

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http://AExKY[dot]mediceart[dot]ru/

..also

## Lowest prices
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## Official distributors
## Worldwide trackable shipping
## Gifts and discounts
## 1 day fast delivery for US customers.

http://sBqw[dot]mediceart.[dot]ru/

Analysis

Status: CONFIRMED SPAM
Spam Topic:
  • Medicine
URLs Implicated:
  • mediceart[dot]ru
  • sabadelluniversitat[dot]org

Spam Warning Signs

  • Advertising medication.
  • Not personally addressed.
  • Generic unsolicited advertising.
  • Invalid (forged) received date.  Actually received August 2012.
  • The URLs being linked to in the e-mail do not match the domain name URL from which the e-mail was sent.
  • .ru domain names are well known to be used by spammers.
  • The subject of the e-mail is of a spammy nature.
  • Possibly forged ‘from’ address.

Conclusion

This is a very typical and easy to spot spam e-mail.  All e-mails offering to sell medication over the Internet, and in most cases, advertising ‘without prescription’ are fake.  There are numerous different ways in which spammers implement these types of scams.

Firstly, it might be to collect your information for the purposes of identity fraud.  In this case, you won’t receive anything that you ‘order’.

Secondly, the may be hoping that you click on the link which may be a website infected with malware or other undesirable things – such as lots of advertising.

Thirdly, they may send you products, in this case medicines, when you order however these are all but assured to be fakes and of questionable quality.  They may be cut with other cheap ‘ingredients’ or be a completely different medication which can result in serious side effects.

All medication sold online in this manner will be fake.  The links in this e-mail should not be followed and the website mediceart[dot]ru should not be trusted.

The ‘from’ address is likely to have been spoofed, using a .org name in an attempt to give it more credibility.

Many spammers / scammer choose to use .ru domain names when committing these types of scams.