10 Dec 2019

FTC: Cambridge Analytica Deceived Facebook Users

The FTC has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived tens of millions of Facebook users by harvesting their personal data. The FTC recently confirmed the allegations made in July, stating that the company aimed to influence the 2016 elections. The FTC stated that the app specifically told users that it would

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17 Dec 2018

Facebook Flaw Exposes Private Photos for 6.8M Users

A new Facebook disclosure announced that another bug lead to 1,500 third-party applications with access to 6.8 million users’ unposted “draft” photos. These photos included uploaded, but not posted photos, as well as photos across Facebook Marketplace and Stories. As such breaches proliferate with an ever-expanding base of impacted accounts

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04 Nov 2018

Messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts reportedly up for sale

“Hackers are reportedly offering to sell private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook accounts.mMany of the compromised accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia, but some are from the US, the UK, Brazil and other countries, the BBC reported Friday. The hackers claim to have details from 120 million

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22 Oct 2018

What Spammers Could Do with Your Hacked Facebook Data

Recently leaked data from 15 million Facebook accounts included names, email addresses, and phone numbers, while a further 14 million accounts had their usernames, date of births, gender, devices used, language settings, and possibly their relationship statuses, religion, hometown, current city, work, education, past 10 location checkins, and past 15

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16 Oct 2018

No One Can Get Cybersecurity Disclosure Just Right

Facebook’s recent data breach impacting several millions of people “served as the first major test run of disclosure requirements in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Facebook could face more than $1.5 billion in fines under GDPR just for allowing the breach in the first place. But the company

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03 Oct 2018

Massive Facebook breach spurs calls for regulation

Facebook’s September 28 announcement of a hack that compromised 50 million accounts will likely become part of a growing set of breaches that is moving Congress to consider regulation. The Facebook statement following the hack said that “attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code” and that “this allowed them to

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21 Aug 2018

The U.S. Government Wants to Wiretap Facebook Messenger in an MS-13 Case

An ongoing case in California has pitted Facebook against the US Justice Department, who wants Facebook to share decrypted voice messages as part of an investigation on the gang MS-13. Details of the case are sealed, but sources indicate that Facebook may be held in contempt of court for refusing

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08 Apr 2015

Stay Safe Online by Following the Safety Guidelines Law Enforcement Officers Use

Participating in social networking sites and communicating online can cause anxiety for those that are not comfortable maintaining their online identities to high standard of privacy and security. Additionally, a poorly maintained profile can result in exploitation by malicious attackers seeking to engage in fraud against you and/or your family

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