04 Oct 2019

Experts Slam US, Australia and UK’s Facebook Encryption Demands

The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia are urging Facebook not to implement end-to-end encryption on its Instagram and Messenger services. Earlier this year, the FTC slapped a $5bn fine on the social media giant over data protection and privacy issues that led to the Cambridge

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23 Sep 2019

Facebook suspended tens of thousands of apps from 400 developers

Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps as the result of an investigation into the data handling practices of third-party apps on the social media platform. The investigation was launched in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Ime Archibong of Facebook stressed that the suspended apps from around 400

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12 Sep 2019

Instagram Confirms Security Issue Exposed User Accounts And Phone Numbers

A recently uncovered vulnerability in Instagram’s contact importer could have allowed threat actors to access private user data including full names, phone numbers and Instagram account numbers and handles. Facebook, which owns Instagram, has confirmed the flaw and resolved the issue. Exploitation of the vulnerability involved brute-forcing Instagram’s login form.

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09 Sep 2019

Facebook, Microsoft Challenge Industry to Detect, Prevent ‘Deepfakes’

Facebook, Microsoft and various universities have launched a joint contest to boost efforts to fight the spread of deepfakes, which are audio or visual content doctored by artificial intelligence (AI). Deepfakes allow threat actors to spread disinformation and influence public opinion by making it seem like influential individuals including government,

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05 Sep 2019

Unsecured Facebook Server Leaks Data Of 419 Million Users

Facebook has exposed the phone numbers of 419 million users via an unsecured server, a security researcher has discovered. The massive leak affects 133 million users from the US, 50 million from Vietnam and 18 million from the UK. The leaked data also includes the unique Facebook account ID that the

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23 Aug 2019

Microsoft Tops Phishers’ Favorite Brands as Facebook Spikes

Microsoft remains the most impersonated brand in phishing attacks despite a 6.8% decline in unique Microsoft phishing URLs in the second quarter of this year, a new report by Vade Secure shows. PayPal clinched second place and Facebook completed the top three thanks to a 155% surge in campaigns spoofing

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14 Aug 2019

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats

Facebook let hundreds of third-party contractors listen to snippets of user recordings, various insiders have said. The contractors were told to transcribe users’ conversations, but did not learn the purpose of their work nor how Facebook obtained the audio recordings. Last month, whistleblowers revealed similar practices at Apple and Google.

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13 Aug 2019

FBI proposal outlines plans for large scale collection of social media data

A new report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that plans by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to increase its monitoring of social media platforms in order to better anticipate and detect threats, may conflict with the privacy policies of Facebook and “possibly its attempts to comply with

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09 Aug 2019

WhatsApp Messages Can Be Intercepted, Manipulated

Threat actors could take advantage of severe vulnerabilities in the immensely popular WhatsApp messaging application in order to tamper with message replies and sender identities, or to get victims to share information meant for a private chat in a group conversation, Check Point researchers warn. The issues were first reported

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29 Jul 2019

Facebook removes fake accounts from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Honduras

Facebook has purged 294 accounts, 1,509 pages and 32 groups from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Honduras from its platform, the social media giant announced last week. The deleted resources, which had over 274,000 total followers, had been engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” such as misinformation campaigns and cyber scams. The deleted

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