13 Jan 2021

Uganda orders all social media to be blocked – letter

Internet service providers were ordered to block all social media platforms and messaging apps on Tuesday in Uganda. This order was issued through the country’s communications regulator in a letter and is in effect until further notice. Facebook and WhatsApp are among the social media platforms that are unable to

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14 Dec 2020

Facebook Shutters Accounts Used in APT32 Cyberattacks

Facebook has now shut down accounts and pages operated by two threat actor groups utilizing the platform to spread malware and carry out phishing attacks. The two groups are known to be APT32 in Vietnam, and an unidentified malicious group based in Bangladesh. The social media giant stated that it

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04 Dec 2020

Facebook to Remove Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation From Platforms

Facebook has recently updated its misinformation policy regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including vaccine-related content. Following its election cycle failure, the company is seeking to fight against claims that it isn’t implementing enough measures to protect its massive user base. Facebook stated yesterday that it plans to remove false claims and

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04 Dec 2020

Facebook failed to put fact-check labels on 60% of the most viral posts containing Georgia election misinformation

According to non-profit research group Avaaz, Facebook failed to add fact check labels to the majority of virtual posts containing misinformation about elections, particularly in Georgia, despite a multitude of promises that the company would focus on combatting fake news this election cycle. This could have swayed Georgia voters and

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20 Nov 2020

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

Facebook has been hosting a bug bounty program for roughly 10 years, which has provided the company with hundreds of bug reports before Facebook employees noticed any vulnerabilities. Recently, Facebook paid out $60,000 to an ethical hacker for reported a bug in Facebook Messenger that could have allowed an attacker

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12 Nov 2020

Ragnar Locker Ransomware Gang Takes Out Facebook Ads in Key New Tactic

Ragnar Locker group has taken out public Facebook ads, threatening to release stolen data obtained from a ransomware attack against Italian liquor seller Campari. The attack occurred on November 3 and resulted in the theft of 2TB of sensitive data. Ragnar operators are demanding a $15 million ransom be paid

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28 Oct 2020

Facebook warns of “perception hacks” undermining trust in democracy

On Tuesday, Facebook released a warning stating that threat actors are utilizing social media to claim responsibility for illegitimate “major electoral systems hacks” or are pretending to have otherwise disrupted the 2020 Presidential election process. This is referred to in the advisory as perception hacking, and Facebook states that it

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07 Oct 2020

Facebook bans QAnon conspiracy theory accounts across all platforms

Facebook has effectively banned all accounts linked to the harmful QAnon conspiracy theory group from all of its platforms, quoting violations of company policies and spreading disinformation. The conspiracy group will be removed from all Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts. The massive crackdown began yesterday and is a significant

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05 Oct 2020

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube race to contain disinformation about president’s diagnosis

Just minutes after President Trump announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, misinformation began to spread across social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been actively combatting disinformation campaigns related to the President’s diagnosis, including marking posts with warnings about fraudulent information. With Election Day just weeks away,

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05 Oct 2020

Years-Long ‘SilentFade’ Attack Drained Facebook Victims of $4M

Facebook has released information on an ad-fraud cyberattack that has been occurring since 2016. Facebook claims that the cyber attackers stole credentials and browser cookies as part of the attack, which was conducted using Chinese malware. According to the social media platform, the threat actors siphoned a total of $4

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