25 Jul 2019

Facebook Set For Major Privacy Overhaul Following Fine

Facebook has pledged to take a wholly different approach to security and privacy following the record $5 billion fine the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently imposed on the tech giant for violating the privacy of users in the context of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While privacy advocates have expressed doubt

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24 Jul 2019

US attorney general says encryption creates security risk

It is no secret that the United States Justice Department wants tech firms to make it possible for officers to bypass encryption mechanisms on devices and applications in the context of law enforcement investigations. In line with this effort, Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday argued that increased encryption of

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16 Jul 2019

Privacy Experts: Facebook’s $5B Fine Unlikely to Do Much

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Facebook a record $5 billion for violating the privacy of users in the context of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw Cambridge Analytica harvest the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent. But even though the fine is

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16 Jul 2019

Instagram Account Takeover Vulnerability Earns Hacker $30,000

Facebook recently paid $30,000 to a security researcher who found a critical flaw that could have enabled threat actors to hack Instagram accounts by taking advantage of the app’s password recovery mechanism for mobile devices. Instagram forces users requesting a password change to enter a six-digit code within 10 minutes

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02 Jul 2019

Facebook abused to spread Remote Access Trojans since 2014

Check Point researchers have uncovered a years-long, “large-scale” cyber campaign in which threat actors used Facebook in order to distribute Remote Access Trojans (RATs). The campaign was active since at least 2014 and targeted tens of thousands of users from Libya, Europe, the United States and China. The latest incarnation

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07 Jun 2019

Blacklisted Huawei Loses Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp Preinstalled Apps

As a result of the recent US ban on Huawei telecommunications products, Facebook has decided that the company “is no longer allowing preinstallation of its apps on Huawei phones.” The measure does not impact people who already own a Huawei smartphone, but is nevertheless a significant setback for the Chinese tech

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29 May 2019

Facebook Removes a Fresh Batch of Innovative, Iran-Linked Fake Accounts

Once again, Facebook took down an Iranian disinformation network of fake accounts engaging in “inauthentic behavior. In other words, they spread Iranian propaganda. The network consisted of 51 Facebook accounts, 36 Facebook pages, 7 Facebook groups and 3 Instagram accounts. The news comes just as FireEye published a new report

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22 May 2019

Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks

Campaign group Avaaz has uncovered a vast far disinformation campaign spreading fake news stories on Facebook in order to promote far right political positions to European voters ahead of the European Parliament election that will be held between 23 and 26 May. After being notified of the results of the

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17 May 2019

Facebook Bans Israeli Firm For Election Meddling

Facebook says it has taken down a massive Israeli influence operation targeting voters in Africa. The campaign comprised 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” orchestrated by Israeli lobbying firm Archimedes Group. The campaign had accumulated around 2.8 million followers on the

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26 Apr 2019

Most SMBs would pay a hacker a ransom to get their stolen data back

A new AppRiver report shows that a majority (55%) of small-to-medium-sized companies (SMBs) are willing to meet the demands of threat actors in case of a ransomware attack if this means that they regain access to their data. Larger SMBs are most likely to pay up, with about three in

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