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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11 Oct 2018

WhatsApp, used by 1.2 billion worldwide, fixes severe call security bug

“Facebook WhatsApp messenger service said on Wednesday it has fixed the latest bug on its platform that allowed hackers to take over users’ applications when they answered an incoming video call. ‘We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable. We promptly

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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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02 Oct 2018

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media – An OODA Loop interview with P.W. Singer

An OODA Loop interview with author P.W. Singer on his new book about information operations on social networks.

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07 Sep 2018

Don’t @ me, bro: the need for social media on the battlefield

U.S. Army engineers are arguing that Facebook and Twitter could be leveraged for use on the front lines of battle, providing valuable information on the “pulse of the population.” “You want to understand the people that are being affected, the mood of the civilian population and the impact our operations

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28 Aug 2018

Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

“The real difference between the old and the new ages of data-intelligence-driven consumer marketing, and the invasion of privacy they entail, is that lots of people are finally aware that it is taking place. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, the recent reports about Google, and related events have contributed to that

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22 Aug 2018

Facebook, Twitter Remove Political Misinformation Accounts Linked to Iran, Russia

Facebook and Twitter announced the removal of hundreds of accounts and pages linked to disinformation campaigns originating in Iran and Russia. Facebook stated that they removed “652 pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East,

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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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01 Aug 2018

Facebook finds new ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

Facebook announced the discovery of “sophisticated” efforts to influence U.S. politics and elections on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The company deleted 32 of the connected accounts, which boasted around 300,000 followers. While Facebook did not specify whether or not Russia was behind the efforts, one top Democrat on

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10 Jul 2018

Vietnam activists switching from Facebook to “Minds” after government crackdown on free speech

A new law in Vietnam would, starting January 1st, require internet companies to remove content critical of the government and provide data to the government upon request. In response to the legislation and ongoing complaints of content removal on Facebook, over 100,000 activists and social media users in the country

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