13 Nov 2020

Amazon files lawsuit against Instagram, TikTok influencers over ‘dupe’ sales scam

On Thursday, a lawsuit filed by Amazon against Instagram and TikTok users was made public. The lawsuit alleges that 13 individuals on the platforms were using their power to sell counterfeit luxury goods and lure followers into buying fake products, deceiving Amazon in the process. The influencers would post content

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18 Aug 2020

Instagram Retained Deleted User Data Despite GDPR Rules

Instagram has reportedly been storing copies of deleted private messages and photos on its servers even when the users deleted the information from their accounts. The platform acknowledged the security mistake and awarded the researcher who discovered the flaw $6,000 for finding the bug. The researcher, Saugat Pokharel, found the

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13 Jul 2020

Facebook and Instagram ban all posts promoting conversion therapy

On Thursday, Instagram announced that it planned to ban all forms of content promoting conversion therapy, which is a highly controversial practice consisting of forcefully changing an individual’s sexual orientation. A spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, stated that the recent change in policy expands on an earlier rule that

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06 Dec 2019

YouTube Is Easiest Platform To Manipulate, NATO Advisers Find

The NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence bought social media engagement for 105 posts across various platforms for a three month period, which costed a total of $333 for 3,500 comments, 25,000 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,000 followers. The companies they bought from was composed of 11 Russian and 5

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13 Sep 2019

New fake-news worry for Instagram

Experts are concerned that Instagram could become a leading platform for disinformation leading up to the 2020 election. “Disinformation is increasingly based on images as opposed to text,” said Paul Barrett, the author of an NYU report that’s prompted a renewed look at the problem. Barrett’s report also notes that

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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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26 Aug 2019

Instagram Phishing Emails Use Fake Login Warning Baits

Threat actors are targeting Instagram users with a relatively believable phishing scam that warns people about login attempts for their account and urges them to confirm their identity by entering what looks like a two-factor authentication (2FA) code on a sign-in page for which the URL has been provided. If

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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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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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21 May 2019

Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed

A security researcher recently found an unsecured Amazon Web Services server exposing the personal information of over 49 million prominent  Instagram users including so-called “influencers,” celebrities and brands accounts. The leaky database consisted of scraped data. In addition to account information available to all followers, such as the account name,

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