09 Sep 2019

Should social media organizations be subject to strict privacy regulation?

Four out of five (80%) IT security professionals believe that governments should introduce new security and privacy legislation, and they feel this is particularly true for legislation dealing with the data collection and storage practices of social media companies. However, the vast majority (82%) of respondents said that lawmakers have

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27 Aug 2019

Over Half of Social Media Logins Are Fraudulent

A new study by Arkose Labs indicates that more than half (53%) of all logins on social media sites are fraudulent, while 11% of all online transactions, which in addition to account logins also include account registrations, payments and other activity, constitute criminal activity. The findings are based on more

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02 Jul 2019

Consumer Data, Upcoming Elections Are at Risk, Black Hat Survey Says

9 out of 10 security professionals believe that regardless of people’s cybersecurity hygiene, criminals likely have access to their private data, a new Black Hat survey found. Furthermore, just 3 in 10 infosec pros think that consumers will be able to protect their privacy and identity in the future. According

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19 Jun 2019

FBI warning: Foreign spies using social media to target government contractors

In April of this year, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warned government contractors that their employees are being targeted on social media by foreign intelligence services, with the aim of recruiting individuals with US government security clearances. The alert outlined four recent, real world examples of campaigns that

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04 Jun 2019

US Now Requiring Visa Applicants to Provide Social Media Details

People applying for US visas, even tourist visas, will now have to provide their current and pas email addresses and phone numbers. In addition, they will have to submit five years’ worth of information about their activities on social media platforms like Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. The

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01 May 2019

Most adults are concerned about malware and phishing on social media

A new study by ID Experts shows that most Americans have privacy and security concerns about social media platforms. When it comes to privacy, over two out of three (68%) respondents are worried about Facebook, while just two out five people are concerned about Instagram (40%) and YouTube (39%). Interestingly,

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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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11 Mar 2019

Russian Trolls Shift Strategy to Disrupt U.S. Election in 2020

Cybersecurity experts believe that Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 US elections are taking on a slightly different form than in the past, with Internet trolls using fake social made accounts to “amplify” politically divisive content, rather than creating new content as they did in 2016. The shift in

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26 Feb 2019

Social Media Drives $3.2bn+ in Black Hat Profits

According to a new report by Bromium, cybercriminals heavily rely on social media platforms to spread malware and to exchange illegal resources. Consequently, yearly profits of social media-enabled cybercrime total at least $3.25bn. The researchers found that instances of social media-enabled cybercrime have soared over the last few years, as

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21 Feb 2019

NATO troops got catfished & honeypotted on social media, revealing serious vulnerabilities

NATO has carried out an internal cyber security experiment to test the extent to which its troops could be identified and influenced during an exercise by means of social media data. A report on the experiment mentioned that the researchers “identified a significant amount of people taking part in the exercise and

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