18 Dec 2020

3M Users Targeted by Malicious Facebook, Insta Browser Add-Ons

Avast Threat Intelligence has identified malware hidden in twenty-eight popular Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions. The extensions are all used for social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo. Security researchers advise users to uninstall the extensions, which boast 3 million downloads in total. The most popular extensions

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24 Nov 2020

TikTok Awards Nearly $4,000 for Account Takeover Vulnerabilities

TikTok has awarded a researcher $4,000 for uncovering and reporting vulnerabilities that could have been exploited to perform account takeover. The bugs were found by Muhammed Taskiran, a German cybersecurity researcher. Taskiran reported the flaws in August, and they have since been patched by the social media platform. Taskiran states

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20 Jul 2020

Twitter Confirms 130 Accounts Hacked

A recent cyberattack that targeted verified users on Twitter is still being investigated by the platform. However, the social media giant has confirmed that a total of 130 accounts were compromised as part of a cryptocurrency campaign attempting to scam victims out of bitcoin. The major cybersecurity incident occurred two

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27 Jan 2020

The Army’s Investigative Unit Wants Social Media Exploitation Services

Earlier this week, insiders unveiled the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command’s intent to glean new mission-relevant evidence through the forensic analysis of social media posts. A solicitation published on Thursday claims that CID aims to acquire access to social media exploitation services. The CID is the Army’s primary investigative organization, honing

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03 Jan 2020

TikTok Banned By U.S. Army Over China Security Concerns

Amid worries over the security threat, the popular app TikTok poses to the United States, the US has banned US Army officials from using the app. TikTok is currently under scrutiny for its close relationship with the Chinese government, and backlash has caused the US government to reconsider its employees’

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17 Dec 2019

In Indonesia, Fake News is Ubiquitous. So He Created A Software To Track Down Their Origins

Fake news has had drastic effects on Indonesian civilians, causing crises and panic over the past decade. Ismail Fahmi, founder of the social media analysis system based on big data, was instrumental in the 2014 crackdown on fake news following the presidential elections. When an issue dominates social media, such

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12 Dec 2019

Twitter is trying to build a new decentralized social media service that could transform its business — or present new kinds of headaches

An ambitious project was announced by the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday. Named “Bluesky,” the initiative aims to transform how Twitter operates and present a new model for social media services, as well as implementing policies around harmful content and moderation. Dorsey stated that Twitter is funding a

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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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07 Nov 2019

Your Social Media Is (Probably) Being Watched Right Now, Says New Surveillance Report

A new report[pdf] by Freedom House indicates that the social media accounts of 89% of all Internet users around the globe are actively being monitored by their country’s government. This comes down to about 3 billion people in China and at least 39 other countries that “have instituted advanced social

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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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