HBO’s cybersecurity woes continue, hackers break into the company’s Twitter and Facebook account

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As HBO struggles to stop Game of Thrones (GoT) leaks and tackle hackers’ ransom threats, another hacker group has broken into the TV company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine.org ->…


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China’s WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation

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China says it is investigating its largest social media platforms – Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba – for alleged violations of cyber security laws. The Cyberspace Administration said people had been using the three platforms to spread terror-related material, rumours and obscenities. The breaches “jeopardised national security,” the administration said….


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What is Facebook cloaking, and why is it so dangerous?

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I’m sure that you’ve been hearing a lot about “fake news” recently. Writers actually get paid to fabricate stories, intended to catch people’s attention and trick them into clicking. It’s big business these days and can generate tons of revenue off clicks. Clicking a link to read a fake story…


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Cybercrime Bill will stop abuse on social media

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Government says the proposed Cybercrime Bill seeks to protect citizens from online abuse and to protect their personal privacy. Minister of Public Administration and Communications, Maxie Cuffie, said the Data Protection Act and Cybercrime Protection Bill will address the “appropriate management and dissemination of content in the era of new…


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Social media trove becomes hunting ground for criminals

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Going by statistics, the phenomenon of crimes related to social media was a mere 152 two years ago. It rose to 554 last year , but has already zoomed to 507 in the first seven months of this year. The cyber crime branch of the Pune police, which deals with…


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Keeping Hackers Out of Your Social Media Accounts

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Hackers rarely invent new tricks. Rather, they just find new ways to use old ones. When Tom Van de Wiele — F-Secure Principal Security Consultant — was growing up, taking over IRC accounts and channels was the thing. “Now people amuse themselves with social media accounts and bribing,” he told…


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Britain asks tech and social media giants to censor militant content

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Britain’s interior minister will use a visit to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to ask Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube to step up efforts to counter or remove content that incites militants. After four militant attacks in Britain that killed 36 people this year, senior ministers have repeatedly demanded that internet…


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Turkey’s Twitter Crackdown Ratchets Up, As State Says, ‘Click Now To Report A User To The Police!’

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On July 4, Eren Aksoyoğlu, a member of the Turkish Joint June Movement opposition bloc, was taken into custody for a tweet criticising the government’s handling of a racially-motivated brawl in Ankara. Less than two weeks later, Turkish police issued a warrant for film director Mustafa Altıoklar for tweeting dismissively…


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Things to consider on social media

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With the growing prevalence of social media, it is important to understand its reach and scope. Posting a photo or video of you, or friends and family can have serious consequences. Below is a discussion of common pitfalls and respective advice that can help, if we keep them in mind….


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Department of Homeland Security Authorization of 2017 needs your support

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For fifteen years, the Department of Homeland Security has been in the business of keeping Americans safe. Since the Homeland Security Act of 2002 first authorized the Department, the men and women of DHS have worked tirelessly to uphold that mission. They have made tremendous progress, and I am very…


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Simple Facebook trick could let anyone crack into your account — and reveal all your secrets

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Facebook’s security system could allow hackers to access victims’ accounts. YOUR Facebook profile is like a diary, photo album and confession booth rolled into one — so you really wouldn’t want anyone to get access to it. Now a cyber security expert has claimed hackers could access victims’ accounts by…


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Customs agents aren’t allowed to check social accounts of U.S. citizens

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United States citizens should know that their social media accounts are off limits to Customs and Border Protection agents The rules surrounding checks of phones and social data has been murky at best, and still would be if it weren’t for a letter authored by CBP acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan…


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The Fake News Network: a look at Facebook’s role in a crisis of trust, democracy and security

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Fake news is not only perceived as a threat to the future of journalism, democracy and freedom of speech, but also wields a security risk given the rise of falsehoods aimed at stoking the fire of extremism. While Facebook’s role in disseminating fake content becomes ever more complex as its…


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Chinese Censors Struggle to Block Social Media Salutes to Nobel Winner Liu Xiaobo

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The Chinese government worked very hard to erase the existence of Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, making it a criminal offense merely to mention his name. Visitors to China have reported this effort was so successful that average citizens responded to mentions of the imprisoned professor with blank stares, and…


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5 Tips to Avoid Cyber Bullying on Social Media

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In the 21st Century, social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and many more have recently emerged as a large role in an individuals social life. Everyday news, the release of new products, photos and even private conversations with friends can instantly be viewed on social media platforms. However,…


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Facebook scams: When your “friends” are actually hackers

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Scams cost Americans roughly $50 billion each year, and according to the Better Business Bureau, they affect one in four homes. The most frequently reported scams are delivered by phone. But more than half of victims say they were contacted online through websites, e-mail, social media and more. Experts say…


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Jayden K Smith is not hacking your Facebook

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Messages have been flying around Facebook warning users about a potential hacker called Jayden K Smith, saying you should not accept his “friend request”. But users have nothing to fear – the message is a hoax and as far as we can tell Jayden K Smith does not exist. The…


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Facebook and WhatsApp HACK risk – Malware steals sensitive info from YOUR favourite apps

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The SpyDealer malware has existed for almost TWO years and is capable of stealing information from 40 apps including Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype. The trojan is capable of grabbing vast amounts of sensitive information from users, such as phone numbers, messages, contacts and call history. It is even capable of…


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Plugins and social media links leave websites more open to compromise

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Adding extra features like plugins and social media links makes websites more likely to be compromised according to a new report. The study by website security company SiteLock finds that sites with between one and five plugins have 1.5 times more chance of being compromised than the average site. More…


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Workplace social media security: 5 questions answered

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Since it’s Social Media Day today, there is likely to be an increased focus on the impact of social media and the way it is used by businesses across the world. Social media use has skyrocketed for businesses all over the world, with many companies using it as a way…


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