Facebook To Educate UK NGOs On Combating Online Extremism

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Facebook‘s British division on Friday announced a new initiative aimed at educating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on fighting extremist content posted online. In addition to training people for countering Internet activities of extremists, the Menlo Park, California-based social media giant is also looking to directly finance their efforts of doing so….


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Snapchat’s latest update is causing security concerns

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Snap Map is the latest update that Snapchat have rolled out and it has already raised security concerns. By using the function, publicly posted images are then searchable via the interactive map. For example, people could search for places such as schools and see any videos and pictures that have…


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Social media ‘bots’ distorting global politics

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Washington – A wave of “computational propaganda”, largely driven by Russia, is impacting politics around the world by spreading misinformation designed to manipulate public opinion, researchers said on Tuesday. The Oxford University team presented research in Washington on the use of automated programs or “bots” on social media aimed at…


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Cyber Security for Social Media: What Information Is at Stake?

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Social media connects you with friends, family, business associates, and even total strangers. What you put out on social media may end up being circulated around the World Wide Web before you know it. While there are security settings for some social media accounts such as Facebook and the ability…


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Mpls. woman warns about Facebook ‘hacker’ group

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A Minneapolis woman is warning others about an alarming discovery she made after her Facebook account was hacked. “I first noticed that my account was hacked about a month ago,” said Jessica Jacobsen, recalling the day she went on Facebook to find she’d been locked out of her account. “They…


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3 ways hackers hide malware on Facebook

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Hackers are smart and clever. They’re always one step ahead of their victims, like you. Just when it’s becoming second nature for you to think twice about opening a link in an email, hackers have a new way to trick you. The problem is, it’s so easy to get fooled….


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‘DoubleSwitch’ is a new hacking tactic for Twitter accounts

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Hackers are taking over Twitter accounts and spreading misinformation in a new kind of attack, The Verge reported, citing digital rights group Access Now. The accounts of human rights activists and journalists in Venezuela and Bahrain have been the targets. The hack, called “DoubleSwitch” involves taking over the account and…


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Britney Spears’ Instagram is toxic: Hackers use celeb’s account to hide malware code

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A Russian cyber espionage group has found a new way to hide its nefarious activities on the internet by posting links in code as comments on celebrity Instagram accounts. Cybersecurity firm ESET detected that the Russian hacking group Turla has been hiding links for its malware to pick up in…


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Is Your Social Media Profile Putting You at Risk For Identity Theft?

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Social media provides identity thieves with many opportunities to steal your identity, but most people are unaware they’re even at risk. In fact, 70 percent of people have been asked to visit a scam website via private message, 54 percent of social media profiles have been targeted for identity theft,…


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US asks visa applicants for social media handles

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The United States has begun asking some would-be visitors applying for visas to provide their identities on social media, among other more vigorous screening methods. A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP new security procedures had gone into effect on May 25 for travelers deemed to…


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Social media urged to do more to combat terrorism

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Malcolm Turnbull has joined with British Prime Minister Theresa May in accusing Facebook and Twitter of shirking their responsibility in cracking down on online extremists. Mr Turnbull said he agreed with Ms May’s comments after the London terror attacks that “we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs…


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New Social Media Screening for U.S. Visitors Goes Into Effect

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The Trump Administration, which vowed to implement “extreme vetting” at the borders, has implemented part of a controversial plan requiring some U.S. visa applicants to disclose their social media history before entering the country. The plan, which requires applicants to disclose user names for social media platforms they’ve used in…


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Social media hands over personal data to fraudsters, Pindrop

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A new study by Pindrop has found that criminals are leveraging information found on social media to gain access to accounts. This points to a security flaw in procedure running in contact centres, where security questions are used for authentication methods on phone calls. Nearly two thirds (61%) of the…


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Consumers exposing themselves to phone fraud through social media profiles

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Consumers are falling prey to the growing risk of phone fraud. A new study warns that criminals can use information found on social media profiles to answer weak security questions, posed by banks, to gain access to accounts. This highlights the security flaws that exist within contact centres, and the…


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Hackers hide cyberattacks in social media posts

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It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document. A link, attached to a Twitter post put out by a robot account, promised…


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The need for internet security on your mobile

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Cybercriminals are constantly making advancements and finding new ways to compromise us. While they still target computers, hackers are also beginning to attack mobile devices. We are starting to see more threats such as ransomware attacks on smartphones. As hackers target mobile devices, it’s imperative to ensure that you are…


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Harry Styles’ family targeted by hackers

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Harry Styles’ family have been the victim of hackers again. Just over one year after Harry’s mother Anne Twist had her phone hacked and private photographs stolen, she has revealed that her family have been targeted once more. A fake Instagram account was set up in the name of Harry’s…


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High Risk Oversharing: How hackers are using social media posts to cause chaos

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The moment and stories we like to “share” and love to “like” could be putting us at risk for hackers. It’s called social engineering – hackers pull information from your social media post and using it against you, your family or even the company you work for. Boston 25 News…


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The Key to your Social Media Cyber Security: Keep the Bad Guys Guessing

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From teens to retirees, those with wealth to those barely scraping by, no one is immune from cyber criminals. Protect your personal information and be more aware of your social media activity with these six tips If you’ve never taken the time to do an internet search on yourself, you…


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Brits Want More Visible Multi-Factor Authentication

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One in five British adults have had their email or social media account hacked, but it is bank details that most fear losing and the vast majority want at least three security steps to protect their accounts, according to Equifax. The credit reporting company polled over 2000 British adults in…


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