Hackers Are Breaking Into Facebook Accounts Through A New Phishing Scam That Bypasses Security

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There are plenty of ways to get into your Facebook account when you’ve locked yourself out, but only one lets you do so when you’ve forgotten both your password and security question and don’t have access to your registered email. That’s Facebook’s ‘Trusted Contacts’ feature. Which lets you designate a…


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Social Media: Big Brother, and his brother, are watching you via data mining

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The information you make public is the key to your private data. This is true now more than ever, for two reasons. First, South Africa’s intelligence community outsources the analysis of social media platforms to the private security sector. The social media posts that people choose to make public, can…


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Russia targeted US troops, vets on social media, study finds

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Russia targeted U.S. military personnel and veterans in a cyber campaign last spring by spreading messages on social media networks that promoted Kremlin propaganda as well as conspiracy theories, according to a new study. The Oxford University study found that three websites with Kremlin ties — Veteranstoday.com, Veteransnewsnow.com and Southfront.org…


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Homeland Security will soon start tracking social media of immigrant applicants

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some immigration attorneys are worried a small change in how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) monitors social media for immigrants could soon have a big impact. “We’re not sure what it’s going to mean,” Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, an immigration attorney based in Austin, said. In September, DHS…


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Social Media Security: Scammers Target Oversharing

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  An infamous former scam artist is issuing a stern warning about the dangers of social media. Con artist turned security expert Frank Abagnale, Jr., the inspiration of the hit movie “Catch Me If You Can,” says social media sites are fertile ground for identity thieves because too many people are…


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TMI? Hackers may take advantage of your social media posts

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An infamous former scam artist is issuing a stern warning about the dangers of social media. Con artist turned security expert Frank Abagnale, Jr., the inspiration of the hit movie “Catch Me If You Can,” says social media sites are fertile ground for identity thieves because too many people are…


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Facebook security chief warns of dangers to fake-news solutions

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Facebook’s chief security officer warned that the fake-news problem is more complicated and dangerous to solve than the public thinks. Alex Stamos, who is handling the company’s investigation into Russia’s use of the social media platform during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, cautioned about hoping for technical solutions that he…


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Americans are horrified by DHS plan to track immigrants on social media

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Starting October 18th, the Department of Homeland Security will collect and store “social-media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results” in the permanent files of all immigrants. This will include new immigrants, in addition to permanent residents and naturalized citizens. There are around 43 million foreign-born people living in…


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17-year-old charged with voyeurism as police investigate social media hacking case

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Vancouver police arrested a 17-year-old boy on voyeurism charges while investigating a case where someone hacked into a girl’s social media account and shared nude photos of her. The Vancouver Police School Resource Officer assigned to Union High School first began investigating the incident on Monday, September 18. A girl…


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Facebook and Twitter play bigger role in Congressional election-hacking probe

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As Congressional investigations into Russia’s role in manipulating the election for U.S. president deepens, tech companies are assuming a more central role in the inquiries. Both Twitter and Facebook are stepping up their efforts to cooperate with Congressional investigations into Russian interference with last year’s presidential election. For Twitter, that…


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Are Your Facebook Messages Really Private? Here’s the Truth

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Over a billion people communicate through Facebook Messenger every day. While Facebook says it takes measures to keep users’ information private, how secure are those billions of messages really? Here, Facebook shares information on how some of its security works, while Vyas Sekar, a faculty member of CyLab at Carnegie Melon University and a…


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Vetting of social media, phones possible as part of travel ban review

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The Trump administration is developing new ways to vet people coming into the United States as a deadline in the President’s controversial travel ban nears, officials said Tuesday. “Each of the opportunities that the US government has to interview and/or vet potential inbound travelers is being reviewed,” acting Customs and…


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Social Media’s Contribution To Virtual Terrorism

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In the United States social networks are considered to be public spaces and any information shared there is covered under the so-called ‘third-party doctrine’, which means that users have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding the data their service providers collect about them. Any data you post online in any…


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Instagram investigating larger breach; hacker claims 6 million accounts for sale

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Instagram said Friday it is continuing to investigate a data breach linked to a flaw in its application programing interface that exposed user names, phone numbers and email addresses — but not passwords. A hacker claims to have stolen data from 6 million accounts, and is offering them for sale…


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With Hurricane Harvey Comes Money- and Data-Gathering Scams via Social Media, Email, Phone

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued warnings for people to avoid two new scams. One scheme uses impersonators of the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage. The IRS also issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging…


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Social media app blames bug in its system for hacking breach

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Social media app Instagram says at least one hacker was able to steal personal information from high-profile user accounts, blaming the breach on a bug in its system that has now been fixed. “We recently discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram…


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The fake hacking tool that turns the table on snoopers: ‘Facebook Unlocker’ app that claims to give you access to anyone’s account will steal your details instead

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Wannabe hackers who try to break into Facebook accounts using a ready-made tool are in for a nasty surprise. Facebook Unlocker promises to provide access to a target’s profile on the social network, but instead steals information that could be sold to criminals. Although the app’s low budget appearance should…


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Hackers spreading multi-platform virus via Facebook Messenger

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There was a time when Linux and macOS users could feel relatively safe when it came to viruses, malware, and adware. But the times are changing. Hackers are getting wise and they know the world is becoming increasingly multi-platform. This is why they are now creating multi-platform viruses and malware….


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Social media users warned against anti-UAE campaigns

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Many Twitterati and social media users believed that Qatar is behind these propaganda Emirates News Agency (Wam) has warned against anti-UAE campaigns being spread on the social media. Fabricated news and photoshopped images are being spread on various social media platforms to defame the UAE and destabilise its security, Mohammed…


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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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