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It's a trap! WhatsApp Gold 'premium' version lures users to malware

It's a trap! WhatsApp Gold 'premium' version lures users to malware

A new scam is tricking users of WhatsApp into downloading a so-called exclusive version of the app called 'WhatsApp Gold', which infects mobile devices with malware.

2.5K Twitter accounts hacked to spread links to adult content

2.5K Twitter accounts hacked to spread links to adult content

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Hackers hijacked 2,500 Twitter accounts and used them to spread links for adult content.

Researcher brute forces Instagram, cites multiple internal flaws

Researcher brute forces Instagram, cites multiple internal flaws

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Information security bug-bounty hunter Arne Swinnen used several flaws with Instagram's login system to brute force his way into the social media giant and gain access to member accounts.

Hacking Team hacker donates €10K in stolen Bitcoin to anti-ISIS group

Hacking Team hacker donates €10K in stolen Bitcoin to anti-ISIS group

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The hacker behind the notorious breaches of Hacking Team embarked on a humanitarian project to assist a crowdfunding campaign supporting the Rojava region in northern Syria.

NTIA study: Security threats deter online activities like making purchases and banking

NTIA study: Security threats deter online activities like making purchases and banking

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A new government survey shows that U.S. households are growing averse to even the most routine online transactions, due to cyberattacks imperiling users' finances, identities and privacy.

Facebook making its CTF platform available

Facebook making its CTF platform available

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Facebook is making its Capture the Flag, or CTF, gaming platform available to teach cyber skills.

Twitter blocks intel agencies from data analytics service

Twitter blocks intel agencies from data analytics service

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Twitter blocked U.S. intelligence agencies' access to data provided by a private company that scans Twitter feeds.

Google moves Blogger pages to HTTPS versions

Google moves Blogger pages to HTTPS versions

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In a move to strengthen the security of its Blogger platform, Google launched HTTPS versions of all blogs hosted on the company's blogspot.com domain.

10-year-old Finn nabs $10K Facebook bug bounty for Instagram flaw

10-year-old Finn nabs $10K Facebook bug bounty for Instagram flaw

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A 10-year-old Finn was awarded $10,000 by Facebook's bug bounty program after discovering a vulnerability in the Instagram app.

Top NFL prospect Tunsil free falls in draft after apparent hacker posts damaging video, texts

Top NFL prospect Tunsil free falls in draft after apparent hacker posts damaging video, texts

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Minutes before the NFL Draft commenced on Thursday night, an apparent hacker accessed the Twitter account of top prospect Laremy Tunsil and posted an old video of the Ole Miss player smoking from a bong, damaging his value.

Uniting pro-ISIS hacking groups still unsophisticated, but sharpening skills, report says

Uniting pro-ISIS hacking groups still unsophisticated, but sharpening skills, report says

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Pro-ISIS hacking groups joining forces behind a super-hacker team, the United Cyber Caliphate, are sharpening their skills and showing a willingness to coordinate and amp up cyberattacks, a new report revealed.

Info on 1.2M BeautifulPeople.com users sold on dark web after breach

Info on 1.2M BeautifulPeople.com users sold on dark web after breach

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The personal information of 1.2 million members of the "exclusive" dating site BeautifulPeople.com is being sold on the dark web.

Facebook social login bug, now fixed, exposed account holders to potential ID theft

Facebook social login bug, now fixed, exposed account holders to potential ID theft

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Facebook has updated its social login process after a security firm found a bug that could have enabled adversaries to steal victims' online identities.

Former Reuters editor sentenced to two years for helping Anonymous

Former Reuters editor sentenced to two years for helping Anonymous

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Matthew Keys, a former social media editor at Reuters, received a two-year federal prison sentence for providing his username and login credentials to a hacker associated with the hacking group

Lizard Squad possibly behind Blizzard DDoS attack

Lizard Squad possibly behind Blizzard DDoS attack

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The hacking group Lizard Squad is taking credit for unleashing a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Wednesday against Blizzard that prevented some customers from signing onto Battle.net for several hours.

Facebook will alert users when accounts are impersonated

Facebook will alert users when accounts are impersonated

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Facebook has begun testing a security feature that will alert users when the company suspects their account are being impersonated. The feature intends to cut down on spam and spear-phishing attacks.

Following 'Celebgate' plea, fans leak photos of Adele, Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles

Following 'Celebgate' plea, fans leak photos of Adele, Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles

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Cybercriminals have allegedly stolen intimate photos from Adele, Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles, respectively.

Enigma Software files lawsuit against Bleeping Computer for bad review

Enigma Software files lawsuit against Bleeping Computer for bad review

The makers of SpyHunter - the anti-malware software product, are filing a lawsuit against Bleeping Computer, the tech blog, after one of its moderators posted a bad review of SpyHunter on their forum.

Teens arrested for hacking hundreds of key Instagram users

Teens arrested for hacking hundreds of key Instagram users

Police say two teenagers made tens of thousands of euros by hacking 'big' Instagram users with many thousands of followers.

Are your conversations being recorded to target advertisements at you?

Are your conversations being recorded to target advertisements at you?

BBC viewers have been suggesting that their phones had been listening to them then targeting them with adverts related to the things they'd been talking about - so Pen Test Partners checked if it was possible.

Social media threats

Social media threats

With the use of social media, HR and IT must work together to ensure that both employees and company data stay secure.

ESET surveys reveal ages of unsupervised children surfing the web

ESET surveys reveal ages of unsupervised children surfing the web

British parents allow their children to surf the web unsupervised years prior to the children gaining their trust to be given their own set of house keys. Meanwhile in Russia, almost none of the children have their own mobile gadgets or are allowed to do anything in cyber-space without supervision until they are five years old.

Rip-off artists use Southwest Airlines in Facebook scam

Rip-off artists use Southwest Airlines in Facebook scam

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Facebook users' news feeds are lighting up with a new scam, this one centered on Southwest Airlines supposedly giving away hundreds of free tickets and $5,000 in cash.

Lucrative pay offered India hackers to work for ISIS

Lucrative pay offered India hackers to work for ISIS

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Hackers in India are being handsomely rewarded for taking on work for ISIS.

RSA event asking security execs for Twitter passwords

RSA event asking security execs for Twitter passwords

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File it under "irony" or "misguided," but executives at some of the world's largest IT security companies willingly gave up Twitter passwords while registering for a security event.

Man pleads guilty in Mass. college student sextortion case

Man pleads guilty in Mass. college student sextortion case

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In a joint statement, the U.S. Attorney Office and FBI's Boston Division announced a guilty plea in a cyberstalking and "sextortion" case in which a Pennsylvania man repeatedly harassed a Boston-area college student online.

Jeremy Corbyn's Twitter account hacked for a few minutes

Jeremy Corbyn's Twitter account hacked for a few minutes

In what is being hailed a model of fast response, the Labour Party moved swiftly last night to regain control of the Twitter account of its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, following a hack.

Researchers find two flaws in OAuth 2.0

Researchers find two flaws in OAuth 2.0

Security protocol OAuth 2.0 used by many social networks could allow hackers to stage man-in-the-middle attacks, say researchers who have identified two vulnerabilities.

Tech execs, U.S. officials to meet about terror groups' social media use

Tech execs, U.S. officials to meet about terror groups' social media use

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A meeting between tech executives with White House officials and heads of U.S. intelligence agencies Friday was to be aimed at addressing concerns about terror groups' activities on social media.

Cyberscammers cashout on fake Instagram profiles, porn

Cyberscammers cashout on fake Instagram profiles, porn

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Researchers at Symantec spotted cyberscammers making money using fake Instagram profiles to lure users to adult sites.

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