Social Media

Hacktivist claims Facebook is vulnerable to DNS attacks, Facebook says it's not

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Facebook debunked a reported claim by Mauritania Attacker, the alleged leader of hacktivist collective AnonGhost, that the social media website is vulnerable to DNS attacks.

WhatsApp bug allows for interception of shared locations

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Researchers identified a vulnerability in WhatsApp that could enable an attacker to intercept shared locations using a man-in-the-middle attack, or a rogue access point.

Facebook ups privacy measures, tests new user settings

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On Tuesday, the company unveiled the coming changes.

Phishers use fake voting campaign to steal Facebook credentials

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Experts have uncovered a phishing ruse that leverages a fake voting campaign to trick users into giving up their Facebook login credentials.

Facebook doled out $1.5 million to researchers in 2013 for bug bounties

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The social media giant received close to 15,000 submissions, 687 of which were valid.

Pinterest accounts hacked, display weight loss spam and butt pictures

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Hacked Pinterest accounts began posting weight loss spam, and pictures of butts too.

French consumer watchdog sues tech giants over data privacy

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One of the top consumer watchdogs in France has sued social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Google over their data-collection policies.

Turkish court rules to end ban on Twitter

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On Wednesday, a court in Ankara, Turkey overturned the government's ban on Twitter, according to a report by The New York Times.

FTC and Calif. AG dispute Facebook's stance on teen privacy

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and California Attorney General Kamala Harris have each filed amicus briefs with a court of appeals disputing the interpretation of child privacy law in a federal case involving Facebook.

Twitter banned in Turkey

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According to reports, the Turkish Prime Minister vowed in a speech to "eradicate Twitter."

DoS attack takes down Hootsuite

DoS attack takes down Hootsuite

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An email sent out to the social media management platform's users states that the assault began Thursday at 6:45 a.m. PST, making the service temporarily unavailable.

Twitter drops project to encrypt direct messages

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Twitter has scrapped its plans to encrypt its users' direct messages in light of heavy government surveillance, a project previously reported on by the New York Times.

Mark Zuckerberg calls President Obama over gov't snooping concerns

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In addition to phoning President Obama, Facebook's CEO published his thoughts on the social networking site.

Trojan makes rounds on Facebook via IMs

Trojan makes rounds on Facebook via IMs

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Security site Malwarebytes.org first warned users about the threat targeting Windows users.

Justin Bieber's Twitter account hacked

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An unknown attacker accessed the pop singer's account for about 15 minutes mid-afternoon on Saturday and tweeted multiple times before Bieber's team regained control.

Twitter system error accidentally resets users' passwords

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Twitter accidentally sent out password reset emails to thousands of users due to a system error.

Twitter contacts extorted user, restores coveted '@N' handle

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Twitter returned a coveted username - @N - to Naoki Hiroshima on Tuesday, roughly one month after an attacker stole it through extortion.

LinkedIn boosts privacy with "Member Blocking" feature

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In a move to bolster privacy, LinkedIn has added a feature that allows users to block other users on the networking platform.

Twitter asks for additional transparency on gov't data requests

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Following the new rules regarding transparency reports by Department of Justice, the social media giant believes further information should be shared, and may seek legal options to protect its First Amendment rights.

Foursquare partners with Microsoft, enhances tracking system

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Foursquare - a social networking company that relies on users checking in on mobile devices from locations around the world - announced a partnership with Microsoft on Tuesday.

GoDaddy admits giving up info that led to Twitter username extortion

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GoDaddy admitted that an employee was social engineered into giving up information that resulted in Naoki Hiroshima being extorted for his rare Twitter username.

Attacker extorts coveted Twitter username in elaborate social engineering scheme

Attacker extorts coveted Twitter username in elaborate social engineering scheme

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Naoki Hiroshima recently relinquished to an attacker a prized possession that he owned since 2007: a very rare Twitter username so coveted that not only have people tried to steal it, but one person offered $50,000 for it.

CNN's social media accounts compromised by Syrian Electronic Army

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The Syrian Electronic Army has taken claim on Twitter for compromising a variety of social media websites belonging to CNN and using the accounts to post messages blasting the popular news network's reporting.

Facebook gives bug bounty of $33.5K for Remote Code Execution flaw

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A Brazilian computer engineer was recently awarded a reported $33,500 for discovering a Remote Code Execution vulnerability in Facebook.

Snapchat claims growing service caused spam increase, not 4.6M breach

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Snapchat said Monday that increasing spam is the result of a growing service, and not the recent data breach that affected 4.6 million users.

Snapchat updates app following data theft of 4.6M users

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Snapchat has updated its app for Android and iOS devices to include some new security features.

LinkedIn files complaint to reveal who is creating sham accounts

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LinkedIn filed a complaint on Monday to discover who is responsible for scraping data from real accounts to create thousands of phony accounts.

Scammers looking to capitalize on massive Target breach

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Having denied that customer PINs were impacted in the breach, officials with Target have now confirmed that phishing communications have begun making the rounds.

Snapchat API has several vulnerabilities, researchers report

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Researchers with Australian-based Gibson Security released a study that includes their documentation of Snapchat's API and its several vulnerabilities.

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Time over Person of the Year poll

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The Syrian Electronic Army stamped its avian emblem on the Twitter account belonging to the publication on Friday and also claimed to have tampered with the Person of the Year poll.

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