Social Networking

Hack of Chipotle's Twitter account faked by company

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Considering a number of high-profile companies have fallen victim to Twitter account hijacks, prompting the service to install additional protections, a bizarre string of tweets sent by Chipotle Mexican Grill's account on Sunday appeared to fit the pattern of a hack.

Researcher finds way to commandeer any Facebook account from his mobile phone

Researcher finds way to commandeer any Facebook account from his mobile phone

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The U.K. researcher "fin1te" discovered that through the "Mobile Texts" set-up process, he is able to become a different user by making a simple source code alteration.

Bug in Facebook DYI tool fixed after data of 6M users exposed

Bug in Facebook DYI tool fixed after data of 6M users exposed

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Facebook was made aware of the glitch through its bug bounty program, where researchers receive monetary rewards for reporting flaws to the company.

Tor to blame for its users being unable to access Facebook

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Malicious activity on the anonymity software's network tripped Facebook's "site integrity systems."

McAfee says it goofed over Koobface infection rates

McAfee says it goofed over Koobface infection rates

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The security company apologized for the mistake and said occurrences of the social networking worm are not rising, and actually continue to diminish.

Twitter begins rollout of two-factor authentication to limit account takeovers

Twitter begins rollout of two-factor authentication to limit account takeovers

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Following a series of high-profile Twitter account hijacks, the microblogging service finally has delivered two-factor authentication.

LinkedIn users being targeted by fake photo email

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Scammers use a click-the-pic ruse to redirect users to the Blackhole exploit kit

Facebook pledges $250K to UAB research team

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Facebook announced this week that it is donating $250,000 to the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Never trust a stranger: Secure social networking

Never trust a stranger: Secure social networking

The personally identifiable information found on social networks are a gateway for hackers to get access to the heart of the information they truly desire.

Mahdi developers pushing updates to the spy trojan

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Discovered earlier this year, Mahdi isn't particularly sophisticated malware, but is effective due to redevelopment efforts by attackers. And now it's targeting people with connections to the United States.

Facebook, FTC settle over privacy, consumer data charges

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Facebook has agreed to settle privacy charges lodged by the Federal Trade Commission. The social networking giant, among other things, is required to undergo biennial privacy audits.

Facebook opens "checkpoint" for virus infections

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Facebook this week announced a new "malware checkpoint" capability through which users who believe their accounts have been infected can test them against one of two anti-virus products.

Twitter vanishes for an hour, but was it a bug or DDoS?

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For the first time in nearly a year, Twitter suffered a prolonged outage Thursday, leaving its 140 million active monthly users without micro-blogging capabilities.

LinkedIn confirms that posted passwords are of its members

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Business-networking site LinkedIn is looking into the possibility of a data breach which may have led to the theft of nearly 6.5 million user passwords.

On fertile ground: Social networking

On fertile ground: Social networking

Sites such as Facebook and Twitter contain seemingly infinite amounts of personal data, so it's no wonder criminals have turned their focus there. But social media providers and end-users can protect themselves.

Play nicely with your Facebook friends

Play nicely with your Facebook friends

Perhaps Facebook users are beginning to expect more consideration from their friends on social networks.

Twitter sues five over spamming, providing automated tools

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Twitter on Thursday filed a lawsuit against five entities that allegedly provide tools so spammers can tweet unwanted links to legitimate users.

RockYou to pay FTC $250K after breach of 32M passwords

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The FTC seemed most upset with RockYou's failure to protect the personal information of 179,000 children who registered to use the site.

Pinterest's popularity attracts cyber scammers

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And so it begins. The all-the-rage virtual pinboard Pinterest is the latest social networking darling to draw the fancy of cyber swindlers.

Facebook users experience two-hour blackout

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Facebook users in Europe experienced a two-hour blackout that the company describes as "technical difficulties."

Facebook sues Adscend Media for malware and spam

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Facebook and the state of Washington have filed separate lawsuits against Adscend Media, alleging the company was responsible for spreading malware and for stealing personal information from Facebook users.

Twitter acquires web malware fighter Dasient

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Twitter, a hotbed of malware due to its extreme popularity, has made one of its first-ever security acquisitions with the purchase of Dasient.

New Ramnit variant steals Facebook logins

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A new variant of the Ramnit virus harvested the login credentials of more than 45,000 Facebook users worldwide, according to researchers.

Crooks using Zeus in new Facebook attacks

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Variants of the Zeus trojan are being used in new Facebook and banking heists, security researchers and law enforcement are warning.

Facebook to alter privacy practices following FTC ruling

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The Federal Trade Commission has come down hard on Facebook over allegations of "unfair and deceptive" privacy promises, and the social networking behemoth has responded by admitting to its mistakes and appointing two new privacy heads.

Twitter buys Whisper Systems for Android security

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Twitter has acquired a start-up that makes security and management solutions for Android devices.

Cyber Monday to bring increase in online threats

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Cyber Monday, the digital equivalent of the brick-and-mortar world's Black Friday, is one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, and typically marks the beginning of a month-long period of increased online threats.

Facebook identifies porn spam perpetrators

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The social media giant is "pursuing the appropriate action" against those behind a wave of pornographic content that showed up on users' news feeds this week.

Facebook rolls out application-specific passwords

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Facebook on Thursday introduced two new security features to help users better protect their accounts. The first is the ability to create unique passwords for each application a user accesses. (Normally they only need to enter in their standard Facebook credentials). The new capability allows members to create a password, which they won't have to remember each time they login to the app, by visiting Account Settings>Security>App Passwords. Meanwhile, the "Trusted Friends" feature allows a user to select three to five trusted individuals to serve as custodians of codes that can be used to access one's account if he or she is ever locked out.

Researcher finds way to send executable file on Facebook

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Researchers have discovered a way to evade Facebook security controls to deliver a message that could come outfitted with a malicious attachment.

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