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Lawyers: Facebook is prepared to pay $550M to settle facial recognition lawsuit

Facebook has agreed to set aside $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by users who allege the social media company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), attorneys for the plaintiffs announced on Wednesday. San Francisco Federal District Court Judge James Donato must still approve the settlement, which the lawyers claim is…
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Data Breach, Security News, Sponsor Content

Hackers ran ad scams after hijacking account at Facebook data partner LiveRamp

Hackers took over the account of an employee at LiveRamp – one of Facebook’s significant data partners and a marketer extraordinaire that helps advertisers target ads – to access its Business Manager account and launch a campaign to run scam ads, tapping other user accounts to pay for them and deceiving customers. “The instance to…
Election Coverage, Government, Security News

Facebook deepfakes ban falls short, lawmakers say

House lawmakers Wednesday grilled Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, Monika Bickert, over the company’s ban of “deepfakes,” saying that the policy fell short. “Big Tech failed to respond to the grave threats posed by deepfakes, as evidenced by Facebook scrambling to announce a new policy that strikes me as wholly inadequate,” said Rep.…
Facebook login bug lets attackers hijack accounts on Mashable, other sites
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Open dark web database exposes info on 267 million Facebook

An unsecured database on the dark web left the personal information of more than 267 million Facebook users, mostly in the U.S., exposed. Although the database, discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech and traced to Vietnam, is now inaccessible, it laid bare names, phone numbers, timestamps and Facebook IDs and that information also…
Privacy & Compliance, Security News

Facebook Tor gateway down while TLS certificate renewed

Facebook’s Tor gateway will be out of commission for a week or two after a TLS certificate expired. “Our onion service, facebookcorewwwi.onion, is temporarily unavailable while we await renewal of our TLS certificate. In the meantime, Facebook is still accessible via facebook.com using Tor Browser,” the company posted on the Facebook Over Tor page. The social media…
Cybercrime, Legal, Malware, Security News

Company sued for allegedly hijacking Facebook accounts to serve ads

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, Facebook is accusing a Hong Kong-based company of infecting individuals with malware in order to hijack their Facebook ad accounts and run malicious advertisements at their expense. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media company filed the legal documentation in a San Francisco federal court against ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd.,…
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Election Coverage, Security News

Trojan targeting Facebook Ads Manager could be cyberespionage tool

Facebook ads are being targeted by a new trojan which could allow a malicious actor to access not only regular advertisements but the growing number of political spots being posted to the social media giant. The trojan, called Socelars, is distributed through a fake PDF editing app named PDFreader attempts to mine data from Facebook…
Mobile Security, Security News

Facebook, Twitter ban malicious SDK that removed member info

Twitter warned its users that a software development kit (SDK) developed by oneAudience could have allowed that company to obtain account information. Facebook also posted a notice concerning not only the oneAudience SDK, but also for fellow SDK maker Mobiburn. OneAudience confirmed the problem and then shut down the SDK along with its associated websites…
Mobile Security, Mobile/End Point Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

System bug gives Facebook access to iPhone cameras

A bug in the latest version of iOS opens iPhone cameras as users peruse their Facebook feeds, letting the social media giant access the cameras. “We have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug,” a spokesman told the Guardian, confirming that glitch would let the Facebook app “navigate to…
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Facebook app developers told to delete group member info

For the last 18 months some of Facebook’s developers have had access to private user information contained within some of the social media site’s groups. The information was accessible through the Facebook Group’s API which allowed those developing apps for a group to see information such as names and profile pictures in connection with group…
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