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GoDaddy, Google shut down neo-Nazi site

GoDaddy gave the Daily Stormer 24 hours to find another host after the neo-Nazi site violated its rules, but Anonymous moved more swiftly. By afternoon Google had also yanked the site's registration.

Karma: Facebook Password Stealer steals only thief's passwords

LMNTRIX Labs researchers spotted a Facebook password stealer equipped with a Trojan to deliver a dose of karma to those looking to use it.

"Siren" botnet silenced after spamming Twitter users with porn links

A social media botnet that spams Twitter accounts with links to pornographic content sent more than 8.5 million posts from 90,000 unique accounts before it was finally neutralized, according to a new report.

MySpace patches flaw allowing easy account hijacking

MySpace has reportedly patched a flaw that would allow a hacker to hijack an account using only a person's name, username and birth date.

Jayden K Smith Facebook friend request won't result in hack

A hoax warning is circulating Facebook urging users to decline a friend request from alleged hacker Jayden K Smith.

Privacy issues arise over Snapchat's Snap Map feature

A new Snapchat feature that tracks the location of those using the app has police and children's advocacy groups concerned for the safety of younger users.

Bank websites struggle, consumer services sites shine in online trust assessment

An annual audit of more than 1,000 top websites found that 52 percent have highly trustworthy cybersecurity and privacy practices, yet 46 percent failed the assessment altogether, with bank sites surprisingly faring worst of all.

Facebook defends encryption, says it is countering terrorism using AI

Aware that terrorists take advantage of social media and messaging platforms to spread propaganda and securely communicate, Facebook on Thursday divulged its recent efforts to use AI to identify objectionable content.

COVFEFE Act would designate Trump tweets official records

An acronym of the an early typo tweeted by the president, the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement (COVFEFE) Act, tackles a serious issue of how to classify social media posts by a president.

Another Twitter account takeover flaw spotted

Once again an independent researcher found a way to take control of Twitter accounts to tweet and upload media.

Twitter flaw would have let users post tweets to any account

A researcher going by the moniker Kedrisch spotted a Twitter vulnerability which would've allowed a user to post tweets from any user's account.

Yahoo awards $7K for Flickr account takeover flaw

Yahoo awarded a $7,000 bug bounty to a researcher who spotted three bugs that could be leveraged to takeover a Flickr account.

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016.

Facebook and Google hit with $100M BEC scam

Google and Facebook both fell victim to a scam that swindled $100 from the two tech firms.

Over three quarters of UK public unaware Snooper's Charter was passed

As per the recent Investigatory Powers Act otherwise known as the "Snooper's Charter", UK intelligence agencies were given the green light to access personal data from browsing histories.

New social media site Mastodon potential cybersecurity tar pit

A new social network named Mastodon popped up a few months ago that is designed to deliver a decentralized, open-source experience, but its unique structure may make its members vulnerable to cyberattacks.

UPDATE: Gov't drops efforts to compel Twitter to ID anti-Trump account holder, suit

The Twitter suit says revealing personal details about user @ALT_uscis, which has been highly critical of the president, flies in the face of the First Amendment.

Facebook Live Location service raises privacy, safety concerns

Cybersecurity experts are questioning whether Facebook's addition of Live Location to its Messenger texting app will pose a privacy issue for its users.

Demi Lovato nudes leaked, scammer targets private citizens for sex shows

A spearphishing scammer demanded a sex show from a private citizen after obtaining the victim's email credentials.

Celebgate 2.0 scam promised Amazon gift cards

Spammers looking to take advantage of leaked celebrity photos have turned their sights on exploiting the buzz surrounding "Celebgate 2.0."

Are 'bad bots' weaponising data centres to spread fake news?

As bad bots increasingly take up a greater share of internet traffic, are data centres providing the roads?

Twitter accounts hacked: Swastikas, anti-Dutch messages posted to celeb and high profile accounts

Hackers cracked into a third-party Twitter service where they stole login credentials enabling them to post anti-Dutch tweets on hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts.

Facebook, Instagram prohibit firms from using platform for surveillance

Facebook and Instagram Monday announced that the social media platforms have updated their privacy policies again.

Version of Facebook Lite app weighed down by Spy FakePlay mobile malware

A version of the social media mobile app Facebook Lite, most likely available via third-party sites in China, was found infected with malware that can steal personal information, Malwarebytes reported on Monday.

John Legend calls his Twitter hacker hilarious

Singer John Legend took having his Twitter account hacked with a positive attitude saying that while the hacker was vulgar he was also "kinda hilarious".

DHS may require social media passwords from those visiting from 7 banned countries

DHS's Gen. John Kelly told Congress his department was considering requesting social media passwords from those entering the U.S. from seven countries named in the Trump administration's ban list.

Researcher buys URLs in old Trump tweets, redirects them to videos lampooning president

A security researcher has purchased the expired domains of web pages whose links were posted in old tweets from Donald Trump, and redirected them to satirical videos that mock the U.S. president.

Trump staffers use private email server, president still favors unsecured Android

It is not yet clear if or how Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and others are using the email system.