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Former Marvel exec Stan Lee claims Facebook and Instagram accounts were hacked

Comic-book writer Stan Lee appears to have sent a beacon to assemble his fans and Mark Zuckerberg after discovering his Instagram and Facebook accounts were hacked.

Two alleged Syrian Electronic Army members indicted for spear phishing and defacement campaign

U.S. prosecutors filed an indictment yesterday for two alleged Syrian Electronic Army hacktivists who are accused of compromising news media websites and social media accounts in order to spread propaganda supporting the regime of Sryian president Bashar al-Assad.

Russian operatives accessed voter databases, says Senate Intel Committee

With the 2018 midterms looming, securing the nation's election systems takes on a certain urgency.

Twitter urges users to change passwords after finding bug in password storage system

A vulnerability in the social media company's password storage system left passwords unmasked, the company said.

Cambridge Analytica shuts down, Twitter defends sale of data to firm

Claiming no wrongdoing in the scandal over obtaining the data of unwitting Facebook users, the data analytics firm that took some credit for Donald Trump's White House win, shuts down with bankruptcy looming.

Wylie urges U.S. lawmakers to probe Cambridge Analytica; Kogan faces British lawmakers

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who exposed the scheme was on Capitol Hill Tuesday encouraging lawmakers to probe whether the data analytics firm's actions were in violation of U.S. law.

North Korea 'elite' tightening security, increasing obfuscation, abandoning Western social media

The use of internet obfuscation services by the elite, or North Korea's "0.1 percent," increased 1,200 percent since a July 2017 analysis, with significant upticks in the use of VPNs, TOR, VPS and TLS.

Bipartisan Senate bill presses for privacy protections on social media

The bill, penned by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., and Sen. Amy Kobluchar, D-Minn., would compel social media firms to provide users with a copy of the data that has been collected on them and who had accessed.

Kaspersky challenges Twitter's decision banning company's ads

Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky penned a letter to Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey defending his compsny's transparency and business practices.

Terbium Labs CEO: We have the tools to curtail fake news, if we'd only use them

We already have the means to significantly curtail fake news campaigns emanating from Russia and elsewhere, but it is up security practitioners, and especially online content and advertising platforms, to meaningfully employ these measures, according to Dr. Daniel Rogers, CEO of Terbium Labs.

Web trackers exploit 'login with Facebook' feature to gather, share user data

Third-party JavaScript trackers that are embedded on websites where users login through Facebook can gather their data, including email addresses, researchers found.

Looking to reduce GDPR liability, Facebook ports 1.5B non-U.S. users to domestic HQ

Facebook is widely seen to have dodged a GDPR bullet in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Social media aggregator LocalBlox leaves 48M records exposed

Social media data aggregation firm LocalBlox left an AWS bucket misconfigured revealing 48 million records gleaned from Facebook and other sites.

Facebook slapped with class action suit over privacy, data gathering infractions

The complaint accuses the social media firm of violating its own policies and privacy law and unjustly profiting from data harvested and shared.

Singaporean student earns 24 months probation for Roger Goodell Twitter death hoax

Singapore courts reportedly sentenced Singaporean student Devesh Logendran to 24 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to hacking an official NFL Twitter account and tweeting that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.

Alleged LinkedIn hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin extradited to U.S., pleads not guilty

The U.S. successfully extradited accused Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin from the Czech Republic last week, winning a political tug-of-war with Moscow, which sought to return him to his home country.

Facebook VP justifies company's data collection practices as central to its growth and mission

The memo penned by Andrew "Boz" Bosworth surfaced as the social media company is trying to restore user trust after Cambridge Analytica harvested data from the Facebook accounts of 50 million Americans without their consent.

Facebook says upgrades improve privacy, give users more control over data

The social media company said changes and updates would make privacy and security policies easier to find and apply.

Grindr flaws spill personal info on users, reveals locations

An app developer discovered the vulnerabilities when creating a website that lets users find out who blocked them on the dating app,

Facebook to expand bug bounty program to include data misuse

Self-policing could help offset Facebook's woes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and start a trend in bug bounties going forward.

Illinois sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica for privacy violations

The suit claims that Facebook "encouraged" the kind of data collection that has landed the social media giant and Cambridge Analytica, the analytics firm that gleaned the personal data from 50 million unwitting Facebook users.

Nearly 1/3 of tech workers will delete Facebook accounts amid scandal, study

Amid the recent Facebook scandal, a recent study found 31 percent of tech workers said they will delete their accounts on the popular social media platform.

Facebook sends auditors to Cambridge Analytica; FTC reportedly probing

Facebook said auditor Stroz Friedberg was on-site at the Cambridge Analytica offices in London for an audit but was asked to stand down by the U.K. Information Commissioner's office, which is conducting its own probe.

Social media and engineering used to spread Tempted Cedar Spyware

Cybercriminals are using social media and social engineering to dupe victims into downloading Advance Persistent Threat spyware disguised as the Kik messenger app.

New crop of Twitter pornbots found advertising adult sites, misappropriating hashtags

A researcher who in 2016 uncovered roughly 500 bots programmed to automatically create Twitter posts advertising pornography has found that about 20 percent of them were still active two years later.

Twitter spam app plaguing accounts

Cybercrimals attempting to take advantage of Twitter users curiosity over who visits their page are using a new form of bait that advertises the ability to track such visits.

Hawaii slow to Tweet missile alert update when governor forgets Twitter password

Citizens were in a panic for nearly 20 minutes until the state's social media accounts were updated with a false alarm alert.