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Anderson Cooper's Twitter hacked to insult Trump after Moore loss

Anderson Cooper said he woke Wednesday morning to find his Twitter account had been hacked.

Facebook fixes polling feature bug that could have deleted users' photos

When Facebook debuted a new polling feature earlier this month, it also introduced a vulnerability that could have allowed a malicious actor to delete any photo saved to the social media site.

Former internet troll reveals secrets of Russia's Internet Research Agency

A former insider at Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) has divulged details on the online troll factory's operations, stating that he "absolutely" believes the organization is connected to the Kremlin.

Justice must narrow scope of Facebook data request in Inauguration Day riots probe

The ruling prevents the department from reviewing data that identifies third-party users not involved in the organization of the protests that erupted into riots, but who may have had interactions with DisruptJ20's page.

Third-party contractor may have deactivated Trump's Twitter account

Twitter is investigating the incident but two sources told the New York Times the culprit is now believed to be a third party rather than an employee.

Facebook asks users to send nudes to prevent revenge porn

Facebook is asking users to submit their nudes in a preemptive strike to combat revenge porn.

Twitter pledges greater transparency for political ads; House subcommittee mulls proposed rules

Twitter said it will identify ad purchasers, ads and their targets and make that information available for review.

Honest Ads Act broadens social media's political ad disclosure requirements

Online platforms would have to adhere to the same political ad disclosure requirements as broadcast entities.

We Heart It breached, 8 million affected

The online image sharing website We Heart It told its members late last week that more than 8 million of its accounts were compromised in a data breach that took place four years ago.

Clinton calls Assange, WikiLeaks, tools of Russian intel

Clinton told an Australian television program that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange weaponized information that was used against her presidential campaign.

Twitter likely deleted info of interest to Russian collusion probe

Twitter's privacy policy calls for tweets to be deleted from its system after a user deletes them.

Malicious Chrome extension mines Monero, hijacks Gmail and Facebook accounts

A new and very ambitious malicious Chrome extension called Ldi has been uncovered, one that injects the Coinhive cryptocurrency miner into the target computer, accesses the victim's Gmail and Facebook accounts and registers newly created domains in that person's name.

Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe

The company, whose investors include Steve Bannon, amassed and analyzed data from numerous sources, including social media, to develop psychological profiles of voters.

Sandberg to meet lawmakers weeks before Facebook appears at hearings

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reportedly will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Thursday.

Facebook discloses content of Russian-placed ads

Facebook gave a broad overview of the content contained in the 3,000 ads that were placed on the social media site Russian Internet Research Agency during and after the 2016 election cycle and that were turned over to House and Senate intelligence committees in early September.

U.S. to collect immigrants' social media info

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) had already amended Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) form to request information on immigrants' online personas.

Facebook to release 3K Russia-linked ads to Congressional intel committees

Zuckerberg's announcement came on the heels of Twitter saying it would appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday.

Facebook hands over ads, account info to Mueller

The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook shared copies of ads with Mueller's investigation as well as the criteria the accounts used to target the those ads.

Sour notes: OurMine hackers briefly post private files from Vevo music video service

The OurMine hacking collective broke into the servers of music video hosting service Vevo and posted approximately 3.12 terabytes of stolen documents, in an unusually aggressive attack by the group.

LinkedIn Premium accounts being used in phishing scam

LinkedIn and Wells Fargo have found themselves once again at the center of a cyber issue, but this time hackers are using the business-oriented social media site to send phishing InMails posing as a Wells Fargo messages.

Staffer with access to Ted Cruz's Twitter responsible for porn 'like'

The post, which was up only briefly, raised speculation that the senator had been hacked.

Nearly 29M records stolen in breach of Latin American social network Taringa!

Almost 29 million user accounts registered with Taringa!, a Reddit-like social network for Latin American users, was stolen last month in a major data breach.

Site spotted selling stolen Instagram phone and email details for $10

A person is claiming to have exploited the recent Instagram API breach to scrape the personal data of 6 million users is reportedly selling the data in a searchable website for $10 per query.

Instagram API hacked to access verified accounts of Selena Gomez, others

Instagram confirmed it was hit by a cyberattack targeting several high profile celebrities.

Real Madrid Twitter accounts hacked shortly after FC Barcelona account breach

Grey hat hackers pranked soccer fans by hacking the Real Madrid Twitter accounts and posting tweets announcing the signing of rival Lionel Messi.

New malware and adware spreading through Facebook Messenger

Fake messages on Facebook Messenger found to harbour malware.

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.