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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.

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.