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Credential stuffing attack prompts Reddit to force password reset


Some Reddit users discovered they were locked out of their own accounts earlier this week after an apparent credential stuffing attack compelled the popular website to invoke password security measures. An admin post published on Reddit’s Help subreddit this past Wednesday advises users that a “large group of accounts were locked down” due to anomalous…

Not using Facebook? Apps still sharing your data with the company, says study


A newly released study of 34 prominent Android apps found that roughly 68 percent of them share user data with Facebook even when the device operator isn’t actively logged into the social media service or, for that matter, never created a Facebook account. In such instances, the apps typically communicate to the social media giant…

Pro-ISIS attackers compromise U.S. Central Command Twitter and YouTube accounts

Report: Hackers hijacking old Twitter accounts to post pro-ISIS content


Hackers supporting ISIS have recently been spreading terrorist propaganda on social media by hijacking old, largely abandoned Twitter accounts that were never confirmed via email by their rightful owners, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. Generally, the impacted accounts were inactive for long periods of time before they were taken over. Reportedly, many were compromised over the…

Facebook subjected to lawsuit, exposé over user data practices


District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine yesterday filed a civil lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social media giant’s failure to properly safeguard its users’ data constitutes a violation of the district’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CCPA). The lawsuit seeks payment from Facebook in the form of financial restitution and civil penalties, and also asks the…

Samsung updates Smart TV privacy policy to clarify collection of user data

Study finds privacy concerns amidst Black Friday tech deals


Consumers may want to think twice before taking advantage of the Black Friday discounts offered on the latest Smart TVs after a recent study found 25 percent of Americans worry their conversations are being monitored through their smart TVs. The study was conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of ExpressVPN  and surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults, finding that 29…


Google, U.S. and Israeli politician Twitter accounts hijacked to promote ‘Elon Musk’ Bitcoin scam


After compromising the Twitter accounts of Target along with several other high profile and verified accounts and impersonating Elon Musk all to promote Bitcoin giveaway scams, cybercriminals have now set their sights on Google. Just two days earlier, scammers were briefly able to get ahold of the Target Twitter page for about a half hour…

Facebook reportedly fixes search bug that could have threatened user privacy


Facebook earlier this year reportedly patched a vulnerability in its search page that could have allowed enterprising attackers to perform reconnaissance on certain users. In a company blog post today, Imperva security researcher Ron Masas wrote that Facebook fixed the issue shortly after he discovered the flaw back in May. Masas reportedly noticed that Facebook’s…

Bitcoin scammers impersonate Elon Musk, hack Target’s Twitter account


Scammers impersonating Elon Musk managed to hack the verified Twitter accounts of Target and several others in a cryptocurrency fraud scheme promising huge Bitcoin giveaways Tuesday morning. Hackers were briefly able to get ahold of the Target Twitter page for about a half hour when they used the big-box retailer’s account to promote “the biggest crypto-giveaway…

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