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Lawyers: Facebook is prepared to pay $550M to settle facial recognition lawsuit

Facebook has agreed to set aside $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by users who allege the social media company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), attorneys for the plaintiffs announced on Wednesday. San Francisco Federal District Court Judge James Donato must still approve the settlement, which the lawyers claim is…

OurMine hackers intercept NFL teams’ social media accounts

Over a dozen NFL teams may want to consider hiring a cyber defensive coordinator after their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts were reportedly hijacked and defaced on Sunday and Monday by the mischievous OurMine hacker group, which has emerged from hibernation. According to multiple news sources, the hackers compromised the NFL’s league Twitter and Facebook…

Malware redirecting visitors found on 2,000 WordPress sites

More than 2,000 WordPress sites have been infected with malicious JavaScript that redirects visitors to scam websites and sets the stage for additional malware to be downloaded at a later time. The Sucuri team said access is gained to WordPress sites through plugin vulnerabilities, including Simple Fields and CP Contact Form with PayPal. A large…

Two information-disclosing bugs found in Twitter Android

In the span of five days, reports of two Twitter Android app vulnerabilities have surfaced: one that could cause attackers to view nonpublic account information or control accounts, and another that reportedly allowed a researcher to look up details on 17 million accounts. In a Dec. 20 blog post, Twitter noted that it issued an…

WordPress patches four security vulnerabilities

WordPress has pushed out version 5.3.1 patching four security issues. WordPress versions 5.3 and earlier are affected and the company is recommending users download the new version, which is a short-cycle maintenance release and soon will be superseded by a full update when version 5.4 is released. The company did not make note of any…

Company sued for allegedly hijacking Facebook accounts to serve ads

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, Facebook is accusing a Hong Kong-based company of infecting individuals with malware in order to hijack their Facebook ad accounts and run malicious advertisements at their expense. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media company filed the legal documentation in a San Francisco federal court against ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd.,…

Facebook, Twitter ban malicious SDK that removed member info

Twitter warned its users that a software development kit (SDK) developed by oneAudience could have allowed that company to obtain account information. Facebook also posted a notice concerning not only the oneAudience SDK, but also for fellow SDK maker Mobiburn. OneAudience confirmed the problem and then shut down the SDK along with its associated websites…

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