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Instagram fixed after researcher finds way to link account info to PII

Facebook has repaired a vulnerability in its Instagram social media platform, after a researcher found that it could be exploited to link users’ phone numbers to their account numbers, usernames and actual names. With the help a brute-force algorithm and a network of bots, malicious actors could have leveraged the flaw to bypass data security…

Facebook hosts election security meeting between tech companies, intel officials

Executives from leading technology and social media firms convened with U.S. intelligence representatives yesterday to discuss ongoing efforts to shield their platforms and users from election interference campaigns. According to Bloomberg and additional news outlets, Facebook used its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters to host the meeting, which was attended by Google, Microsoft, Twitter and members…

Google fined $170M for allegedly improper collection of kids’ data from YouTube channels

The Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General’s office today announced that Google and its subsidiary YouTube agreed to an unprecedented $170 million in fines for allegedly using cookies to harvest personal data from minors without parental consent and then serve behavioral ads based on this information. Such actions are in violation of the…

WordPress plugins vulnerable to redirects

A number of new and old WordPress plugin vulnerabilities are being targeted in an attempt to redirect traffic from victims’ sites to a number of potentially harmful locations. WordFence’s Threat Intelligence team said users of the plugins under attack are protected by individual firewall rules or generic protections built into the plugin, however, two of…

Instagram asks security researchers to check out ‘Checkout’ feature

Instagram is reportedly recruiting white-hat researchers to test the security of its new Checkout feature, which allows users to buy merchandise from select brands without ever having to leave the social media app. CNN this week reported that Facebook-owned Instagram is restricting the testing to only those individuals who have submitted high-quality research to its…

FTC levies historic fine on Facebook for privacy violations

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has penalized Facebook $5 billion as punishment for what it described as deceptive privacy practices, and imposed new restrictions on the social media giant. Facebook likewise announced that it has agreed to the terms of the deal. In conjunction, the Department of Justice officially filed a…

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Hackers leak documents stolen from contractor for Russian intel agency

Hackers reportedly stole 7.5 TB of data from a contractor for the Russian intelligence service FSB, and revealed details on several of its activities or prospective projects, including the collecting of information on users of social media services, Tor and P2P networks. The contractor, SyTech, has worked for FSB’s radio-electronic intelligence unit 71330 since 2009,…

Unofficial Telegram app secretly loads malicious sites

An unofficial Telegram app is secretly loading malicious sites onto the devices of unsuspecting users and running other malicious services in the background without the users’ consent. Symantec researchers discovered the malicious app, named MobonoGram 2019 (detected as Android.Fakeyouwon) and advertised as an unofficial version of the Telegram messaging application with more features than the…

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