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Facebook sues app makers over browser extensions that allegedly scraped user data

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Facebook has filed a lawsuit against two Ukrainian men accused of creating fraudulent quiz applications that tricked users into installing malicious browser extensions. These extensions allegedly scraped information from users’ social media pages and injected unapproved advertisements when users would visit various social networking sites, including Facebook. As reported in The Verge, Facebook filed the…

Report reveals how China leverages social media to influence U.S.

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A new report from Recorded Future’s Insikt Group research team examines how the Chinese government exerts influence on Americans through an organized social media campaign. Unlike Russia, which has weaponized social media as a means to sow discord and undermine democracy within the U.S., China’s objective is to present itself in a more positive, benign…

Panel: Laws to curb influence campaigns on social media should stress transparency, collaboration

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Security and trust executives from social media platforms Facebook and Twitter said at a RSA 2019 keynote panel this week that their companies would welcome additional transparency regulations as a countermeasure against the weaponization of the internet by foreign adversaries. In addition, other experts on the panel suggested regulations that would require the identification of…

Scammers con kids into paying for “free” Fortnite concert

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Scammers using a major event to separate fools from their money is nothing new so several took advantage of the first live concert ever streamed through the massively popular video game Fortnite to sell non-existent tickets to gullible game players. In February Fortnite hosted DJ Marshmello who played a 10-minute set inside the game that…

Microsoft Edge secretly whitelisted sites running Flash Player for Facebook

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Facebook has found itself involved in another controversy, this time a cybersecurity researcher has revealed Microsoft Edge allows Flash Player content to be played on Facebook without notifying the user. Google Project Zero’s Ivan Fratric came across what is essentially a secret whitelist and reported it on November 26, 2018 and waited the usual 90 days…

UK committee hammers Facebook on privacy failures

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A U.K. parliament report condemning a multitude of actions by Facebook called for closer regulation of the social media giant stating the company often ignored its own privacy policy and its executives were less than forthcoming when testifying before a parliament committee. The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s Disinformation and ‘fake…

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Germany bans Facebook from combining user data without permission

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Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, on Thursday banned Facebook from combining user data from its various platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram without explicit user permission. The decision, which comes as the result of a nearly three-year antitrust investigation into Facebook’s data gathering practices, also bans the social media company from gleaning user data…

California SIM swapping conviction reportedly may be a legal first

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Prosecutors in California have reportedly won what they believe to be the first-ever conviction for the act of SIM hijacking. Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old college student from Boston, pleaded guilty in a Santa Clara County courtroom last month to stealing over $5 million in cryptocurrency after taking over the phone numbers of roughly 40 individuals…

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Facebook readying for upcoming election cycles

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Facebook launched a public relations campaign centered on ensuring its users the social media giant has upped its game when it comes to protecting election integrity in the U.S., EU and around the world. Facebook’s Katie Harbath, global politics and government outreach director, Samidh Chakrabarti, director of product management, civic engagement and Anika Geisel, public…

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