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Facebook took action against 2.19B fake accounts in first three months of 2019

The newly released third edition of Facebook’s Community Standards Enforcement report found that five percent of monthly active accounts registered on the social media website between October 2017 and March 2019 were fake. This represents a one-to-two percentage point increase in fake account “prevalence” since the second edition of the transparency report was published last…

Facebook says it ‘unintentionally’ harvested 1.5M users’ email contacts via verification feature

Facebook has once again stoked controversy after the social media giant reportedly owned up to “unintentionally” collecting the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent. Business Insider revealed the company’s latest data mismanagement gaffe in an April 17 news report, after its staff members created a fake account and entered an email password…

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74 Facebook groups for cybercriminals found

There are Facebooks groups for moms, people who like trains, or old photographs of Chicago so it should come as no surprise that cybercriminals also use the social media network to discuss what they like. Cisco Talos found 74 Facebook groups with more than 385,000 members with dedicated to acts ranging from shady to illegal.…

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Massively invasive Italian spyware campaign found on Google Play

The non-profit security organization Security Without Borders (SWB) has identified a campaign utilizing Italian-language service applications from mobile operators apps that instead of doing their stated function are in fact spyware. The groups report stated that dozens of infected apps had been found in the Google Play store with a possible download total in the…

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

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…

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

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…

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