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A decade in cybersecurity fails: the top breaches, threats, and ‘whoopsies’ of the 2010s

This post was co-authored by Wendy Zamora and Chris Boyd. All opinions expressed belong to your mom. Back in the days before climate change stretched frigid winter months directly into the insta-sweat of summer, there was a saying about March: in like a lamb, out like a lion. The same might be said about the last decade in cybersecurity fails. What kic
Publish At:2019-12-19 16:50 | Read:236 | Comments:0 | Tags:Awareness ashley madison ashley madison hack BadRabbit cambr

Instagram hides ‘false’ content, unless it’s from a politician

byLisa VaasFacebook is expanding its efforts to muffle misinformation on Instagram, which it owns.In 2018, two reports prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee found that when it came to Russia’s misinformation campaign in the 2016 US presidential election, Instagram was where the real action was: researchers counted more Instagram reactions to f
Publish At:2019-12-19 12:37 | Read:296 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Fake news Instagram Social networks fact checking f

Facebook employees’ payroll data nabbed in car smash-and-grab

byLisa VaasFacebook has again lost data on thousands of people, but this time, it’s the old-fashioned, smash-and-grab kind of data breach, done by a thief to an employee’s car.Bloomberg Technology reported on Friday that a thief broke into an employee’s car and made off with payroll data for 29,000 current and former US Facebook workers.The
Publish At:2019-12-17 12:35 | Read:410 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data loss Facebook Law & order Privacy data loss employee da

Could Your Child be Sexting? Signs to Look for and Ways to Respond

Oh, what we wouldn’t do to travel back in time to the days before smartphones kid-jacked our families, right? But here we are. Our kids are forever connected. And, it’s up to parents to help them navigate the risks — one of which is sexting. Ouch. Even reading the word may make any parent want to click off this post and run. But don’t. Stay
Publish At:2019-12-06 16:45 | Read:470 | Comments:0 | Tags:Family Safety facebook social networking protecting kids onl

Sir Tim Berners-Lee publishes plan to save the web from ‘digital dystopia’

byJohn E DunnWeb inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is so worried his 30-year-old creation is turning into a “digital dystopia” that he’s proposed a Contract for the Web to rescue it from a headlong plunge into a moral abyss.It’s not an original worry – Berners-Lee has publicly fretted about the web’s direction many times in recent years – and it’s not
Publish At:2019-11-26 12:35 | Read:449 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Google Microsoft Privacy Twitter Contract for the W

ACCESS Act might improve data privacy through interoperability

Data privacy is back in Congressional lawmakers’ sights, as a new, legislative proposal focuses not on data collection, storage, and selling, but on the idea that Americans should be able to more easily pack up their user data and take it to a competing service—perhaps one that better respects their data privacy. The new bill would also require certain t
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:378 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy ACCESS Act Apple Pages Big Tech Center for Democracy

A week in security (November 4 – November 10)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we announced the launch of Malwarebytes 4.0, tackled data privacy legislation, and explored some of the ways robocalls come gunning for your data and your money. We also laid out the steps involved in popular vendor email compromise attacks. Other cybersecurity news Bug bounty bonanza: Rockstar Games open up their bounty prog
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:361 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security awis cyber facebook fake news hacking Mob

Facebook scams: Bad ads, bogus grants, and fake tickets lurk on social media giant

We recently highlighted new steps Instagram is taking to try and clamp down on scammers sending fake messages on their platform. It turns out, other social media giants are walking a similar path for a variety of bogus ads and other attacks. Facebook scams in particular have taken off, despite the company’s efforts to stamp them out. Facebook is now ex
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:340 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams advertising reporting tool cloned accounts concert tic

Facebook sues NSO Group for WhatsApp spyware attack

 Social media giant Facebook, owner of the WhatsApp messaging platform, has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, an Israeli company that develops software for intelligence agencies. Back in May 2019, NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was found to have spread to about 1,400 mobile devices via a remotely exploitable vulnerability in the iOS and Android versions o
Publish At:2019-11-11 22:10 | Read:301 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security News Facebook Pegasus WhatsApp

Zuckerberg Roasted over Libra

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg got roasted with questions about the company’s involvement in the new ambitious cryptocurrency project called Libra. Even though the hearing before Congress was predominantly about Libra, the members of Congress used this as an opportunity to ask questions for other topics that included the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the mult
Publish At:2019-10-25 04:15 | Read:555 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile News News Social Media cybersecurity Facebook

Data collectors

Who owns data owns the world. And with the Internet taking over much of our daily lives, it has become far easier and faster to receive, collect, and analyze data. The average user cannot even imagine how much data gets collected on them. Besides technical information (for example, about a smartphone) harvested by a manufacturer to patch vulnerabilities, com
Publish At:2019-10-23 06:05 | Read:576 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Publications advertising networks Data Protection F

A week in security (October 14 – 20)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we tried to unlock the future of the password (its vulnerabilities, current alternatives, and possible future disappearance), analyzed the lagging response by many businesses in adopting a patch for Pulse VPN vulnerability, looked at Instagram’s bulked-up security against phishing emails scams, and were reminded that ransomwar
Publish At:2019-10-21 16:50 | Read:623 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security amazon Dark Web domestic abuse domestic a

#FacebookLockout: Users who report fake/scam accounts locked out

byLisa VaasPeople who are just trying to be good citizens of Facebookland, by reporting fake accounts set up by, say, a scammer pretending to be their dead granny, are being locked out of their own accounts by what looks like a glitch in Facebook’s reporting function.Users frustrated at the lockouts had taken to Twitter to get Facebook’s attentio
Publish At:2019-10-16 05:50 | Read:374 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Social networks #FacebookLockout account impersonat

Job seekers are scrubbing clean their social media accounts

byLisa VaasWe’re thrilled to pass along the findings of a new report that says that job seekers are doing what we’ve been begging them (as well as those people who are just fine with their current jobs, thank you very much) to do for years: button down privacy on their social media accounts, and mop up the splatter tracks of their nonprofessional
Publish At:2019-10-10 06:05 | Read:395 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook LinkedIn Privacy Social networks employment job app

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency dealt blow by PayPal’s departure

byJohn E DunnHas PayPal just dealt a body blow to Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency?In emails sent to journalists last week, the company abruptly announced that it was leaving the Libra Association, the 28-strong organisation of global companies and non-profits, including Facebook, set up to oversee its roll out.Given that Libra was only announced in June, wit
Publish At:2019-10-08 05:45 | Read:620 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptocurrency Facebook Social networks cryptocurrency Libra

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