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Flashy Nigerian Instagram star extradited to US to face BEC charges

byLisa VaasThe US has dragged a fancy-pants, Instagram-star, high-fashion-flaunting, alleged Nigerian scammer out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and into Chicago to face charges that he helped launder beaucoup bucks gouged out of businesses in email compromise (BEC) scams. His name is Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, aged 37, also known as “Ray Hushpuppi̶
Publish At:2020-07-07 06:05 | Read:178 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & order BEC business email compromise celebrity extradit

Report calls for web pre-screening to end UK’s child abuse ‘explosion’

byLisa VaasA UK inquiry into child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet has recommended that the government require apps to pre-screen images before publishing them, in order to tackle “an explosion” in images of child sex abuse.The No. 1 recommendation from the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) report, which was published o
Publish At:2020-03-16 08:53 | Read:671 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptography Facebook Instagram Law & order Privacy Snapchat

Facebook encrypted messaging will ‘create hiding places for child abuse’

byLisa VaasLast year, Facebook announced that it would stitch the technical infrastructure of all of its chat apps – Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram – together so that users of each app can talk to each other more easily.The plan includes slathering the end-to-end encryption of WhatsApp – which keeps anyone, including law enforcement and
Publish At:2020-02-10 07:56 | Read:887 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptography Facebook Instagram Law & order Privacy WhatsApp

Facebook’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked by OurMine

The social network giant Facebook is still the target of hackers, its Facebook and Instagram accounts have been hijacked by the popular hacking group OurMine Yesterdat the popular hacking group OurMine hacked the Twitter and Instagram accounts for Facebook and Messenger. The company accounts have been quickly restored. The notorious Saudi Arabian Ou
Publish At:2020-02-09 10:43 | Read:533 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Social Networks Facebook hacking news

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:827 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Fake news Instagram Social networks fact checking f

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:1085 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy ACCESS Act Apple Pages Big Tech Center for Democracy

Helping Kids Think Critically About Influencers They Follow Online

When I was a teenager, my role model was Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton. I admired everything about her. I cut my hair like hers and brushed my teeth three times a day, determined to get my smile to sparkle like hers. I even started eating Wheaties when she endorsed them, thinking it would help me land my back handspring (spoiler alert: it didn’t). It
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:829 | Comments:0 | Tags:Family Safety Instagram online scams security breach influen

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:1313 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security amazon Dark Web domestic abuse domestic a

Want Your Kids to Care More About Online Safety? Try These 7 Tips

The topics parents need to discuss with kids today can be tough compared to even a few years ago. The digital scams are getting more sophisticated and the social culture poses new, more inherent risks. Weekly, we have to breach very adult conversations with our kids. Significant conversations about sexting, bullying, online scams, identity fraud, hate speech
Publish At:2019-10-19 21:45 | Read:1562 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cloud Security Family Safety 13 Reasons Why Bully Cyberbully

Instagram Launches New Feature to Help Users Identify Phishing Emails

Instagram announced the release of a new feature that’s designed to help its users identify phishing emails impersonating the social media platform.On October 7, Instagram tweeted out about the new capability and said that users can leverage it to verify whether an email claiming to originate from the social network is legitimate.Heads up: Today, we’re
Publish At:2019-10-18 10:10 | Read:923 | Comments:0 | Tags:IT Security and Data Protection Latest Security News email I

Instagram clamps down on fake messages with anti-phishing tool

Instagram accounts will always be a popular target for scammers. You might not think it’s a big deal if someone has their account swiped, but it’s often the vanguard of many online businesses. A takeover, or a deletion, can be absolutely devastating. Smart hacking crews are always in the background, waiting to see what they can get away with—and it’s not jus
Publish At:2019-10-15 23:20 | Read:1027 | Comments:0 | Tags:Social engineering anti-phishing anti-phishing tool email em

Instagram phish poses as copyright infringement warning – don’t click!

byPaul DucklinLast month, we wrote about an Instagram scam that presented you with what looked like a two-factor authentication (2FA) code.This time, the crooks are tapping into a concern that many of us have – falling foul of copyright law.Lots of us innocently post and repost photos, GIFs, video clips and screenshots that we find amusing, informative
Publish At:2019-09-24 05:45 | Read:1202 | Comments:0 | Tags:Phishing 2FA Instagram phishing

A week in security (September 16 -22)

Last week on Labs, we sounded the alarm about the relaunch of Emotet, one of the year’s most dangerous forms of malware, with a new spam campaign. We also reported on how international students in UK are targeted by visa scammers, what CEOs think about a potential US data privacy law, and introduced Malwarebytes Browser Guard. Finally, we looked at the
Publish At:2019-09-23 23:25 | Read:1369 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security amazon Browser guard data destruction edu

5 Hidden Hashtag Risks Every Parent Needs Know

Adding hashtags to a social post has become second nature. In fact, it’s so common, few of us stop to consider that as fun and useful as hashtags can be, they can also have consequences if we misuse them. But hashtags are more than add-ons to a post, they are power tools. In fact, when we put the pound (#) sign in front of a word, we turn that word int
Publish At:2019-09-21 11:20 | Read:1525 | Comments:0 | Tags:Family Safety #roastme #tbh activism Child Rescue Coalition

Protect Your Instagram Account From Spambots

Comments that have nothing to do with the photo you’ve posted, followers that don’t seem completely human despite their profile picture, messages from unknown accounts containing suspicious links or offering to help you get followers… It’s likely that you or some of your friends and maybe even the social media manager at your company have run up against this
Publish At:2017-03-21 20:30 | Read:4216 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Instagram security spambots

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