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RSA: New spyware found in malicious chat app aimed at Palestinians

A malicious chat app that was advertised on Facebook and sold in the Google Play store was discovered to execute a previously undiscovered spyware program linked to APT-C-23, an APT group allegedly with ties to Hamas.

Trackers exploit 'login with Facebook' feature to gather & share user data

Web trackers like Bandsintown are exploiting the "Login with Facebook" feature to gain access to data from the social media firm's users, according a report by security researchers at the Freedom to Tinker blog.

Looking to reduce GDPR liability, Facebook ports 1.5B non-US users to HQ

In an effort to reduce its liability under Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to take effect in May, Facebook has transferred responsibility for more than 1.5 billion users in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Social media aggregator LocalBlox leaves 48m records in the cloud exposed

In the wake of the Facebook- CA scandal, social media data aggregation firm LocalBlox left an AWS bucket misconfigured revealing 48 million records gleaned from publicly available data on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

RSA: Major tech companies band together to fight cyber-attacks

Possibly the second most ambitious crossover in history after Infinity War. Thirty eight companies have signed an accord to develop long-term, wide-reaching cyber-security akin to a "Digital Geneva Convention."

Facebook in class action suit over privacy, data gathering infractions

Facebook accused of "standing idly by" while Aleksandr Kogan raided user accounts through a quiz app and shared the information with Cambridge Analytica and "made only the weakest attempts to prevent further access to this data.

Should LinkedIn follow Facebook's lead in data restriction controls?

Facebook's recent announcement to update its data restriction policies has prompted some researchers to examine other social media platforms to review their data practices as well.

Facebook ups number hit by Cambridge Analytica breach to 87 million

Facebook announced an additional 37 million people were affected in the Cambridge Analytica breach while at the same time rolling out new plans to restrict data access to the site's users.

Leaked Documents claim CA Affiliate Gave Facebook Data to John Bolton

A whistleblower has released documents bolstering claims a company at the centre of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal didn't destroy user data.

Facebook to expand bug bounty program to include data misuse

The last item included in a short list of changes that Facebook said it would make to its platform in the wake of the growing Cambridge Analytica scandal - growing its bug bounty programme to include developer misuse of data.

FTC confirms Facebook probe, Common Cause files complaints against CA

After speculation mounted last week, the FTC said Monday that it has launched a probe into Facebook after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica used the private information of 50 million users without their permission.

Nearly 1/3 of tech workers will delete Facebook accounts amid scandal, study

Amid the recent Facebook scandal, a new study found 31 percent of tech workers said they will delete their accounts on the popular social media platform.

Will Cambridge Analytica's data harvesting impact business use on Facebook?

The Information Commissioner's Office is investigating the manner in which data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested millions of Facebook profiles and analysed them for political purposes and to target voters during Brexit.

Facebook bug bounty programme paid out £638K in 2017

Facebook's 2017 Bug Bounty programme paid out US$ 880,000 (£638,000) to more than 100 researchers and will update its Thanks page in 2018 to reflect dollar amount and submission validity, among other items.

Digmine cryptocurrency botnet spreading through Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is the launching pad for a new Monero-cryptocurrency mining bot called Digmine that so far is hitting only a small sampling of nations around the world.

CNIL orders WhatsApp to stop gifting data to parent firm Facebook

French Watchdog CNIL has ordered that Whatsapp stop sharing data with its parent company, Facebook, for business advertising and promotion.

Facebook tool will let users view Russian-placed pages, Instagram accounts

Facebook has said it will offer a tool that will let users view the pages and ads created by a Russian troll farm operating under the moniker Internet Research Agency.

Facebook asks users to send nudes to prevent revenge porn

Facebook is running a pilot programme in Australia asking users to submit their nudes in a preemptive strike to combat revenge porn by preventing 'matched' photos appearing.

Russian anti-privacy laws go into effect - Facebook to be blocked

Russia's anti-privacy laws began taking effect 1 October - with another deadline on 1 November - just as the country pledged to block Facebook if the company refuses to store Russian citizens' data on Russian servers.

New malware and adware spreading through Facebook Messenger

Fake messages on Facebook Messenger found to harbour malware.

ICYMI: £77m phish; Czech win; ATM theft; Netflix ransom; Bank squat

In Case You Missed It: Google & Facebook phished; Czechs win exercise; ATM theft; Netflix ransom snub; Bank domains spoofed

Facebook upgrades security for 1.79bn users to make them 'unphishable'

Facebook makes accounts 'unphishable' with adoption of the FIDO universal two-factor authentication, a physical key that fits into the USB port of your computer.

ImageMagick bug in Facebook could have allowed remote execution of code

Researcher gets $40,000 bounty for finding exploit that could have allowed an attacker to exploit ImageMagick to gain control of a Facebook server.

ICYMI: Blacknurse, Facebook Spam, ATM Machines, NSA and the Three breach

This week, A Blacknurse DDoS that can cripple with only one laptop, Facebook spam delivers Locky, ATM scammers, NSA's dark tower and two arrests after the three data breach.

Facebook spam caught delivering Locky ransomware

Over the weekend two security researchers spotted a Facebook spam campaign delivering Nemucod as well as Locky ransomware

Facebook blocks car insurance premiums based on posts

Facebook has blocked one of the UK's largest car insurance firm's plans to use Facebook post to assist in risk assessment when determining premiums.

An unadulterated scam: Adult video ruse compromises European Facebook users

An adult video scam that was discovered infecting Russian Facebook users back in April is now targeting Europeans, Kaspersky Lab reported via its Securelist blog.

Russian anti-terrorism law allows security firms to hack Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp

A recently passed Russian law has given that country's security firms the green light to crack encrypted communications services.

India orders WhatsApp to keep data from Facebook

The Delhi High Court has ordered WhatsApp not to share certain data with Facebook, as it plans to do with its groundbreaking and controversial policy changes.

Facebook can no longer share data of German users on WhatsApp

Facebook has been banned from collecting and storing the data of German users on its messaging app, WhatsApp.