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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.

Researcher rewarded for finding Facebook Business Manager account takeover flaw

Security researcher Arun Sureshkumar earned $16,000 after disclosing a vulnerability in Facebook Business Manager that, if exploited, could have allowed attackers to take over a targeted victim's Facebook page.

40% don't realise Facebook sells their data

Some 40 percent of respondents to a recent survey did not know that Facebook sold their data, and half said they would quit if it did. People value their privacy - a lot higher than the market does.

WhatsApp to share customer data with Facebook

WhatsApp will now share the phone numbers of customers with its parent company, Facebook. The move has prompted concerned looks from those who once celebrated the company for its high standards of privacy.

Video: How Facebook turned the insider threat to its advantage

At a recent SC Roundtable event, we caught up with Jim McCoy, technical lead for security tools and operations at Facebook. He told us how Facebook used its experience dealing with inside threats to combat external attackers.

10,000 Facebook users infected by malware

A message seeming to come from a Facebook friend was instead a source of malware that ensnared 10,000 users.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Quora account hijacked by Zuckerberg hackers

Three weeks after hijacking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts, the mischievous OurMine hacking group appears to have briefly seized control of Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account.

Zuckerberg cyber-zecurity zucks!

It seems that the Facebook founder has committed one of the cardinal sins of cyber-security and used the same password for different accounts, resulting in a public shaming.

ICYMI: Facebook flaw; Verizon report; 5 Cisco alerts; TalkTalk arrest; Crime up

The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at Facebook backdoor; Verizon findings; Cisco vulnerabilities; 6th TalkTalk arrest; cyber-crime rampant

Bug hunter finds backdoor in Facebook left by another bug hunter

A series of bug bountiers have apparently open and closed a vulnerability in the social media giant, Facebook.

Facebook scam promises friend's video, delivers malware instead

A new spam campaign tries to fool Facebook users into downloading malware by luring them to a fake YouTube page supposedly featuring a friend's video.

Facebook quickly patches Instagram vulnerability

Facebook reacted quickly to a vulnerability with certain Instagram accounts and fixed the issues in less than a day.

New ISIS video threatens Facebook and Twitter CEOs

ISIS has made threats to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a new video showing their photos with digitally added bullet holes.