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Cough up your social media password or go to jail

There are times when laws go well beyond rational thought. This week I read about one such law that has me rather put out is one from the legislature in Illinois. It isn't the law itself that has me upset rather it is the...

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Ham-fisted phishing attack seeks LinkedIn logins

The emails contain an HTML attachment that seems to be slipping past spam filters

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U.S. CENTCOM Twitter feed compromised by 'Cyber Jihadists'

The official Twitter account for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) was compromised Monday afternoon, by attackers claiming to support the terrorist group ISIS.

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'SpoofedMe' attacks exploited LinkedIn, Amazon social login flaws

IBM found several problems in how login credentials can be used for other websites

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Anonymous targets Ku Klux Klan during latest operation

After the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) promised to use lethal force against protestors in Ferguson, Mo., supporters of Anonymous launched OpKKK. On Sunday, the faceless, loosely associative collective hijacked two KKK Twitter accounts, and used...

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Social Engineers work in teams to harness the power of information

Proving once again that information viewed as harmless can often enable an attacker, the contestants in this years Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) contest at DEF CON 22 worked in teams of two in order to collect vital...

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New ad-free social network Ello is pro-privacy, but with caveats

The site still gathers certain types of data about users

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New malware spreads over Twitch chat, targets Steam accounts

New malware will attempt to sell items stored in your Steam account so an attacker can reap the proceeds and buy items for themselves.

Your expectation of privacy on Facebook is a fantasy

Another day, another person burned by the assumption of privacy on social media

Facebook says most outbound email is encrypted now

Microsoft and Yahoo have enabled STARTTLS, which dramatically raised the percentage of encrypted messages

Using Instagram on public Wi-Fi poses risk of an account hijack, researcher says

Instagram is moving to full https encryption but isn't there just yet

10 new social media scams to watch out for

Scams on social networks are nothing new, but they're constantly changing to keep up with and take advantage of the latest apps, trends, and news. Here are some of the most recent scams that are making the rounds.

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Criminals target Flight 17 (MH17) discussions on Twitter

The tragedy that is Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has sparked plenty of outrage, grief, and dismay on Twitter. Seeing an opportunity, criminals have targeted those discussions in order to spread malware.

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Developing a smart approach to SMAC security

As businesses look to take advantage of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, and cloud) platforms, they first need to consider the risks and security implications of the technologies involved

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Campaign targeting user credentials discovered after five years

Researchers at Cyphort Labs have discovered a campaign that is actively targeting usernames and passwords, and has done so undetected since 2009.

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US lawmaker asks FTC to probe implications of Facebook 'big data' experiment

Senator Mark R. Warner wants to know what oversight, if any, would be appropriate for studies conducted by social media platforms.

Fake online personas? Say it isn’t so

One of the more amusing aspects of social media is the number of fake and/or troll accounts that people use as an outlet when they don’t want to, or can’t, identify themselves. This can also be turned around for a nefarious end. It...

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Five new threats to your mobile device security

Relentless cyber criminals are always looking for the next big hack, and mobile devices are the new frontier

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