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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.


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

How to ensure your social media privacy

Living a genuinely private life in today's increasingly social and interconnected world requires an equal measure of patience, research and ingenuity. Of course, digital marketers say you worry too much.

Big Brother and spray paint soliloquies

It is early in the morning here just outside Toronto here in fortress suburbia. I’m reading through the morning news hoping for anything redeeming when I find a piece about the Canadian government trolling social media for information...

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Facebook experiment helps battle man-in-the-middle attacks

Researchers at Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a detection tool for man-in-the middle attacks that security pros might find helpful in protecting corporate data.

OAuth weakness threatens users of social media sites

Depending on their OAuth implementation, social media sites, such as Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo, could share users' personal information with malicious third-party websites, experts say.


DDoS attack from Facebook possible, but unlikely

While recently shown as possible, using Facebook to launch a DDoS attack would mean ignoring more effective methods, experts say.

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