Facebook has removed four networks - three from Iran and one from Russia - after its investigation revealed they were spreading misinformation regarding politics and news related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The action is part of a larger effort by the social media firm to clamp down on abuse.
The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and six employees of a notorious propaganda agency, who have all been accused of using social media to try and influence the 2018 midterm elections. The U.S. government hopes the sanctions will deter further attempts.
The city of Baltimore's ransomware outbreak - $18 million in costs and counting - led to many crypto-locked files being lost forever, because no IT policy mandated centralized file backups. But effective IT solutions exist to help solve this challenge, provided they're deployed in advance of an attack.
A threat group has been targeting U.S. veterans through a spoofed website promising help for those looking for jobs, according to research from Cisco Talos. Instead of providing job links, however, the phony website installs malware and spyware on a victim's device.
Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of its ongoing investigation into data misuse that grew out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company won't disclose the affected apps, but an unsealed court filing says it has suspended 69,000.
Facebook announced this week that it has removed hundreds of fake accounts and pages. The majority of these originated in Ukraine or Iraq and used phony user identifications to spread misinformation in an attempt to influence local politics, the company says.
Facebook has confirmed that unprotected databases containing more than 419 million users' phone numbers contained data scraped from the social network. TechCrunch, which first reported on the development, says many of the exposed phone numbers can be tied to Facebook IDs and remain accurate.
Following racist and anti-Semitic tweets being posted for a short time to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's hijacked account - despite his use of two-factor authentication - Twitter blamed the security lapse on an unnamed mobile provider. A group called "Chuckling Squad" appears to be responsible.
Facebook and Twitter have suspended a number of accounts and pages that they have tied to information operations being run by the Chinese government. Disinformation has targeted pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong - likening them to cockroaches - while dismissing anti-Beijing sentiment as "fake news."
Ireland's Data Protection Commission says it is "assessing" a report concerning minors who have business profiles on Instagram that may expose email addresses and phone numbers. As many as 5 million kids worldwide have business accounts, but often they have no discernible link to a real business.
The annual Infosecurity Europe conference this year returned to London. Here are visual highlights from the event, which featured over 240 sessions and more than 400 exhibitors, 19,500 attendees and keynotes covering data breaches, darknets, new regulations and more.
Tens of thousands of minors on Instagram expose their email addresses and phone numbers, which child-safety and privacy experts say is worrisome. The kids have turned their profiles from personal ones to business ones, which Instagram mandates must have contact details. But is that appropriate for a child?
Instagram has revoked the access of an Indian social media marketing company after personal details of some of its users ended up in an unprotected database online. Instagram says the number of affected users - first reported at 49 million - is inaccurate, and the exposed data from Instagram was already public.
C-level executives are 12 times more likely to be the target of social incidents and nine times more likely to be the target of social breaches. This is among the key findings of the latest Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report. Author John Grim shares insight.
Two security issues disclosed by Facebook over the past month are worse than first thought, adding to a harrowing series of data-handling mishaps by the social network. Millions of Instagram users had their plain-text passwords stored, and 1.5 million people had their email contact lists uploaded without consent.