Social Media Threats

Facebook Adds New Security Tools, Goes Harder after 'Fake News' Accounts

Facebook Adds New Security Tools, Goes Harder after 'Fake News' Accounts

Facebook is pressing its enforcement against what it calls "information operations" — bad actors who use the platform to spread fake news and false propaganda. The company said Thursday it's adding new technologies to find fake accounts and detect abuse on its platform. The company said it is combating "false amplifiers" of political stances — which can include fake accounts or groups,...

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Social Media Accounts Crackdown Backfires as Demand Rises

Social Media Accounts Crackdown Backfires as Demand Rises

Facebook shut down as many as 30,000 fake accounts in the past week — but that's unlikely to hurt the multi-million-dollar spam industry. In fact, since Facebook's post-election housecleaning, it's become even more lucrative for spammers to pump out "inauthentic accounts." The asking price on the black market for 1,000 fake accounts used to be $20, but security changes by the social network...

Mastodon, New Social Media Site, Potential Cybersecurity Tar Pit

Mastodon, New Social Media Site, Potential Cybersecurity Tar Pit

A new social media network named Mastodon popped up a few months ago and is designed to deliver a decentralized, open-source experience, but its unique structure may make its members vulnerable to cyberattacks, Malwarebyte's researcher Zammis Clark blogged. Mastodon members can set up their own server if they wish, called an “instance” by the Mastodon community, and then have people join...

Facebook Under Fire for Spreading Illegal Content Yet Again

Facebook Under Fire for Spreading Illegal Content Yet Again

In a report published today, The Times newspaper accuses Facebook of publishing child pornography after one of its reporters created a fake profile and was quickly able to find offensive and potentially illegal content on the site — including pedophilic cartoons; a video that apparently shows a child being violently abused; and various types of terrorist propaganda including a beheading video...

Safeguard Your Twitter Account or Deal with Serious Security Consequences

Safeguard Your Twitter Account or Deal with Serious Security Consequences

Seven Ways to Protect Your Twitter Account: 1) Follow Social Media Security Best Practices: This means using multifactor authentication, not accepting information-disclosing connection requests from unknown parties, and using strong, unique passwords for each social media account. Good passwords are essential for keeping a Twitter account safe. Additionally, make sure employees are aware that...

FB Addresses Revenge Porn With Tech to Stop Re-Sharing of Intimate Images

FB Addresses Revenge Porn With Tech to Stop Re-Sharing of Intimate Images

Facebook has implemented a new photo-matching technology to ensure people can’t re-share images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn — intimate photos of people shared without their consent. That means if someone tries to share a photo that Facebook has previously taken down, that person will see a pop-up saying the photo violates Facebook’s policies and that Facebook will not...

Yes, Burglars Read Your Social Media to Know When You're Away

Yes, Burglars Read Your Social Media to Know When You're Away

Note to social media users: When you share your whereabouts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or what have you, it may not be just your friends who are paying attention. If you let it be known that you are away on that fabulous holiday in Mexico, Hawaii, or the South of France, you may be doing more than inspiring envy among your friends and followers. There may be lurking among them people whose...

How to Know Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked

How to Know Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked

Since many people use their Facebook account to log in to other sites, keeping it secure is very important. There are number of reasons hackers might want access to your Facebook account. Here's how to check if your account has been hacked: Click on "Settings," then "Security" and then "Where you're logged in." On that page, if you see any unfamiliar login locations, you might have been hacked....

377,000 Accounts Suspended For Promoting Terror and Extremism By Twitter

377,000 Accounts Suspended For Promoting Terror and Extremism By Twitter

Twitter announced on Tuesday (20th) that it has deleted 377,000 accounts in the second half of 2016 as part of its fight against content related to extremism and terrorism. The number is 60% higher than the profiles deleted in the first half of last year, according to its transparency report. In total, the social network giant removed 636,248 accounts for the same reason in the period from August...

Do these Things Immediately if You See a Crime Being Committed on Facebook Live

Do these Things Immediately if You See a Crime Being Committed on Facebook Live

As Live grows in popularity along with the potential for harmful uses of the tool, police say it is important for users to know what to do if you see a crime or other dangerous activity on Facebook Live. 1) Call 911: If someone is in danger or a crime is being committed, call the police immediately. 2) Look for descriptive details: Providing key details about what you see can help save law...

3 Steps to Take for Security of Your Social Media Account

3 Steps to Take for Security of Your Social Media Account

This week a very political & aggressive tweet was pinned to the McDonald’s Twitter page. Before it was deleted, it was spreading fast with nearly 1,000 retweets in an hour. McDonald’s quickly stated that their account was compromised. There are three possible scenarios here; 1) The account was compromised; 2) The tweet was a personal one sent by mistake from the wrong account by an authorized...

More Should be Done by Facebook and Twitter to Combat Fake News, Says GCHQ

More Should be Done by Facebook and Twitter to Combat Fake News, Says GCHQ

Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook should be doing more to combat the emerging threat of fake news, a director of the government’s new National Cyber Security Centre has said. Paul Chichester, the director for operations at the GCHQ-controlled body, said the companies must recognise their “social responsibility” and help tackle misinformation spread by state-backed groups....

The NSA's 'Twitter For Spies' Has More than 60,000 Users

The NSA's 'Twitter For Spies' Has More than 60,000 Users

Many probably don't know that there's a Twitter for spies, called eChirp. The service, which was originally pitched as a "microblogging application" provides "a fast, informal messaging system to enhance and promote information sharing and collaboration," and is widely used among American spies. It "enhances and promotes information-sharing," according to the US National Security Agency (NSA),...

New Threats: US Woman Sextorted by Hacker Who Hijacked Her Social Media Accounts

New Threats: US Woman Sextorted by Hacker Who Hijacked Her Social Media Accounts

A woman in the US, who goes by the username Zedevile, revealed on Reddit that she lost access to all of her online accounts and was locked out of her main email account after falling victim to a serious cybersecurity scam that specialises in targeting small groups of people or individuals. The hacker threatened to expose her details and post compromising photos of her on social media if she...

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BBC Warns Facebook About Child Porn Posts, Facebook Reports to Cops About BBC

BBC Warns Facebook About Child Porn Posts, Facebook Reports to Cops About BBC

Using Facebook’s “report button,” BBC journalists reported 100 images that should not be allowed on the platform according to Facebook’s guidelines that claim “nudity or other sexually suggestive content” is not permitted on the site. Of those, only 18 were initially removed. The other 82, Facebook said, did not violate “community standards.” Additionally, Facebook prohibits...

To Guard Against Fake Social Media Accounts, Army Seeks Help

To Guard Against Fake Social Media Accounts, Army Seeks Help

With the rise of social media a new way to find out information about a federal employee or military service member is easier than ever. This is why the Army is looking for help from a vendor to find, monitor and get rid of impostor social media accounts.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Martha Dorris, a former GSA executive and now founder of Dorris Consulting International. “If...

Keep yourself updated with the social media hacking and different threats to account security

Cyware provides expertly curated news on the threats emerging from social media. In the present times, social media has emerged as our alter-ego. While, it has made our life easy in many aspects, there are also various security challenges emanating out of social media. Our social media profiles are a treasure trove of data. Our social media accounts can be hacked to steal our personal pictures, videos and other data. Criminals can further use it to blackmail us and make a demand for ransom. Our personal data can also be used to conduct identity theft. Social media is also full of strangers that can have serious implications for our physical security. With the growing user base, the hackers are also finding it easier to spread malware through social media. In such circumstances, it becomes very important for each one of us to maintain security hygiene on social media and be aware of the latest social media threats.