Twitter alarms users with messages that resembled phishing emails

Twitter sparked panic among users that they were the subjects of a phishing attack in what was instead an accidental mass email. The message sent to some Twitter users went out asking them to confirm their email addresses by clicking on a button.

TikTok no worse than Facebook for privacy, says Citizen Lab

TikTok is likely no more of a threat to users than Facebook, according to Citizen Lab that analyzed the video-sharing social networking app to probe for security, privacy, and censorship issues.

Facebook says took down 1.3 billion fake accounts in Oct-Dec 2020

Facebook Inc said on Monday it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December and that it had over 35,000 people working on tackling misinformation on its platform.

Twitter discloses networks of state-linked information operations

The networks Twitter disclosed relate to independent, state-affiliated information operations that it has attributed to Armenia, Russia, and a previously disclosed network from Iran.

Instagram Bans Hundreds of Accounts With Stolen User Names

Instagram is coordinating with other social media platforms, including Twitter and TikTok, to ban users who have been involved in stealing hundreds of single-word user names.

Nosy Ex-Partners Armed with Instagram Passwords Pose a Serious Threat

A new survey by Reboot Digital PR Agency found that an alarming number of people are still accessing their exes’ accounts without their knowledge — a handful for malicious reasons.

Facebook Closes Disinformation Accounts Linked to French Military

Facebook said Tuesday that it had removed two networks based in Russia and one linked to the French military, accusing them of carrying out interference campaigns in Africa.
November 11, 2020

Facebook link preview feature used as a proxy in website-scraping scheme

The technique consisted of using Facebook developer accounts to place calls to Facebook or Facebook Messenger API servers, requesting a link preview for pages a group wanted to scrape.

Facebook, Twitter dismantle global array of disinformation networks

The two companies said they had identified and suspended more than 3,500 accounts between them, which used fake identities and other deceptive behaviors to spread false or misleading information.
September 27, 2020

Pastebin adds 'Burn After Read' and 'Password Protected Pastes' to the dismay of the infosec community

Pastebin, the most popular website where users can share small snippets of text, has added two new features today that cyber-security researchers believe are going to be widely abused by hackers.

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