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.

Facebook Takes Down More Beijing-Backed Fake Accounts

Facebook describes influence operations like this as “coordinated inauthentic behavior” (CIB), as those behind them use fake profiles to “mislead people about who they are and what they are doing.”
September 25, 2020

Twitter prepares for US election with new security training, penetration tests

Twitter said it's been working to bolster its internal security by requiring staff to go through additional security training, engaging in penetration tests, and deploying hardware security keys.

Facebook suspends fake Russian accounts, warns of U.S. election hack-and-leak threat

Facebook said it has dismantled three networks of fake accounts that could be used by Russia's intelligence services to leak hacked documents as part of efforts to disrupt the upcoming U.S. election.

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