Category: Facebook Security

ReadingSocial Media doesn’t come with a rulebook so instead, mothers have come up with a manual that people in every age can use as a guide in navigating through social networking sites. According to the guide, in facebook, it is always commendable to observe politeness. Never start fights or join in with meaningless rants. And when you sign in to Twitter, one tip is to make friends and be sociable with others. One of the objectives of using twitter is to connect people, so being shy will do you no good. As for using Instagram, it is very important to filter your photos before deciding to post them to the world.

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Facebook256The recent discovery of a Photo deleting bug roaming around Facebook has made users as well as its programmers worried about the system. The bug, which reportedly has been deleting photos and albums from Facebook effortlessly, all the hacker needs to do is to type the album ID and you could consider the pictures gone.

Recognized and reported by Laxman Muthiyah, Facebook has fixed the bug in as little as tow hours within two hours of the filed report and has given $12,000 dollars to the reporter as a reward for helping Facebook secure content and users.

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FacebookAs part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign, Facebook’s security experts released an infographic with tips that deals with securing logins and managing roles as well as mobile devices. Facebook, being one of the biggest social media network, has become one of the main targets of cyber criminals, scammers, hackers and identity thieves. Facebook understands that a breach into their platform would be such a big thing since it contains mostly personal information.

That’s why the company is encouraging their users to have a closer look into the infographic they have posted recently. This campaign is believed to continue along with cyber security awareness campaign. For more information on this post, go to the source.

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FacebookFacebook said on Friday that it been the target of a series of attacks by an unidentified hacker group, but it had found no evidence that user data was compromised.

“Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack,” the company said in a blog post. “The attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised.”

The social network, which says it has more than one billion active users worldwide, added: “Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well.”

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The bug was exposed in a message posted to the Hacker News website. The message contained a search string that, when used on Google, returned a list of links to 1.32 million Facebook accounts.

In some cases clicking on a link logged in to that account without the need for a password. All the links exposed the email addresses of Facebook users.

The message posted to Hacker News used a search syntax that exposed a system used by Facebook that lets users quickly log back in to their account. Email alerts about status updates and notifications often contain a link that lets a user of the social network respond quickly by clicking it to log in in to their account.

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The US asked India to strike a balance between national security and Internet freedom. The US has said it stands ready to assist US social media companies in their “conversations” with New Delhi. “We are in constant contact with our various companies as they reach out to us, as they need us,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Thursday.

A report from New Delhi’s mentions a warning to Twitter to block some 20 accounts for allegedly spreading false reports.

When asked if potential action against Twitter would be inconsistent with freedom of expression, Nuland said: “Again, these companies are talking to the Indian government about application of Indian law within the context of internet freedom.”

“The general principle of respect for freedom of expression, respect for the unique characteristics of the online environment, needs to be respected even as they work through whether there are things these companies can do to help calm the environment,” she said.


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The company’s SophosLabs intercepted a “spammed-out email campaign” which was designed to spread malware.

The blog notes that the email address above misspells “Facebook” as “Faceboook.” The link takes the user to a malicious iFrame script, which exposes the user’s computer to malware. However, within four seconds, the user’s browser is directed to a presumably innocent Facebook page.

Sophos provided the following example:

Protect yourselves from malware.

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BitDefender said in a blog that a new scam is targeting Facebook and Gmail.

The fresh scam asks unwary users to “link” their credit card information with either Facebook or Google and transform these accounts into digital wallets.

A new variant of the notorious Zeus malware can manipulate the way the bank reports account balances so victims are unaware that money has been moved out of the account, Bitdefender added.

Whenever the users try to bring up Facebook or Gmail from infected PCs, they are presented with the genuine service login page, but, in the background, Zeus injects its code in the login form to also request credit card information.

The attack is totally convincing as the browser shows the URL of the real login service. It also offers a good explanation as to why the user is asked to enter credit card info:

Facebook users are told they can directly buy Facebook credits after they link the credit-card to the account, while Gmail users are told they can use Gmail as a “digital wallet” and pay by simply entering their e-mail address.

Source: SoftwareCasa

As the 2012 Summer Olympics in London gears up to become the most “social” games yet, hackers and cybercriminals are expected to pose a huge concern for users on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

“Social media will be a major vehicle for Olympics-related fraud this year,” Angel Grant, senior manager of anti-fraud solutions at security and risk-management company RSA, told Mashable.

“Thousands of people already follow the games via social channels, and fraudsters worldwide are eager to leverage the interest around the Olympics to launch cyber attacks with the goal of stealing personal information.”

To prevent social media accounts from being comprised, security firms are urging users to use caution when clicking on links that are allegedly sent from the site itself.

Source: Mashable