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Good Twitter Samaritans accidentally prevent shoeshine scam

A few days ago, Indian news portals were buzzing with tales of a well-worn shoeshine scam making its way into social media. It’s a great example of how good-natured gestures can unwittingly aid scammers when we combine high-visibility accounts with potential lack of fact checking. Thankfully, it comes with a happy ending for a change. What happened? A Twitter user dragged this offline scam into … [Read more...]

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation shows Russian disinformation campaigns have global reach

A little background: on July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot from the sky on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur above the Ukraine. The plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile, and as a result, all 298 people on board were killed. At that time, there was a revolt of pro-Russian militants against the Ukrainian government. Both the Ukrainian military and the separatists … [Read more...]

Cooperating apps and automatic permissions are setting you up for failure

“Hey you. Someone from HR has invited you to a meeting on Thursday. Would you like me to add the appointment to the calendar?” Receiving an email notification when someone has invited you to a meeting is a feature that many professionals would not like to miss. Being able to log in at certain sites with your Facebook profile might be less indispensable, but nevertheless, it’s a heavily-used … [Read more...]

Labs report: Malicious AI is coming—is the security world ready?

Imagine a world in which artificial intelligence has gone rogue—the robots have revolted against their masters and have now enslaved all of humanity. There’s no more natural beauty in the world and everything is awful. Get that out of your system? Good. The reality of malicious AI, at least in the near future, is far less dystopian. However, it is a reality, and it’ll be here … [Read more...]

Why you should be concerned about employees using social media at work

There’s a time and a place for browsing social media, and for some of us that’s ‘all the time’ and ‘anywhere’. It doesn’t matter if you’re posting a quick Tweet, jumping to attention when you receive an IM or idly refreshing Facebook for updates; nothing can keep us in the real world for long.  And although employers have long since lost the battle to prevent staff glancing at their Facebook … [Read more...]

Governments increasingly eye social media meltdown

These are trying times for social networks, with endless reports of harassment and abuse not being tackled and many users leaving platforms forever. The major sites such as Facebook and Twitter do what they can, but sheer userbase volume and erroneous automated feedback leave people cold. Bugs such as potentially sharing location data when users enable it alongside other accounts on the same phone … [Read more...]

Ellen DeGeneres giveaway scam spreading on social media

Scammers are pushing multiple fake Facebook profiles of Ellen DeGeneres, popular US TV show host and producer, with the goal of tricking people into jumping through a few money-making hoops. This isn’t a sophisticated scam. It isn’t hacking the Gibson. It won’t be the focus of a cutting edge infosec talk. However, it’s certainly doing some damage—up to a point. This scam is a victim of its … [Read more...]

A week in security (April 1 – 7)

Last week, Malwarebytes Labs took readers on a brief tour of some of the world’s most notable data privacy laws, explored how gamers can protect themselves against cyberthreats, and offered thoughts about the reports that a 23-year-old Chinese woman gained access to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort while carrying four cellphones, a hard drive, a laptop, and a thumb drive that was … [Read more...]

Labs survey finds privacy concerns, distrust of social media rampant with all age groups

Before Cambridge Analytica made Facebook an unwilling accomplice to a scandal by appropriating and misusing more than 50 million users’ data, the public was already living in relative unease over the privacy of their information online. The Cambridge Analytica incident, along with other, seemingly day-to-day headlines about data breaches pouring private information into criminal hands, has eroded … [Read more...]

Should you delete yourself from social media?

You’re feeling like you’ve had enough. All the recent news—from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica snafu to various abuses of Twitter vulnerabilities—has you wondering: Should I delete myself from social media? Social networking does have its positive aspects. You can stay in touch with distant (or not) relatives, be included in the planning of social events within your circle of … [Read more...]