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Beware: not so festive social media scams

We’re now into the most crucial stage of Christmas festivities, where money and gifts are on the march…and social media is a conduit for both good and bad tidings. This is the absolute best time for social media scammers to make their move. A little confidence trick here, the promise of good cheer there, and someone is going to be out of pocket. Here’s a roundup of some of the most … [Read more...]

How social media platforms mine personal data for profit

It’s almost impossible not to rely on social networks in some way, whether for personal reasons or business. Sites such as LinkedIn continue to blur the line, increasing the amount of social function over time with features and services resembling less formal sites, such as Facebook. Can anyone imagine not relying on, of all things, Twitter to catch up on breaking coronavirus news around the world … [Read more...]

SMBs lack resources to defend against cyberattacks, plus pay more in the aftermath

Cyberattacks, many have noted, are the fastest growing economic crime not only in the United States, but also around the world. This upward trend has been observed since 2014, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and won’t likely be slowing down anytime soon. Cyberattacks—much like the advancement of technology, the interweaving of digital lives among familiars and strangers via social … [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...]

Millions of accounts affected in latest Facebook hack

Facebook announced earlier today that its social network had been hacked, resulting in 40 million accounts that were directly impacted, while another 50 million were also considered to be potentially affected. Attackers exploited a feature in Facebook called “View As,” which essentially shows how your profile looks to others. The flaw enabled them to get ahold of so-called Access Tokens, which … [Read more...]

Perspectives on Russian hacking

Russia is an endlessly fascinating subject both in and around infosec. Recent years have shifted attention away from pure malware capabilities, to psyops, social engineering, and an endless slew of mind games designed to destabilize and keep nations ever-so-slightly off balance. Security firms in some countries claim Russia would “win” in a so-called cyber war; elsewhere, whole nations … [Read more...]