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Fake Facebook app attack can lead to your Android being spied upon, and your bank account being hacked

Hackers are using a notorious banking Trojan horse to display a bogus message from Facebook, in an aggressive attempt to infect Android smartphones.

Two-thirds of parents spy “regularly” on children’s social media accounts

Two-thirds of the respondents to the survey admitted to using various methods to check on children “without their knowledge” – and one-fifth had found “incriminating” posts which they confronted children about.

Sniffing earwax could offer icky new frontier in biometrics

For most of us, earwax is a bodily product we prefer not to think about, but a team of scientists have discovered that the substance reveals a huge amount about its creator – and could even be used to identify people.

Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching is nearly as good as human brains

Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching software can now ‘recognize’ human faces with an accuracy just a fraction of a percentage point behind human beings – a huge leap forward in the technology, with some potentially alarming implications for privacy.

Whatsapp security fears over rogue apps ‘reading’ user chats

Hit messaging app Whatsapp may not be as secure as its 450 million users believe – after an independent security consultant revealed a loophole which rogue app developers could use to steal Android users’ entire Whatsapp history.

Five ‘new friends’ to avoid like the plague on social networks

Befriending the wrong person on Facebook can hand a criminal the tools for an identity theft attack – and on LinkedIn, talking to the wrong ‘recruiter’ can lead to disaster.

Facebook and Whatsapp: Security and privacy after the $19B deal

The acquisition of chat service Whatsapp for $19 billion has been the technology story of the week – but serious privacy and security questions remain over Facebook’s new messaging service.

Two-thirds of couples ‘share passwords to online accounts’, Pew research finds

Couples who have been in a long-term relationship indulge in risky online behaviour, such as sharing passwords for online accounts, with two-thirds of married couples sharing at least one password, a new study by Pew Internet has found.

Facebook’s ‘A Look Back’ video used as bait for malware, report claims

A fake version of Facebook’s 10th anniversary celebration video page, ‘A Look Back’ is spreading via the social network, with users directed instead to another website, where they are prompted to download files.

Facebook pays record sum to hacker who exposed login bug

Facebook has given out a record fee for bug discovery, after a Brazilian security researcher exposed a vulnerability that could have been used to deliver malware to millions of Facebook users.

Giant snake swallows zookeeper! Facebook scam spreads via offer of gruesome video

A video purportedly showing a gigantic snake swallowing a zookeeper is the latest viral scam on Facebook – tricking thousands of users into sharing a video which instead takes victims outside Facebook to a scam site.

Facebook helps out users who used same password on Adobe – by blocking them

Facebook users who used the same email and password on their Adobe and Facebook accounts have been offered a helping hand by Facebook in the wake of the recent massive breach at Adobe, which leaked account data for 38 million users.

Facebook fixes bug that allowed anyone to delete ANY photo

A bug which allowed any Facebook user to delete photos from any other user’s page without their knowledge has earned its discoverer $12,500 under Facebook’s “bug bounty” program – more than 10 times the average payout.

Facebook spam “earning criminals $200m a year”, researchers claim

Two independent Italian security researchers have investigated the business behind Facebook spam – and estimate that the trade is worth around $200m a year.

Facebook considers using facial recognition on all profile pictures

Facebook has revealed that it may use facial recognition software to identify people from their profile pictures. The new “feature” was revealed in a change to Facebook’s data use policy, sent out via email to users this week.

More than 800,000 Facebook users fall victim to password-harvesting browser malware, researcher claims

Malware disguised as a Facebook video has infected up to 800,000 users machines, according to independent Italian security researchers. The malware hijacks Facebook accounts and web browsers using a fake browser plug-in for Google’s Chrome.

Dislike! No bounty for posting Facebook bug alert to Mark Zuckerberg’s wall

A security researcher demonstrated an exploit to Facebook by using the bug to post directly to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall. Facebook responded by issuing a statement saying he would not be paid.

“Constant attack from malicious apps”: Facebook purge goes wrong

An outage which affected Facebook apps and developer accounts this week was caused by over-zealous attempts to disable malicious apps, the social network has admitted.

Justin Bieber’s AMAZING diet: Five social posts you should never click

Most of us have faced cyber attacks sent by our best friends – Facebook “offers” they’ve clicked by accident, spamming everyone on their friends list, or Twitter stories they’ve shared without checking.

Facebook Graph Search: How to keep your data private

Facebook’s Graph Search is quietly rolling out to U.S. users this week – a powerful new tool which can reveal information people might have forgotten they ever “shared”. Our tips will help keep private information safe.

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