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The London Scam and the Londonderry Air

My colleagues at ESET Ireland, report that an all-too-familiar scam is currently hitting Irish mailboxes. I’ve talked about it at some length here previously – for instance here and here – but here’s a quick summary. Someone, apparently someone you know (a friend or a family member) contacts you to tell you that they’ve been

Know who your Friends are: Staying safe on social sites

Making a mistake on Facebook or other social sites can cost a great deal – either in terms of accidental “oversharing”, or allowing a cybercriminal access to your computer.

Facebook privacy row as hacker uses Graph Search to list thousands of phone numbers

A hacker has used Facebook’s Graph Search to find and list telephone numbers for thousands of Facebook users without their knowledge.

Facebook security breach exposed personal data for six million users

Facebook has admitted to a security breach which exposed details such as emails and phone numbers for six million site users.

New “Trusted Contacts” feature will let hacked Facebook users back in

The new feature allows users to log in even if they have also lost access to their email account and cannot initiate a password reset.

A Load of (Red) Bull

A hoax/chain message claiming that a well-known energy drink poses a serious threat to health, is now spreading on Facebook.

Facebook timeline privacy/security: protect your account and identity (2/2)

In our last post (part 1 of 2), we dove into Facebook timeline privacy and security, prompted by the universal imposition of the timeline view that is currently under way on the world’s largest social network. In this second part, we continue reviewing our Facebook timeline from other people’s perspective, using a tool called View

Facebook timeline security & privacy: steps to keep your account & identity safe

Now that Facebook’s timeline feature is in the final stages of being rolled out to all users (including, finally, to my account), it is important that everyone understands how to use the feature and, most importantly, how to secure your identity and privacy in its new context. Timeline is quite a simple feature, introduced by

Photo tagged on Facebook = getting tagged at physical stores now too?

A new tech startup that produces facial recognition camera systems tied to Facebook tagged photos, plans to offer the technology to more traditional physical stores so they could offer you appropriate deals as you enter their business. That’s great for stores who want to have more targeted information about you, based on a bit of

All Carberp botnet organizers arrested

Carberp is a unique case, with all the guys who organized really big botnets and made big profits (millions of US dollars) being arrested.

Facebook policy changes – does the ‘crowd’ really have a seat at the table?

You may have heard that the organization known as europe-v-facebook found that a little-know provision in Facebook’s privacy and user rights policies allowed a vote on proposed changes to be forced if over 7,000 respondents were interested and submitted comments to that effect. When europe-v-facebook publicized this, users swarmed to show support and get their

Your Facebook account will be terminated – again

If the scary email or app notification–and subsequent webpage–is to be believed, you have only a few days to verify your Facebook account or you’ll be out of luck. But don’t worry, a few days later you will magically get a few more days to verify, and so the scam goes. A Twitter follower with

Millions have not reviewed Facebook privacy settings: Here’s how

Here are two staggering Facebook privacy statistics: Nearly 13 million US Facebook users have never set, or don’t know about, Facebook’s privacy tools, and only 37 percent have used Facebook’s privacy tools to customize how much information is shared with third parties. That’s according to a Consumer Reports survey released earlier this month. Given that

Facebook Memes: not always innocuous

A short comment piece on how Facebook memetic games could be used in a data aggregation attack.

Facebook logins toxic for employers, violate security and privacy principles

Attention CEOs and HR Managers: Facebook login credentials belonging to current or prospective employees are not something that any employer should request, use, or posses. Why? Apart from the violation of security and privacy principles? The risks far outweigh any benefit you imagine you could gain by logging into a social media account that does

Modern viral propagation: Facebook, shocking videos, browser plugins

Fraudsters continue to innovate their scam propagation methods. Again using Facebook and a pretense of a shocking video, they also utilize browser plugins to execute malicious scripts. We also see how the malware scene is intertwined, when the user is directed to a dubious Potentially Unwanted Application. Facebook auto-like scams have been commonplace on the

Security awareness, security breaches, and the abuse of "stupid"

Computer security is not created, nor is it improved, by calling people stupid. That's the conclusion I have arrived at after more than two decades in computer security and auditing. To put it another way, we should stop dropping the "S" bomb, especially when it comes to people who don't know any better. Consider the

Facebook/app data privacy – sharing gone wild

So you browse your favorite restaurant review site and settle on a great Mediterranean restaurant, and “magically” a variety of preferences get fed back to your Facebook profile, to be shared, re-shared and re-shared, ricocheting around the internet to form purportedly value-added experiences elsewhere you visit. That’s great news if you want your preferences bounced

Valentine's Day Scams: For the love of money

Scam artists and cybercriminals are looking to turn romance into profit now that Valentine's Day approaches, possibly taking over your computer in the process. According to ESET researchers in Latin America, we can expect the quest for love to be leveraged as an effective social engineering ploy to enable the bad guys to infect unsuspecting

How to improve Facebook account protection with Login Approvals

Privacy and security issues have generated a lot of criticism of Facebook in the past, some of which has been published here on the ESET Threat Blog. So it is only fair that we give Facebook credit for positive steps it has taken on the security front. One security measure that has impressed me recently

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