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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.

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

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