Terrible idea: Facebook asks some new users for passwords to emails for verification

Facebook could be practicing the worst ever user-verification methods that could jeorpadize the security of its users. Generally, social media or any other online service asks users to confirm a secret code or a unique URL sent to the email address they provided for the account registration. However, Facebook has been found asking some newly-registered …

Facebook acknowledges in was privy to Cambridge Analytica concerns before Guardian dossier

Facebook employees were aware of concerns about“improper data-gathering practices” by Cambridge Analytica months before the Guardian first reported, in December 2015, that the political consultancy had obtained data on millions from an academic. The concerns appeared in a court filing by the attorney general for Washington DC and were subsequently confirmed by Facebook. The new …

Facebook suffers severe outage, WhatsApp & Instagram reportedly affected too

Facebook appears to be recovering from a more than 14-hour disruption to all of its products that left them mostly inaccessible across the world. On Wednesday, people around the world found out when all three services experienced interruptions throughout the day. The company’s main social network, its two messaging apps and image-sharing site Instagram were …

WinPot Malware could force infected ATMs to automatically dispense cash

Kaspersky Labs cybersecurity researchers have found an oddly amusing sample of ATM malware which turns financial theft into a slot machine-style game. On Tuesdaythe team explored the emergence of WinPot, an ATM hijacking malware family which first appeared in underground forums in March 2018. While simple in its core functionality, WinPot — named internally by …

How dating sites spy on you

Data: Ghostery; Note: Pre-registration includes homepage and registration pages. Post-registration includes onboarding and profile/search pages. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios Handing over your personal data is now often the cost of romance, as online dating services and apps vacuum up information about their users’ lifestyle and preferences. Why it matters: Dating app users provide sensitive …

Defunct sold social media ‘likes’ and ‘followers seller Devumi settles with US Authorities.

Devumi, a company that sold social media ‘likes’ and ‘followers,’ settled its legal case with the New York’s Attorney General Office in the first-ever criminal investigation of its kind. The company, Devumi LLC, operated the now-defunct devumi.com website, where it sold likes and views on YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud, endorsements on LinkedIn, pins on Pinterest, …

Remember ONAVO VPN? Facebook secretly pays teens to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that spies on them

According to a TechCrunch Report, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards …

Facetime glitch Lets iPhone Users Eavesdrop, Apple disables group call feature

Apple has annnounced a patch to fix an embarrasing facetime snafu after news site 9to5Mac reported on a strange glitch in the company’s iPhones. The issue: It turns out that an iPhone user can call another iPhone user and listen in on that person’s conversations through the device’s microphone. Apple appears to have disabled the …

Unsealed docs that Facebook fought to keep secret reveal how Zuckerberg targeted competitor Vine

Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues were apparently concerned enough about Vine, a video app from Twitter, that on the day it launched in January 2013, they moved to restrict its access to Facebook user data, a trove of internal Facebook emails released by the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday shows. The decision to restrict Vine’s access …