Victims of a massive 2018 Facebook data breach can continue a class-action lawsuit to try and force the social network to maintain "reasonable" information security practices, a federal judge has ruled. But he dismissed the plaintiff's attempt to receive monetary compensation for the breach.
Twitter users no longer have to supply a phone number in order to use two-step verification for authentication. The move will better protect accounts from SIM hijacking attempts and also means users don't have to sacrifice some of their privacy to enable a security feature.
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has sent letters to the State Department and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey raising concerns about the insider breach at the social media platform and the role that Saudi Arabia is playing in manipulating American tech firms to crack down on dissidents.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an in-depth analysis of whether Instagram is doing enough to protect the contact information of minors. Plus: Compliance updates on GDPR and PCI DSS.
In June, I wrote an in-depth story about how millions of Instagram users worldwide under 18 years old were exposing their email addresses, phone numbers or both. Instagram has finally made a change to address the issue - but it doesn't go far enough.
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged three men with perpetrating a campaign to infiltrate Twitter and spy on critics of the Saudi government. Two of the suspects formerly worked for Twitter, allegedly feeding details to Saudi handlers that could be used to identify and locate critics of the Saudi regime.
Senior government officials in at least 20 countries, including the U.S. and India, were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook's WhatsApp to take over users' phones, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the messaging company's investigation.
Facebook has removed four networks - three from Iran and one from Russia - after its investigation revealed they were spreading misinformation regarding politics and news related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The action is part of a larger effort by the social media firm to clamp down on abuse.
The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and six employees of a notorious propaganda agency, who have all been accused of using social media to try and influence the 2018 midterm elections. The U.S. government hopes the sanctions will deter further attempts.
A threat group has been targeting U.S. veterans through a spoofed website promising help for those looking for jobs, according to research from Cisco Talos. Instead of providing job links, however, the phony website installs malware and spyware on a victim's device.
Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of its ongoing investigation into data misuse that grew out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company won't disclose the affected apps, but an unsealed court filing says it has suspended 69,000.
Facebook announced this week that it has removed hundreds of fake accounts and pages. The majority of these originated in Ukraine or Iraq and used phony user identifications to spread misinformation in an attempt to influence local politics, the company says.
Facebook has confirmed that unprotected databases containing more than 419 million users' phone numbers contained data scraped from the social network. TechCrunch, which first reported on the development, says many of the exposed phone numbers can be tied to Facebook IDs and remain accurate.
Following racist and anti-Semitic tweets being posted for a short time to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's hijacked account - despite his use of two-factor authentication - Twitter blamed the security lapse on an unnamed mobile provider. A group called "Chuckling Squad" appears to be responsible.
The long-delayed data protection bill is on track to be finalized in time to be voted on by India's parliament in its winter session, says one official on the committee that's been drafting the measure.