Social networks

Want your photo removed from our facial recognition database? Just send us your photo and government-issued ID…

Controversial firm Clearview AI which stole your photographs from social media sites to feed their facial recognition database expects you to send them your photos and a scan of your ID if you want to have your data removed.

Uhh, yeah. Right.

UFC champ Kamaru Usman says his Twitter account was hacked, after series of explicit tweets against Conor McGregor

UFC’s Kamaru Usman claims his Twitter account was hacked, after it posted explicit messages about rival fighter Conor McGregor and his partner Dee Devlin.

“Hello dear slave”

An Egyptian scammer has a unique style when it comes to chatting up his victims.

Smashing Security #159: Rap, robbery, and IoT holiday hell

A rapping bank worker is accused of stealing from the vault, the devices that can hide your car’s true mileage, and why it may be a case of “No No No” rather than “Ho Ho Ho” when it comes to IoT toys this Christmas.

And as Carole sups the mulled wine, Graham has problems with his internet connection…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.

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Facebook and Twitter warn some users’ private data was accessed via third-party app SDK

Facebook and Twitter have announced that personal data related to hundreds of users may have been improperly accessed after users logged into third-party Android apps with their social media accounts.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Twitter finally upgrades its 2FA security feature. Mobile number no longer required!

Hundreds of millions of Twitter users now have an improved way to better safeguard their accounts from being compromised.

Twitter warns verified users against attempts to mislead public after Conservative factcheckUK stunt

The Conservative Party press office posed as an independent fact-checking service on Twitter, abusing its verified status in an attempt to fool British voters.

I find it hard to see it any other way…

Bad boy of Brexit Arron Banks hacked, private Twitter messages leaked

British businessman Arron Banks, one of the self-styled “Bad Boys of Brexit” and a leading figure of the Leave.EU campaign, has had his Twitter account hacked.

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Men who were paid $100,000 by Uber to hush-up hack plead guilty to extortion scheme

Two hackers face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to their involvement in a scheme which saw them attempt to extort money from Uber and LinkedIn in exchange for the deletion of stolen data.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

How Facebook helps an abusive ex-partner find out your new identity, even after you’ve blocked them

Imagine you’re in an abusive relationship, and things have turned violent.

You leave him, block his Facebook account, and update the name on your profile to hide your identity.

Would you expect your ex-partner to be able to see what your new name is?

Smashing Security #150: Liverpool WAGs, Facebook politics, and a selfie stalker

Footballers’ wives go to war over Instagram leaks, it turns out fake news is fine on Facebook (just so long as it’s in a political ad), and things take a horrific turn in Japan, as a stalker uses a scary technique to find out where his pop idol lives.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Dave Bittner.

Stalker zoomed in on Japanese idol’s eyes to find out where she lived

An obsessed fan assaulted J-Pop star Ena Matsuoka after determining where she lived by zooming in on selfies she had posted on social media, and examining the reflection in her eyes.

Smashing Security #144: Google helps the FBI, Twitter Jack’s hijack, and car data woes

Should Google really be helping the FBI with a bank robbery? What’s the story behind the Twitter CEO claiming there’s a bomb in their offices? And how much does your car really know about you?

And we mourn the loss of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks…

Twitter disables tweeting via SMS (temporarily at least), in wake of Jack Dorsey account hijack

In the wake of the CEO of Twitter having his account hijacked the site has disabled the option to tweet via SMS.

About the Twitter CEO ‘@jack hack’

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had his account hijacked, after his mobile phone provider allowed someone else to seize his number.

Smashing Security #142: Mercedes secret sensors, smart cities, and ransomware runs riot

Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider joins us to discuss how cities in Texas are being hit by a wave of ransomware, how Mercedes Benz has installed a tracker in your car (but not for the reason you think), the security threats impacting smart cities, and a new feature coming to your Facebook app.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast, hosted by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.