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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.


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Smashing Security #135: Zombie grannies and unintended leaks

We take a bloodied baseball bat to Android malware, and debate the merits of a social media strike, as one of the team bites the bullet and buys a smart lock for the office.

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 Oli Skertchly.


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Facebook lawyer argues you should have ‘no expectation of privacy’

Next time someone connected to Facebook tries to convince you that it’s now really serious about privacy you know they’re pulling your leg.


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Smashing Security #130: Doctored videos, Bcc blunders, and a diva

You won’t believe who had to report themselves to the data protection agency for a breach, or who has been sharing doctored videos of political rivals, or how much money you can make selling a laptop infected with malware… and how Carole gets her diva on.

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.


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tripwire.com

Data on millions of Instagram accounts spills onto the internet

A security researcher has discovered a publicly-accessible database containing the details of millions of Instagram users, including their contact information.

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


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Urgent! Update WhatsApp NOW to add new sticker support

Yes, you should update WhatsApp.

But not for the reasons they’re telling you.


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Facebook sponsored posts selling access to hacked PayPal accounts

Have you ever been curious just how much vetting Facebook does before it accepts cash for an ad or a sponsored post?

Judging by what’s popping up in some users’ newsfeeds, the answer is not that much.


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Smashing Security #126: Zombie chickens and fast-food victims

What’s the worst that can happen if you join a Hollywood hard man’s Facebook page? What drove a man to hijack a website’s name at gunpoint? And can you solve the mystery of the Canadian Hamburglar?

Find out in the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault, and special guest Mark Stockley from Naked Security.


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Scammer posed as actor Jason Statham to steal from fan

A British fan of actor Jason Statham was fooled into thinking she had formed an online relationship with the Hollywood hard man, after joining a Facebook fan page for the “Fast and Furious” star… and ended up losing hundreds of thousands of pounds.


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So, how’s Facebook going to screw us next?

Facebook may have to pay up to US $5 billion due to an FTC inquiry into the social network’s privacy practices. But you can bet your bottom dollar we haven’t seen the last of the social network’s dodgy dealings.


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Facebook hoovered up 1.5 million users’ email contacts without permission… “unintentionally”

Just another day at Facebook.

Yes, they stole 1.5 million people’s address books without asking permission, but hey they say it was “unintentional” so….


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Facebook’s role in Brexit – and the threat to democracy

British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr gave a passionate speech at the TED conference in Vancouver this week. You should watch it.


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540 million Facebook records left exposed due to sloppy third-party developer security

Security researchers have discovered a huge amount of data containing information about tens of thousands of Facebook users, left available for anyone to access – no password required.

The culprits? Third-party developers.


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Some 2000 Facebook staff had access to millions of Facebook users’ passwords… stored in plaintext

Stretching back as far as 2012, Facebook has been storing the passwords of hundreds of millions of users unencrypted, in plaintext.

And those passwords were searchable by Facebook staff…


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tripwire.com

Google and Facebook scammed out of $123 million by man posing as hardware vendor

Even the most tech savvy companies in the world can fall for business email compromise.

A Lithuanian man has this week pleaded guilty to tricking Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into a bank account under his control after posing as a company that provided the internet giants with hardware for their data centers.

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


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bitdefender.com

Facebook sues quiz app developers who allegedly stole users’ private data through browser plugins

Facebook is taking a stand against a pair of Ukrainian app developers who it claims scraped personal information from users’ profiles.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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