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Smashing Security #113: FaceTime, Facebook, faceplant

FaceTime bug allows callers to see and hear you *before* you answer the phone, Facebook’s Nick Clegg tries to convince us the social network is changing its ways, and IoT hacking is big in Japan.

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 John Hawes from AMTSO.


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Exposed! Facebook pays teenagers to install app that harvests personal data

Since 2016 Facebook has been paying users aged 13-35 up to $20 per month to install an app which has almost unlimited limitless access to their smartphones and most sensitive data.


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Smashing Security #112: Payroll scams, gold coin heists, web giants spanked

Business email compromise evolves to target your company’s payroll, how the world’s largest gold coin was stolen from a Berlin museum, and are internet giants feeling the heat yet over data security?

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 people hacker Jenny Radcliffe.


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Smashing Security #110: What? You can get paid to leave Facebook?

Twitter and the not-so-ethical hacking of celebrity accounts, study discovers how you can pay someone to quit Facebook for a year, and the millions of dollars you can make from uncovering software vulnerabilities.

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 Maria Varmazis.


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Being paid to quit Facebook

Research claims Facebook users are prepared to give up the social network for a year… if paid over $1000.


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Facebook waited months before admitting privacy bug exposed millions of users’ unposted photos

At the end of last week Facebook revealed that an API bug had given developers of third-party apps access to the photos of millions of users.

But Facebook didn’t find out about the problem last week. It found out about it in September.


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Smashing Security #105: Facebook, Nietzsche, Tesla, and Nicole

Tesla takes customer service a step too far, is it a romantic gesture or stalking when you email 246 women called Nicole, and Carole finds herself in a Facebook dilemma.

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 Jessica Barker.


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On eve of US elections, Facebook blocked 115 accounts engaged in ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

Just hours before the US mid-term elections opened, Facebook responded to a tip from law enforcement agencies and shut down 115 accounts that were behaving suspiciously, and potentially linked to a foreign entity.


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Smashing Security #101: Rule 34, Twitter scams, and Facebook fails

A Facebook friend request leads to arrest, Twitter scams ride again via promoted ads, and adult websites expose their members. Oh, and Graham finds out what Rule 34 is.

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 Maria Varmazis.


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If Facebook buys a security company, how will it retain the staff who absolutely hate Facebook?

According to reports, Facebook is planning to acquire a cybersecurity firm. But what will the security boffins think of working for Mark Zuckerberg of all people?


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Facebook Portal isn’t designed to be as private as you might hope

Facebook has confirmed that its new Portal AI-powered video camera will collect data from you that could be used to target ads.


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Naked celebrity photo hacker used to be a high school teacher

A former high school teacher is to plead guilty to hacking into the online accounts of celebrities and stealing naked photographs and other private information.


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Smashing Security #098: A Facebook omnishambles

Millions of Facebook user accounts put at risk after hack! The UK Conservative party’s conference app causes a privacy omnishambles! And Facebook (again) has been doing something naughty with the phone numbers you give it for security reasons! Oh, and Maria gets very excited about something to do with Star Trek.

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 Maria Varmazis.


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Two reasons to reconsider your Facebook membership

It’s been a bad week for Facebook and its two billion-plus users.

Not only was it revealed that millions of users had their accounts exposed by a vulnerability, but the site has been up to dirty tricks with mobile phone numbers you gave them to supposedly enhance your security.


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Zuckerberg’s Facebook page? I’ll livestream its deletion, says hacker

A Taiwanese bug hunter says that he will livestream his attempt to delete Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page this weekend.

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


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Instagram finally supports third-party authentication apps for greater account security

Instagram has entered the 21st century, and finally added support for third-party 2FA apps like Google Authenticator, Duo Mobile, and Authy.

Please turn it on.


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