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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?


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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.


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How a GIF could let a hacker view your WhatsApp messages

A flaw in WhatsApp could have allowed hackers to snoop upon your chat history just by tricking you into opening a boobytrapped GIF image.

If you’re going to run WhatsApp, make sure that it’s properly updated.


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Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found lying around on the internet

A security researcher found a server on the internet containing more than 419 million records related to Facebook users.

No password protection was in place – meaning the treasure trove of phone numbers was available to literally anybody with an internet connection.

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


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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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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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