Smashing Security podcast #172: UncleF***Face

Carole details how companies are spying on their stay-at-home workers, Mikko Hyppönen discusses the trustworthiness of video chat apps, and Graham gets embarrassed when he admits he’s bought a Facebook Portal for his in-laws.

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

Has Houseparty really been hacked? $1 million reward offered to unearth who is behind widespread claims

In recent days warnings have spread rapidly across social networking sites that the Houseparty app – which makes it easy for anyone to drop in for a video chat with friends locked down during the Coronavirus pandemic – is unsafe.

But is there any evidence?

The Dance of the Pope virus hoax

Friends don’t share virus hoaxes with their friends. They spend five minutes checking their facts before sharing poppycock on social media.

Jail for bomb hoaxer who targeted Super Bowl, Houses of Parliament, and schools for Jewish children

Andreas Dowling used accounts and text-to-speech software to hide his identity as he caused 35,000 pupils to be evacuated from their schools.

A PSA for twits on Twitter

Twitter users have been warned not to fall for a prank that claimed their user interface would change colour if they told the service they were born in 2007, after a wave of users locked themselves out of their accounts for being underage.


Hacker arrested for wave of fake bomb and shooting threats against schools

FBI agents have arrested a 20-year-old man alleged to have been part of a hacking gang which not only launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but also launched a wave of chilling bomb and shooting threats against thousands of schools in the United States and United Kingdom.

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

Smashing Security podcast #108: Hoaxes, Huawei and chatbots – with Mikko Hyppönen

The curious case of George Duke-Cohan, Huawei’s CFO finds herself in hot water, and the crazy world of mobile phone mental health apps.

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 special guests Mikko Hyppönen from F-Secure and technology journalist Geoff White.

Three years in jail for teenager who spammed out school bomb threats

British teenager George Duke-Cohan has been jailed for three years for making hoax bomb threats that closed hundreds of schools up and down the UK.

Police arrest teens in connection with spammed out school bomb threats

Hundreds of British schools and colleges reported receiving bomb threats via email, and sent pupils home.

Jayden K Smith’s Facebook friendship request – not a hacker, it’s a hoax

Another hoax warning spreads quickly on Facebook. Will people ever learn?

Sonia disowns Rahul video virus? It’s a hoax

Earlier today my wife received a message warning of a virus that supposedly “formats your mobile” by accepting a video called “Sonia disowns Rahul”.

It’s amazing what some people believe…


Please stop spreading the Facebook privacy notice hoax

A widespread hoax is being circulated between Facebook users, in the mistaken belief that posting the message will will give them more control over their privacy.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Woman finds out via Facebook that her newborn baby’s photo has been stolen

“Detroit Woman Gives Birth to Her 14th Child from 14 Different Fathers” claimed satirical news website, as innocent woman is labeled ugly, fat and irresponsible.

David Bisson reports.

Peeple – a lesson in social media misuse?

Whether the controversial Peeple app is real or fake is up for debate.

But one thing is for sure – it might teach us an important lesson about social media.

Bob Covello explains.

Barmy WhatsApp hoax rears its head once again

Can you tell the difference between a bottle of Balsamic vinegar and the CEO of a globally popular messaging app?

If not, you’re just the kind of person who could fall for a WhatsApp hoax which continues to do the rounds.

Don’t bother posting this privacy notice to your Facebook account. It’s a hoax

A widespread hoax claims that posting a message to your Facebook account means that the site will be legally forbidden to use your postings or information without your permission.