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FBI infected 15-year-old bomb threat twit with malware, by impersonating newspaper

The Seattle Times is furious, after discovering that the FBI stole its identity… to catch a bomb hoaxer.

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

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Facebook to start charging $2.99/month? It’s nonsense!

Thousands of Facebook addicts are feverishly sharing a “news report” claiming that from November 1st you’ll be paying $2.99 every month to access the site.

Find out more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Charles Manson has NOT been granted parole. It’s an internet hoax

A news story has been shared widely across social networks, claiming that the notorious killer Charles Manson has been granted parole.

Be careful what you believe on the internet…

Bill Gates offers $5000 for a Facebook share? It’s an old joke and still not funny

Facebook users are spreading a message across the social network, claiming that Bill Gates will cough up $5000 if you share a photograph of him.

Obviously it’s nonsense – but approximately half a million Facebook users fell for the hoax.

Shovel Girl dead? No, it’s another hoax spreading on Facebook

A video of two girls fighting (and one of them getting clonked on the head with a shovel) has been spreading virally across social networks.

But did the young girl die? Facebook users would have you believe she did, but here’s the truth…

No, Apple Maps hasn’t uncovered the Loch Ness Monster

Sorry to disappoint millions of monster-hunters, but the picture that has been spread far and wide across the internet (and even into many newspapers) is *not* of the Loch Ness Monster.

Fake Malaysia Airlines MH370 advert shows you shouldn’t rush to believe on the internet

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has understandably perplexed the world.

But think and check your facts before sharing content online. You might not only be in danger of looking like you’ve been duped, but helping to compound someone’s heartache.

No, 7-year-old Eli Moreno wasn’t abducted after playing the Talking Angela app

A news story claims that a seven-year-old boy has been abducted after his mother installed the Talking Angela app on her iPhone.

But should you believe it? And, most importantly, should you forward the story to others?

No, the Talking Angela app wasn’t created by me

I was thinking that things were already bonkers enough with the “Talking Angela” app hoax that has spread widely across the internet.

And then I got the strangest phone call…

Talking Angela app scare spreads between English and French Facebook users

A warning spreads on Facebook about “Talking Angela”, a smartphone app that gives your children some animated cat chat.

But it’s all too simple for people to share warnings – rather than check if the facts are true.

‘Missing Amy Hamilton’ poster spread on Facebook and Twitter is a racist hoax

It has been revealed that a right-wing group is responsible for a sick hoax, claiming that a six-year-old girl has been kidnapped by an Asian grooming gang.

WhatsApp shutting down on 28th January? It’s a hoax

A hoax spreads on WhatsApp telling users to forward a warning to all of their friends, or risk having their account deactivated.

I guess you can tell that a social messaging service has become popular with the masses when the hoaxes and chain letters begin to spread in fury.

WhatsApp to start charging for every message you send? It’s a hoax

Users of WhatsApp, the immensely popular instant messaging app for smartphones, are being duped into spreading a hoax message to their friends and contacts – claiming that the service will begin to charge for every message sent.

Secret Bitcoin mining hoax risks wiping Mac users’ data

Everyone likes a laugh, but it’s not always quite so funny if you’re not in on the joke.

Take, for example, the Secret Bitcoin Mining hoax…

Giraffe virus hoax spreads on Facebook, as users fail to see the joke

Is your iPhone safe from pictures of giraffes?

The latest virus hoax spreading on Facebook says it’s not.

Death Age Facebook virus hoax spreads across social network

A new virus hoax is spreading on Facebook, shared by well-intentioned users who believe they are warning their friends and family about a threat – but, in reality, are just adding to the noise.