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Ad-Free Facebook Challenger Ello Down in DDoS Attack

Facebook challenger Ello was knocked out in a DDoS attack over the weekend, but got back up again after 30 minutes, according to The Register. The new ad-free social network, designed as an alternative to Facebook, started to investigate the attack but hadn’t issued a release by the time of publication. We are undergoing a potential denial of service attack,” the message shown on the DDoS-ed website read. “...

Facebook’s privacy dinosaur will check your settings for you

Facebook has announced that it has started rolling out a new feature which will help you "review and control who you're sharing with" on the world's biggest social network. With a little help from a blue dinosaur cartoon character, the "Privacy Checkup" will allow you quickly review your privacy settings, and see if you're comfortable with how your account is configured. Unless you're a privacy ninja who fe...

New Viral Video Scam on Facebook: ‘Girl Killed by Husband for Kissing Another Man’

A new viral video scam has lured thousands of Facebook users with a fake tape of a girl killed by her husband because she kissed another man, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider revealed the scam continues to claim victims among curious social networkers, and drops adware or malicious code on targeted computers. More than 4,000 people apparently liked and shared the video, but the numb...

Facebook Launches Free Internet App in Zambia

Facebook will launch its first Android and web application offering people free access to a basic set of Internet services, according to an announcement  posted by Mark Zuckerberg. The Internet.org app will first be available to Airtel subscribers in Zambia, one of the countries with the lowest cellular coverage in the world. “Right now, only 15% of people in Zambia have access to the internet,” says Mark Z...

Facebook Photo Syncing Raises Privacy Concerns

New privacy questions spark after a Facebook user claimed his phone pictures have been publicly shared on their Timeline without their consent, according to GlobalNews.ca. “Personal photos that I have decided not to share were uploaded without my permission,” said Adam Carroll, from Winnipeg, Canada. “I thought it was strange that I wasn’t asked if they were allowed to do that.” The photo syncing feature, i...

Forgotten Facebook API Allowed Cyber-Criminals to Spy on Users

A flaw in the Facebook REST API could have allowed cyber-criminals to spy on other users based on their user ID, according to security researcher, Stephen Sclafani's blog post. The flaw itself was basedo the misconfiguration of an endpoint (server) that allowed REST API calls to a user's profile ID. "Through REST API calls it was possible to view a user’s private messages, view their private notes and draft...

Beware! Sad video of woman dying during a fight is really a Facebook scam

Scammers are once again attempting to make an easy buck by tricking Facebook users into sharing gruesome videos that link to money-making surveys. It's far from a new trick and there have been many examples of survey scams spreading on Facebook in the past, but that doesn't stop it from being a remarkably effective way for fraudsters to earn affiliate cash. Here's how the latest Facebook scam appears, and h...

It’s Not Funny: Facebook Users Tricked into Bitcoin Mining

Hundreds of Facebook users got infected with a new Trojan secretly using their systems to mine for Bitcoins, the virtual currency that spread a global money-making fever, Bitdefender warns. Since spotted last week, the malware has seen infections in countries such as Portugal, Belgium, India, Romania and Serbia. The virus spreads through private Facebook messages, received from one of the victim’s trusted F...

Hackers Claim to Leak 1.2 Million Origin Accounts and Passwords; Electronic Arts Finds No Evidence

More than 1.2 million account credentials from Origin, the popular Electronic Arts game-platform, have been leaked online, according to an announcement made by the hackers. The Origin client is the exclusive game-selling platform from all EA games. Photo credit: Origin The leak contained 1.218.229 emails and plain text password of Origin users. "Origin has been breached by #UGLegion," the hackers said. "-37...

The NSA Gathers Millions of Web Images, New Leaks Reveal

The US National Security Agency is intercepting a massive volume of images to be used in facial recognition programs, according to the New York Times. Newly released documents from former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden show that the agency has explored millions of images from people’s emails, text messages, videoconferences and other communication channels to identify targets and terrorist suspects. Ac...

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