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Why is Facebook Blocking Apps from Reading News Feeds?

Facebook is working on its app development policy to exclude apps that access users’ News Feeds for a “living.” The company announced its new login features a year ago and, for apps and developers, time is almost up. Apps calling Facebook’s Graph API v1.0 have until April 30, 2015 to upgrade to newer versions and comply with the new login standards if they want to remain functional. This includes apps that...

Facebook Clarifies Community Standards Regarding Terrorism, Nudity, Sex and Violence

Facebook has updated its Community Standards page to provide further explanations on the type of content not permitted on the social network. The company often removes content that has been reported for one reason or another. But what's acceptable, and what's not? Since the audience is made up of a diverse global community, maintaining a set of standards to fit all needs is challenging. So, Facebook detaile...

How billions of Facebook photos could have been deleted in an instant, due to software vulnerability

Hundreds of millions of photographs are uploaded to Facebook every day - can you imagine if many of them were deleted in the blink of an eye? We have security researcher Laxman Muthiyah to thank for not abusing his ability to delete billions of images, when he stumbled across a serious vulnerability in Facebook's Graph API last week. The Graph API is the primary way that Facebook apps access and post inform...

Facebook Tag Scam Spreads like Wildfire, New Tactics Emerge

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the re-emergence of tag scams on Facebook. What seemed to be a basic worm at that time turned into inspiration for multiple cyber-criminal gangs. This week-end hackers took a more diversified approach to reaching victims’ browsers and wreaking havoc on Facebook walls. Today’s scam is much more complex than what we described in the previous post. It all starts with an inciting i...

Lizard Squad blamed for Facebook downtime. Facebook says “Err.. no”

Hacking gang jokers Lizard Squad appeared to be taking credit for Facebook and Instagram falling off the web earlier today, but you - and the media - shouldn't be too quick to believe them. In a tweet the notorious hacking crew, who previously attacked XBox Live and PlayStation Network gaming services over Christmas, referenced the the problems being experienced by various social networks earlier today. And...

Facebook Tag Scams are Back with Malicious Payload

Bad week-end for Facebook users: a malicious tagging campaign ended up infecting at least 5 thousand computer users with a backdoor. This three-day campaign has been actively mirrored by the cyber-criminal(s) in order to prevent an early takedown. UPDATE: there are a number of similar scams in circulation as of today which are targeting particullarly Spanish-speaking users. Unlike the scam we documented bel...

Did You Know Your Private Instagram Photos Risk Being Exposed?

If you think only your friends could see your private Instagram pictures, guess again. Instagram recently patched a privacy bug which allowed anyone to see pictures posted by ex-public accounts, according to news reports. More specifically, the bug allowed a photograph posted to Instagram on a public account—the default setting—to remain public on the web, even if the user later changed the account to priva...

Facebook Warns Young Viewers of Violent Videos

Facebook has started adding alert messages to violent content shared via its network after news reports of policeman shot dead in Paris went viral, according to the BBC. The new alerts are meant to prevent people under the age of 18 from viewing violent images such as murders shown in documentaries or news reports. Unlike other clips, they prevent the videos from automatically playing in feeds unless clicke...

Hottest Snapchats – Another Early 2015 Facebook Scam!

A spam campaign revealing the 10 “hottest snapchats” is a new entry to the long list of Facebook scams flooding the social media platform in 2015, according to Bitdefender Online Threats. The Labs of the security software provider blacklisted dozens of fraudulent websites promising snapchats and other leaked ‘goodies.’ The male-oriented campaign is promoted on websites with tags such as “trendingusa,” “vira...

Top 5 Social Media Security Predictions of 2015

Mobile ransomware, targeted job fraud, and Trojans lurking behind shocking videos are all expected to make their appearance on social media in 2015, security software solutions provider Bitdefender warns. Studies in the last year on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter allowed Bitdefender security researchers to forecast future trends. While the trends seem mainly dangerous for individual social media users, grow...

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