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Facebook Follower Scam Prompts Victims to Inject Themselves with Dangerous Code

More than 17,000 Facebook users were tricked by a bold scam that promised them over 100,000 followers on the social network and made them willingly inject dangerous code in their browser. Bitdefender has started to analyze the dubious profile promoting the scam after several Facecrooks fans complained about the social engineering trick. Hackers behind the scam could be of Turkish origin. It all started with...

Fears for safety of Royal couple, after tweets reveal exact details of New Zealand tour

You would like to think, by 2014, we had all learnt to be more careful about what we share on social networks. After all, in the past, many social networking users have tripped up unwisely revealing their future plans, their private photographs or their whereabouts. Sometimes it can be simply a social snafu which leaves a person red-faced through embarrassment, but with no real harm done. But other times, t...

Twitter Accidentally Resets Passwords, Delays in Telling Account Holders

Many Twitter users’ account passwords were reset due to a potential security issue caused by a “web site or service not associated to Twitter,” according to Re/code. Letters notifying users of the reset were not sent immediately, leaving many users locked out of their accounts. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” the notificatio...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Facebook.com; Domain is Now Restored

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Facebook.com Wednesday night after breaching the registrar, according to Security Week. The domain was restored in the meantime to "domain@fb.com". The hacking group wished Mark Zuckerberg a happy birthday on Facebook’s 10th year of existence, and left a message stating that Facebook is now owned by #SEA. On their Twitter account, the hackers showed how they allegedly chang...

New York Times Website Down; Syrian Electric Army Claims Responsibility

The New York Times website was knocked down for the second time this month. Evidence puts the pro-Assad Syrian hacktivist group SEA behind the attack on Tuesday on the reputable newspaper, Twitter and the Huffington Post. The New York Times used its social media account on Facebook to inform its readers about the situation with their website and assure them that they were looking for a timely solution.  Ima...

Twitter Accounts Hijacked after Mauritania Hacker Leaked Database

Cyber-crooks started to exploit the database recently leaked by a Mauritania hacker and filled with juicy Twitter details. Several HotForSecurity readers saw their accounts compromised and pushing spammy content without knowing it. The Islamist hacker from Mauritania leaked more than 15,000 account details last week on a file-sharing service. Soon after, users complained their Twitter account had been hijac...

Fox News Scam about Syria and World War 3 Infects Users with Malware

Cyber-criminals are taking advantage of the civil war in Syria and use the Fox News reputation to infect users with malware. The e-mails pose as newsletters of the media company and incorporate malicious links on several buttons, including 'unsubscribe.' To lure readers into clicking on the malicious URL, scammers promise exclusive videos and articles about the Syrian conflict. They also create a sense of u...

Twitter Spam Campaign Exploits CNN Vulnerability

A campaign that takes advantage of vulnerabilities on the CNN website is flooding Twitter users with diet spam, according to eHackingNews. Cyber-criminals exploit the open redirect flaw to post spam messages that look like they're coming from the reputable news organization. “The diet porgram you told us about yesterday is soo good!”, spammers tweeted, then redirected users to a malicious website. “I love m...

Popular Twitter Hashtag Fills up Social Engineers’ Data Base

One of Twitter’s most popular hashtags may become a strong social engineering resource. As users share personal information with complete strangers, #69factsaboutme will increasingly be used by scammers for nefarious purposes. Over 200,000 tweets were already posted under the hashtag at the time of publishing. “I have two houses that I live in,” one user said. “I think BoyzIIMen is the greatest musical grou...

Associated Press Twitter Account Hack Hits US Stock Prices

The Associated Press Twitter account was hacked and a false tweet informing followers of a bombing attempt at the White House was posted on The AP’s behalf. The attack was claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army. Saying President Obama was hurt during the incident, the tweet caused a seven-minute stock price plunge that recovered after The AP reported the hack and confirmed the tweet was bogus. "The @AP Twitt...

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