With the U.S. midterm elections occurring on Tuesday, the "trump" keyword remains king for spammers. "Spam campaigners understand the value of brands, and for spam as for ballots, and whether for or against, the election is all about Trump," security firm Proofpoint says.
A Russian national has been charged with coordinating a four-year campaign to spread divisive themes aimed at disrupting the U.S. political system. "Project Lakhta" allegedly employed hundreds of individuals who created bogus accounts on such platforms as Facebook and Twitter to sow false narratives.
Facebook is eyeing spammers as being the culprits behind its recently disclosed mega-breach, The Wall Street Journal reports. Preliminary findings from Facebook's internal investigation suggest that the attackers were not affiliated with a nation-state, but rather part of a known spam ring, the newspaper reports.
Step away from the social media single sign-on services, cybersecurity experts say, citing numerous privacy and security risks. Instead, they recommend that everyone use password managers to create unique and complex passwords for every site, service or app they use.
While Facebook has invalidated 90 million users' single sign-on access tokens following a mega-breach, researchers warn that most access token hijacking victims still lack any reliable "single sign-off" capabilities that will revoke attackers' access to hyper-connected web services and mobile apps.
Facebook says that whoever hacked 50 million user accounts, putting the privacy of those users' personal data at risk, did so by abusing its "View As" privacy feature. Facebook says the attack successfully targeted three separate bugs in its video-uploading functionality.
Officials from Facebook and Twitter appeared before a Senate committee Wednesday to defend their efforts to combat influence operations. Meanwhile, the Trump administration launched a broadside against social media, with President Trump accusing them of meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an update on how Russian bots and trolls are spreading misinformation on vaccines via social media - and the public health impact of the campaign. Plus: Tips on disaster recovery, internet of things security.
Does social media fuel toxic politics and racial tension? We're still in the early of days of understanding the long-term effects of social media on society, but the early signs aren't good. It's time for social networks to take moral responsibility for content on their networks - even if they don't want it.
It's less than 10 weeks until your country's elections; do you know where your government's information warfare defenses and election security strategy are? The FBI says it's moving to counter information operations, while DHS is bolstering election security. But will it be enough?
Public health alert: Russian trolls have been spreading "polarized and anti-vaccine" misinformation via social media in a manner that appears designed to undercut trust in vaccines, researchers warn. Lower vaccination rates have already contributed to a rise in mass outbreaks of measles among children.
Google has suspended multiple YouTube channels and videos, as well as blogs, after tying them to phishing attacks and influence operations linked to Iran's state media. The technology giant's moves coincided with similar efforts by Facebook and Twitter.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An analysis of why it may be too late to secure the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Also: A close look at the Anthem breach lawsuit settlement and a report on ransomware recovery lessons learned.
Facebook, Twitter and Google have suspended or removed hundreds of pages and accounts tied to two separate alleged influence operations being run by Iran and Russia. Cybersecurity firm FireEye says the campaigns target the U.S., U.K., Latin America and Middle East.
It's déjà vu "FBI vs. Apple" all over again, as Reuters reports that the Justice Department is seeking to compel Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app to help the FBI monitor an MS-13 suspect's voice communications.