Democratic lawmakers on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced legislation that would rein in tech algorithms on platforms exceeding 5 million monthly viewers. This follows a high-profile whistleblower case heard before Congress on Facebook's allegedly questionable data policies.
Social media giant Facebook experienced a global outage on Monday that also involved its properties - including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. According to Cisco's internet analysis division, ThousandEyes, the tech giant experienced a DNS issue that hindered access to Facebook's tools and apps.
A new self-assessment tool aims to help public and private sector organizations assess their level of vulnerability to insider threats, according to CISA. The agency also indicated this week it will keep its "rumor control" website active ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Cybersecurity and computer science experts testifying before Congress on Tuesday expressed concerns about their inability to access key social media data sets that could allow them to analyze and potentially counter the spread of misinformation.
Researchers say a pro-China influence operation leveraging a network of fake social media accounts has expanded, promoting in-person protests and narratives around COVID-19 and U.S. domestic policy, according to Mandiant, which does not definitively attribute the activity to the Chinese government.
Facebook's threat intelligence team says it has disrupted an Iranian advanced persistent threat group that was using the social network as part of an effort to spread malware and conduct cyberespionage operations, primarily in the U.S.
Some 700 million records of LinkedIn users have reportedly been offered for sale on a hacker forum. The social media platform, and several security experts, say that the offering stems from the "scraping" of records from websites and not a data breach.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of lawmakers' grilling of Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount over his handling of the DarkSide ransomware attack. Also featured: How the FBI helped trick criminals into using an encrypted communications service that it was able to monitor.
The Biden administration has rescinded a number of Trump-era executive orders that banned social media apps such as TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. over national security concerns. Instead, the Commerce Department will conduct a security review of all Chinese-made apps and the data they collect.
Thousands of suspected criminals have been relying on the "Anom" encrypted communications platform to coordinate their efforts. But the FBI and Australian police developed Anom as a honeypot for monitoring criminals, producing intelligence that globally led to 800 arrests and massive drug seizures.
Election security improvements, the push for all software to ship with a "bill of materials" and the results of a long-running investigation into a lucrative digital advertising scam are among the latest cybersecurity topics to be featured for analysis by a panel of Information Security Media Group editors.
Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, a smartphone company, said Tuesday that his Twitter account had been compromised via a third-party app called IFTTT and a tweet had been injected via his profile for an apparent cryptocurrency scam.
An ongoing disinformation campaign dubbed "Ghostwriter," which leverages compromised social media accounts, is targeting several NATO member countries in Europe, attempting to undermine confidence in the defensive organization as well as spread discord in Eastern Europe, according to FireEye.
Facebook says it disrupted two Palestinian advanced persistent threat groups that targeted victims across the Middle East as part of cyberespionage campaigns. The groups used malware and advanced social engineering tactics to target journalists, human rights activists and military groups.
Ireland's privacy regulator has launched an investigation into Facebook after personal information for 533 million of the social network's users appeared for sale online. It will analyze whether Facebook violated the country's data protection law or the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.