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Facebook is suing a Hong Kong ad firm, claiming it hijacked people’s accounts to run millions of dollars of deceptive ads

“Facebook is suing a Chinese firm its says hijacked users’ accounts to run and pay for fake ads for diet pills and male enhancement supplements, often featuring celebrities” writes Charlie Wood for businessinsider.com. Allegedly, the company then used this malware to access people’s Facebook accounts and takeover their ad accounts, which were then used to run millions of dollars of adverts  for “deceptive diet pills, cryptocurrency investments and images of sexual content.”. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo This is not the first time Facebook has taken legal action in 2019 over incidents…

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Millions of Twitter and Facebook users may have had their personal information compromised

“Twitter and Facebook have confirmed millions of users may have had their personal information compromised by malicious software hidden in third-party apps” writes Amanda Yeo for mashable.com. Unfortunately, the vulnerability was exploited to access the data of some Twitter users on Android.Concealed in apps downloaded from the Google Play Store, the SDK could “exploit a vulnerability in the mobile ecosystem” to expose users’ personal data to third-party developers. Source: mashable.com

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Google says hackers have put ‘monitoring implants’ in devices for years

“Users were compromised simply by visiting the sites: no interaction was necessary, and some of the methods used by the hackers affected even fully up-to-date phones” writes Alex Hern for theguardian.com. Beer is a security researcher at Project Zero, a team of white-hat hackers inside Google who work to find security vulnerabilities in popular tech, no matter who it is produced by. Source: theguardian.com

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500px reveals major breach that compromised user data

“500px, the online community for photographers, has revealed that they have discovered a major data breach” reports fastcompany.com. In a blog post today the company revealed that on February 8 they launched an investigation into a potential security issue their engineers found.Four days later, the result of that investigation was that any 500px user who signed up to the service before July 5, 2018, has had some of their data compromised by an unauthorized third party. The company is also offering to send users all the data it holds about them…

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2.2 billion unique accounts compromised after ‘Collections #2-5’ dumped on torrent sites, here’s how to check yours

“Now, Collections #2-5 have been dumped and the numbers are staggering: 845GB of stolen data that includes 25 billion total records and 2.2 billion unique usernames and passwords” writes Ugreen Apple Watch for 9to5mac.com. As reported by Wired, Collections #2-5 more than double the number of comprised accounts that have surfaced from Collection #1.Security researchers have concluded that 25 billion stolen records with 2.2 billion unique usernames and passwords are the numbers after accounting for duplicates found in Collections #2-5, creating a new record for the biggest data breach collection. Source:…

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Here’s How to Find Out if Your Email Was One of the 773 Million Exposed in Massive Data Breach

“Security experts have discovered what very well could be one of the largest data breach of all time, a collection of 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords” writes Chris Morris for fortune.com. The sheer volume of the data was contained in 12,000 separate files clocking in at 87 GB of data on hacking forums.People can check to see if their accounts and passwords were compromised at Hunt’s “Have I Been pwned?” Website. Source: fortune.com

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Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the matter had been “completely laid to rest”.

“In its verdict on Friday, the apex court had said that a detailed review of the Rafale deal was not required” reports huffingtonpost.com. Finance Minster Arun Jaitley Friday dubbed allegations on the Rafale jet deal as “fiction writing” that compromised national security, after the Supreme Court dismissed the pleas challenging the deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale jets.Allegations on Rafale was fiction writing that was compromising national security,” he said. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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