Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars – including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not “intentionally getting it wrong” – the social media giant has announced it will begin removing misinformation that provokes real-world violence. Read More >>

US Military Documents Stolen Because Someone Forgot to Update the Router Password

You too can have better cybersecurity than the US military just by properly setting up your router. Read More >>

‘Mega’ Data Breaches Cost Companies a Staggering Fortune, IBM Study Finds

IBM Security on Wednesday released its latest report examining the costs and impact associated with data breaches. The findings paint a grim portrait of what the clean up is like for companies whose data becomes exposed—particularly for larger corporations that suffer so-called “mega breaches,” a costly exposure involving potentially tens of millions of private records. Read More >>

New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day

For more than a week, PGP developers have been rapidly working to patch critical flaws in the legacy encryption protocol used for sending and receiving secure emails that’s widely relied upon by lawyers, journalists, dissidents, and human rights advocates, many of whom operate at the highest levels of risk while in shadows of oppressive, unforgiving regimes. Read More >>

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Report: North Korea Pretty Good at the Cyber, Is Selling Stuff Like Facial Recognition Tech Abroad

North Korean operatives could be involved in the design and sale of everything from VPNs and encryption software to fingerprint and facial recognition technology, according to a recent report that alleges it’s one way the country’s totalitarian government is generating new revenue. Read More >>

The Systems That Control Water and Power Plants Are Shockingly Vulnerable to Hackers, Study Finds

A disturbingly high percentage of industrial control systems (ICS)—the technology used to manage everything from water treatment plants to the International Space Station—are eminently vulnerable to malicious hackers, according to tests performed by a leading global security firm. Read More >>

Report: Facebook Really Is Connecting People, Specifically ISIS

Facebook is connecting more than just distant relatives who post too much about their children, at least per a recent study that concludes it is connecting new affiliates to the Islamic State’s digital networks. According to the Telegraph, researchers with the Counter Extremism Project analysed the social media habits of roughly 1,000 ISIS supporters in 96 countries, finding that “users with radical Islamist sympathies were routinely introduced to one another through the popular ‘suggested friends’ feature.” Read More >>

Researchers Find Mysterious Russia-Linked Malware That Hijacks Anti-Theft Software Lojack

Security researchers are warning that malware with suspected links to Russian cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear is turning up in installations of Lojack, an anti-computer theft program used by many corporations to guard their assets. Read More >>

GitHub Tells Some Users It Accidentally Stored Their Passwords in Plain Text But Hey, NBD

Code repository GitHub warned “a select number of users” on Tuesday that due to a flaw in its password reset system, the company had stored their passwords in plain text on internal logs. Read More >>

WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy

Jan Koum, the billionaire CEO of Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, is leaving the company following disputes over “the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption,” the Washington Post reported on Monday. Read More >>

Reddit: We’ve Found 1,000 Suspected Russian Troll Accounts, But Most of Them Sucked at Getting Upvotes

Reddit says it has identified and plans to purge 944 accounts suspected to be tied to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm that has been linked to an alleged campaign to spread disinformation and propaganda on US social media sites before the 2016 elections. Read More >>

Facebook’s Largest Black Lives Matter Page Was Allegedly an Australian Scam

What appeared to be the biggest “Black Lives Matter” page on Facebook was actually “a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia,” CNN Tech reported on Monday, and it managed to raise over £70,000 while sending some of that money to Australian bank accounts. Read More >>

Here Is Facebook’s Dubious Plan to Prevent Its 2016 US Election Catastrophe From Happening Again

Pressure has been mounting on Facebook and its leadership to make big privacy changes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal—in which it lost control over extensive data on what it now says are 87 million users—and after weeks of hedging and minor tweaks around the margins, the company has begun to make other concessions like vaguely committing to EU-style privacy rules. On Friday, in what feels like a ploy to reassure the public they’ll have a plan on the related issue of foreign election interference before the 2018 midterms, Facebook detailed how it will make political advertising more transparent. Read More >>

Good News, We’re Getting Two Hearings With Mark Zuckerberg for the Price of One

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—who has (reluctantly) become the face of the company’s response to the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal—will testify not just in front of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee next week as previously reported, but a joint hearing of the US Senate as well. Read More >>

Lord & Taylor and Saks Have Been Hacked to the Tune of Five Million Payment Card Accounts

Cybercriminals who ran off with info on five million payment cards from Saks Fifth Avenue (including its discount brand) and Lord & Taylor databases appear to be preparing to sell them on the dark web, according to a Sunday report from Gemini Advisory. Read More >>