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Facebook: At least 67 million accounts are fake

Facebook: At least 67 million accounts are fake

Based on Facebook's own figures, anywhere from 67 up to 137 million of its monthly users are either duplicate, malicious or otherwise 'fake'.

UK woman jailed for trolling herself, trying to pin it on family

UK woman jailed for trolling herself, trying to pin it on family, image courtesy of SWNS

Michelle Chapman, thought to be the first person in the UK to have been prosecuted for such a crime, confessed to taking out fake profiles in family members' names and sending herself hundreds of abusive messages, often of a "very unpleasant sexual nature".

How Facebook leaked thousands of private messages all because of a typo

How Facebook leaked thousands of private messages all because of a typo

We shouldn't know about how this teenager's friends slaughtered calves in Farmville or that her idol is some dreamy looking guy, but we do, all because of a bizarre, fluky little glitch in the email confirmation (that's only now being fixed).

SEA attempts to hack Facebook and other MarkMonitor domain customers

Facebook Photo Sync: Nine things you should know

The group known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) attempted to commandeer the DNS records of Facebook, but were thwarted by DNS provider MarkMonitor. Are the basic protocols up to the task of protecting us in 2014?

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.

Facebook's 10 years of security & privacy thrills 'n spills

Facebook's 10 years of security & privacy thrills 'n spills

Happy 10th birthday, Facebook! We shall celebrate by listicling the service's security and privacy greatest hits and biggest misses. Fasten your Facebelts!

The power of two - All you need to know about two-factor authentication

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What can we do to protect ourselves from stolen password databases, phishing attacks, keyloggers or credit card skimmers installed in our local ATMs? We can start with two-factor authentication. This article tells you what it is, how it works and where you can use it.

Jail time for Twitter abusers who spewed out rape and death threats

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A man and a woman have been handed custodial sentences for abusing high-profile feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and MP Stella Creasy on Twitter.

Prisoner rats himself out with Facebook selfie of cell-grown cannabis

Prisoner rats himself out with Facebook selfie of homegrown cannabis

One of the most stupid selfies ever: a Polish prisoner's photo, taken on a contraband mobile phone smuggled into the prison, showing a lush, equally contraband and definitely illegal cannabis plant he grew from seed in his cell.

And the results of our "How trustworthy is Facebook" poll are...

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As we reported recently, Facebook wants to know how trustworthy its users find it, but it's not sharing the results. So we ran our own poll of how many people trust Facebook and hereby present the results. (NB: We categorically define "people" as meaning "our readers".)

SEA hijacks Microsoft Twitter accounts, Xbox support blog and Technet

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The Syrian Electronic Army explains that its weekend pouncing was motivated by Microsoft's alleged monitoring of email accounts and selling of data for the US and other governments. The group promises to publish proof.

How your social media activity can torpedo your loan application

How your social media posts can torpedo your loan application

Financial institutions are increasingly scrutinizing our friend networks, our LinkedIn employment status and even what type of phone we're using and where we're calling from to assess whether they think we're creditworthy.

Facebook is a bad way to rate potential employees, study finds

Facebook is a bad way to rate potential employees, study finds

Call it joie de vivre, or, perhaps, joie de postings, but many of us have the tendency to use social media to promote our potentially drunken, boss-bashing, and/or controversial selves.

Man and woman admit to trolling journalist behind Jane Austen bank note

Man and woman admit to trolling journalist behind Jane Austen bank note

The pair were charged in December with making the threats, and now they've confessed. One of them said she was drunk and bored when she sent the tweets, described the threats as "empty", and said she was just goading her victim.

Watch out! Facebook is NOT closing in March - please don't spread the hoax!

It's the first calendar quarter of the year, and with February and March on the visible horizon, we're seeing the annual reappearance of "Facebook is closing" hoaxes.

Even if you think they're funny, please don't help them to spread...

Facebook is being sued for intercepting users' communications

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Users Campbell and Hurley have accused Facebook of misleading the public by calling its internal messaging system 'private'. The company scans users’ private messages for URLs and can make a public 'Like' declaration from a personal communication.

The exact number of people* who trust Facebook is... [POLL]

The exact number of people* who trust Facebook is... [POLL]

...what we here at Naked Security will tell you (IF you take the poll), being all open to sharing 'n' stuff. That's in stark contrast to the zip-lipped Facebergians themselves, who are polling users about the trust thing but won't tell anybody the results. *We hereby definitively define "people" as being "our readers."

Skype's Twitter account compromised by Syrian Electronic Army

Microsoft's reading Skype messages

Microsoft's Skype brand had its Twitter, Facebook and WordPress accounts hacked by a someone claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army. The real question is, where was the two-factor?

Attack dismissed as "theoretical" by Snapchat used to plunder 4.6 million phone numbers

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Controversial photosharing site Snapchat is back in the news again, opening the New Year as the victim of a data breach.

Hackers have turned an attack dubbed "theoretical" by Snapchat into a reality, stealing 4.6 million phone numbers along the way.

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