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Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Last year, prosecutors in Manhattan held Facebook up by the ankles and shook out personal data on 381 users. A judge last week said that it's up to the targeted users to complain about privacy invasion, not data-repository Facebook. But how are they supposed to stand up for their rights if they're never told about the sealed warrants to begin with?

Revenge porn hits two high profile boyfriends where it hurts

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Former NSA analyst and vocal NSA supporter John Schindler had his pink parts exposed by a lover in an extramarital affair, and a state representative's chief of staff was outed by a porn star ex-girlfriend and subsequently resigned. Revenge porn might typically target women, but these cases clearly show that we're all vulnerable when it comes to sharing explicit content.

Facebook privacy case to be referred to European Court of Justice

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The High Court in Ireland has referred the data-sharing case of Austrian law student, Max Schrems, to the European Court of Justice.

SSCC 152 - PF Chang's, TrueCrypt (still!), the Twitter worm and the cost of scammers [PODCAST]

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Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their attention on the week's security news.

As usual, they extract plenty of useful lessons during their insightful dissection of the latest issues...

Does Facebook's Slingshot commit true imagicide? Or is it another Snapchat?

Does Facebook's Slingshot commit true imagicide?

"Disappear forever" didn't mean much when Snapchat said it. Neither Snapchat nor Facebook's newly released Slingshot stops anybody from taking a screenshot or snapping a photo of the receiving device with another camera, for one thing.

Is a Facebook death threat a true threat? Supreme Court to decide

Is a Facebook death threat a true threat? Supreme Court to decide

The US Supreme Court will re-examine a case in where a man made death threats against his ex-wife on Facebook, giving us a federal decision on whether threats made online need to be made with real intent, or whether they just have to be taken seriously by a reasonable person who's threatened.

"Kind of creepy" personality test crunches your Facebook verbiage

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The tool analyses language for signs of extroversion ("party!!") introversion ("computer") and more. This could be a dream come true for targeted marketing and a hell on earth for privacy.

59 vulns in IE, teenager versus Turing, and Twitter gets wormed - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Is 59 vulns in IE some kind of record? Did a computer really pass the Turing Test? Can a network worm ever be a joke?

Find out in one minute!

Facebook to let advertisers see where you're surfing

Facebook to let advertisers see where you're surfing

Like many services already do, Facebook's now going to mix in our browsing histories with the advertising stew. It's also introducing a tool that lets us see (and edit) the dossiers they keep on us, so we can finally get a glimpse into why they think we like what they seem to think we like.

Twitter jumps to block XSS worm in Tweetdeck

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A cross-site scripting flaw was disclosed this morning affecting the popular Twitter application Tweetdeck. It has now been fixed, but not before it wormed its way through thousands of browsers.

Facebook stupidity leads to largest gang bust in NYC history

Facebook stupidity leads to largest gang bust in NYC history

Social media was the perfect place to brag about four years of alleged stabbings, assaults, robberies, shootings and murders, via hundreds of Facebook updates, direct messages, mobile phone videos, and calls made from Rikers Correctional Facility to plot the deaths of rival gang members.

Medical centre staff post woman's STD diagnosis on Facebook

Medical centre staff post woman's syphilis diagnosis on Facebook

A woman whose medical record was posted to a Facebook group named "Team No Hoes" is suing the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, two employees and a former boyfriend who allegedly talked the healthcare workers into posting the screenshot.

Facebook troll jailed for posting he was 'glad' teacher was murdered

Facebook troll jailed for posting he was 'glad' teacher was murdered

A Facebook troll has been jailed after posting he was "glad" a much-loved UK teacher, Ann Maguire, got "stabbed up".

Facebook's new audio feature won't snoop on us, it says

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Listening in and identifying your TV and music is opt-in only, Facebook's security head honcho said, and no, he wouldn't want it in his pocket either if it was recording everything going on around him.

Myspace emails cringe-worthy old photos to lure users back

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Myspace is sending users one or two photos in a seemingly desperate attempt to convince people that it still exists, to intrigue former users, to embarrass them, and/or to send them hurtling back to the site on search and destroy missions.

Alleged robber caught after trying to befriend his victim on Facebook

Alleged robber tries to befriend his victim on Facebook

An alleged robber was caught after trying to buddy up to the woman he bashed over the head, say police. The next day, she got a friend request. She didn't recognise his face, but she did recognise a triangular tattoo on his neck.

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software for identifying surveillance targets, a new report says.

Is Facebook coming for your kids?

Is Facebook coming for your kids?

It's once again filed a patent application for a system that lets children sign up with the authorisation of a parent, as opposed to just slipping through the cracks by lying about their age. Is Facebook doing enough to keep them safe?

62-year-old man arrested over tweeting as 'ghost' of murdered toddler James Bulger

62-year-old man arrested over tweeting as 'ghost' of murdered toddler James Bulger

The Twitter troll made sick jokes about the 2-year-old, baited his mother and the charity she set up in his name, and made veiled threats about sexual abuse and death aimed at a 2-day-old baby.

Our online advertising model fails have put us all in danger

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Why hand over hard-earned cash for something when we can get the same thing for free? It seems like a no-brainer, but our unwillingness to pay for things directly has led the internet into a dark and dangerous corner where a dependence on advertising is putting our privacy and security on the line.