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DARPA dissects Twitter, Facebook, Reddit to extract propaganda how-to's


The internet found out last week that Facebook's been dissecting us. Now, it looks like DARPA's been at it too, with research on users of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Kickstarter and Digg.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week


It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Revenge porn hits two high profile boyfriends where it hurts

Voodoo doll. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

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.

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


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...

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


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!

Twitter jumps to block XSS worm in Tweetdeck


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.

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.

Facebook introduces Bullying Prevention Centre for UK, Europe

Facebook safety

The new centre offers a reporting flow that's smarter about language (e.g. don't use the term "report" with kids - it makes them feel like stool pigeons) and offers kids the option of getting help from someone in their circle if they need it.

Google and Facebook join forces to take down fake tech support scammers

Online ad clicks

Web giants Google and Facebook are striking back against tech support scammers who use the companies' ad networks to snag victims.

Twitter glitch makes it more difficult to report abuse, while "mute" is on its way


It's supposed to be fixed soon, but in the meantime, trolls' favorite targets are once again suffering the typical onslaught. On the plus side, Twitter on Monday also said it would be offering a "mute" function - the same thing it tried to do in December, but this time around, it seems to be doing it right.

Tweet "#MansionParty," get one #SpectacularlyTrashedMansion

Party. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

It was supposed to be a smallish gathering of about 60. #Oops.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week


Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

The Turkish government continued its heavy-handed approach to social media on Thursday, restricting YouTube access after the leak of an audio recording of Turkish officials discussing possible military action in Syria.

Turkey bans Twitter, citizens tweet more

Turkey flag. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Last Friday the Turkish government slapped a ban on Twitter, saying that it had failed to comply with court orders imposed after some of its citizens used the social networking site to share allegations of corruption amongst high-level officials. But that doesn't seem to have stopped Turkish tweeters.

Twitter screws up, accidentally sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter screws up, sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter goofed, sending out a deluge of password-reset emails on Monday evening that turned out to have been triggered by a system error. Yes, it's a false alarm, but what the heck - any excuse to nag people about password reuse will do!

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


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


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.

SEA hijacks Microsoft Twitter accounts, Xbox support blog and Technet


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.