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Police arrest Virginia Tech student over Yik Yak threat

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It's an anonymous messaging app that's not all that anonymous. That's a good thing in this case, given that the Yak alluded to the anniversary of a mass murder.

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week

Catch up with the latest computer security news - it's weekly roundup time.

Facebook says sorry after bug hid posts, blocked links and led to security warnings

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Some Facebook users suspected censorship as a bug hid posts and blocked new links.

Anonymous sharing app Secret shuts down

Anonymous sharing app Secret shuts down

Secret was supposed to be different from its anonymous sharing kin, Yik Yak and Whisper. What went so wrong, so fast?

Judge chided for Facebook posts that triggered mistrial in "boy in the box" case

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A Texas judge has been chewed out for making Facebook posts about a case that resulted in a mistrial, and has been ordered to get trained on "proper and ethical use of social media" by judges.

FBI: Hacktivists targeting US law enforcement as anti-police sentiment grows

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As Baltimore exploded in violent anti-police riots on Monday, the FBI was warning police officers and public officials across the US to be aware of targeted cyberattacks from hacktivists.

Tesla and Elon Musk Twitter accounts and website hijacked, free Teslas offered

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The website and Twitter account for sleek electric automaker Tesla Motors was taken over and defaced on Saturday, as was Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s personal Twitter account.

Police-taunting Facebook selfie poster jailed

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Aaron Bee started posting the nyah-nyah images on Facebook after police put out an appeal asking for his whereabouts. Cue lots of pictures of Bee gesturing at police, their cars and a police station and a misspelled hashtag of #theystillcarntcatchme.

New 'Clear' app helps you erase your online mistakes

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Sure, we'd love to wipe away those rude/racy/rebellious posts, but how erasable is erasable? Two phrases come to mind: "screen capture" and "digital archive!"

Twitter's new anti-abuse filter hides harassing tweets from your mentions

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Twitter has introduced a new feature that could block abusive and threatening tweets before they are even seen by victims.

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

We charge this phone and Facebook account with flagrant lack of passcode and privacy protection!

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Tracking report was wrong, says Facebook ...but there is a bug that needs fixing

Belgian tracking report was wrong, says Facebook

Facebook has responded to privacy claims made by Belgian researchers but admitted that a "bug" may have caused inadvertent tracking of some users.

After School app grows up after child safety criticisms

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Like many apps, 'After School' has decided to grow up and start taking toxic chat and threats of violence seriously. It's a welcome sign of maturation.

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

A new lawsuit alleges Facebook violated users' privacy rights to build world's largest privately held database of facial recognition data.

Snapchat issues first transparency report on law enforcement data requests

Snapchat issues first transparency report on law enforcement data requests

It's a big step forward in transparency for Snapchat, which formerly described its service in a way that might lead users to think turning over their content to law enforcement would be impossible.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Here are last week's stories in one convenient place so you can catch up on what you missed!

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