Tag Archives: Social Media

Pro-ISIS hackers take over French TV network in “unprecedented attack”

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French television network TV5Monde says that it was unable to broadcast any of its channels after pro-ISIS hackers took control of its systems, including its websites and social media sites. The hack caused a three-hour blackout and “severely damaged” the Paris-based company’s systems, according to the network’s director general, Yves… Read more »

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UK children quizzed over social media abuse

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Almost 2,000 children have been investigated over allegations of online bullying and harassment. A Freedom of investigation act revealed that 1,200 children were then either charged with an offence, given a caution or fined. The figures showed that 20,000 adults were also investigated in that time. Of those, 11,292 were subject to… Read more »

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Millions of usernames and numbers stolen from Snapchat

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January 1st 2014 saw an unidentified hacker unveiled a database of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and numbers. The database has since been taken down and users have been reassured that there aren’t many malicious threats posed by someone accessing your Snapchat details. However, this case does highlight the vulnerability of… Read more »

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27-year-old man arrested in connection with defamatory ‘revenge-porn’ site

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A 27-year-old man, named Kevin Bollaert has been arrested in connection with a revenge porn website. Bollaert has been accused of making the site dubbed, ‘UGotPosted’ which allows the publication of intimate images without permission of the featured individual. The site linked the intimate photographs to the individuals personal social… Read more »

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Webcam hackers pose serious threat to unsuspecting users

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Shocking new statistics have emerged from anti-online bullying and harassment foundation, the Cybersmile Foundation, relating to the amount of complaints regarding webcam hackers. Shockingly, there is a growing trend in peadophile hackers tracking down their victims using special search engine and then accessing their webcams remotely.They exploit computer viruses which can grant… Read more »

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Reuters Twitter account hacked by pro-Syrian government group

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Reuters has seen one of its Twitter accounts compromised just 48 hours after it discovered that Syrian cybercriminals had allegedly hacked its blogging platform. The culprits, presumably the same group in both instances, are President Bashar al-Assad loyalists and have been using Reuters’ credibility to get anti-rebel messages out. According… Read more »

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LinkedIn loses 6.5m users’ passwords to hackers

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Last week, LinkedIn became the latest social media company to endure a major security breach after more than six million of its users’ passwords were stolen and posted by hackers on a Russian web forum, inviting other hackers to help decrypt them. All of the 6.5 million leaked passwords were… Read more »

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LinkedIn privacy case dismissed

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A U.S. District Judge has recently thrown out a case against LinkedIn because it did not meet the “case or controversy” threshold required for a federal lawsuit to go forward. Last March, Kevin Low filed a privacy case against LinkedIn after he was “humiliated” by LinkedIn’s sharing of his Internet… Read more »

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Facebook facial recognition function under fire

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Facebook’s new(ish) tool to help speed up the tedious process of “tagging” photos has recently come under attack by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA). The facial recognition software is said to be in violation of German and EU privacy laws as it harvests biometric data. Facebook says that it… Read more »

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Facebook to be next victim, declares Anonymous

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In a recent YouTube video, hacker group Anonymous announced that Facebook would be its next big victim. In the video, the group threatens an attack on November 5th, Guy Faulk’s Day in the UK, in order to bring down the large, allegedly privacy-breaching, social networking site. Encouraging viewers to join… Read more »

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