German Police Use FaceBook Photos to Hunt Down Crooks

Police in the German state of Lower-Saxony will soon use their networks of Facebook “friends” to find missing persons and hunt out suspected criminals, according to the state’s interior minister. The decision to use social media in manhunts follows the completion of a pilot scheme in the northern city of Hanover last year which drew […]

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“socialbots” Steal 250Gb of Facebook Data

A small array of scripts programmed to pass themselves off as real people stole 250 gigabytes worth of personal information from Facebook users in just eight weeks, researchers said in an academic report to be presented next month. The 102 “socialbots” included a name and picture of a fictitious Facebook user and used programming interfaces […]

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Facebook Blocks Chrome Data Exporter

Facebook has blocked a Google Chrome extension that let you export information about your Facebook “friends” so that data can be shuttled into competing services. Known as Facebook Friends Exporter, the extension had become particularly popular of late as a means of moving “friends data” into Google’s latest Facebook challenger – Google+ – and it […]

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Facebook Leaks Access to Millions of Profiles

Facebook has leaked access to millions of users’ photographs, profiles and other personal information because of a years-old bug that overrides individual privacy settings, researchers from Symantec said. The flaw, which the researchers estimate has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to advertisers and others. The tokens serve as a spare […]

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Osama bin Laden Dead Pictures Are Virus Trap

This just in from the FBI’s department of the bleedin’ obvious: if someone emails you with pictures of Osama bin Laden’s bullet-riddled corpse, this is probably an attempt to compromise your computer with viruses rather than a public-spirited effort intended to confirm that he really is dead. According to the FBI announcement, which seems to […]

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Facebook fixes Hotmail reset bug

Facebook has plugged a password reset glitch involving users who linked their social network profiles to Hotmail webmail address. The flaw, discovered by Turkish security researcher Serkan Gencel, also created a possible mechanism for cyber-criminals to lift Facebook passwords linked to Hotmail accounts. Gencel privately informed Facebook of the flaw prior to going public with […]

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20,000 Underage Users Kicked Off Facebook Every Day

Facebook has revealed that about 20,000 children are kicked off the social networking site every day for lying about their age. Despite efforts to enforce the age limit policy, many underage children join the site by pretending to be older than they are. Mozelle Thompson, Facebook’s chief privacy adviser, told the Australian Federal Parliament’s cyber-safety committee: “There are […]

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