Facebook has confirmed that unprotected databases containing more than 419 million users' phone numbers contained data scraped from the social network. TechCrunch, which first reported on the development, says many of the exposed phone numbers can be tied to Facebook IDs and remain accurate.
Following racist and anti-Semitic tweets being posted for a short time to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's hijacked account - despite his use of two-factor authentication - Twitter blamed the security lapse on an unnamed mobile provider. A group called "Chuckling Squad" appears to be responsible.
The long-delayed data protection bill is on track to be finalized in time to be voted on by India's parliament in its winter session, says one official on the committee that's been drafting the measure.
Lft. Gen (retired) Rajesh Pant, India's national cybersecurity coordinator, emphasizes in an in-depth interview that the government must engage the private sector in its ongoing efforts to protect critical infrastructure.
Facebook and Twitter have suspended a number of accounts and pages that they have tied to information operations being run by the Chinese government. Disinformation has targeted pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong - likening them to cockroaches - while dismissing anti-Beijing sentiment as "fake news."
The Indian government is putting pressure on WhatsApp to develop a mechanism to trace the origins of fake messages that threaten the nation's security. Will WhatsApp take action? And what do security experts say about the feasibility?
The reason social media platforms are so successful is because they tap into the human sense of needing to connect with others.
Depending on your organization's policies, there is a high likelihood your employees may be tapping into several social platforms throughout the workday, which can increase attack...
Ireland's Data Protection Commission says it is "assessing" a report concerning minors who have business profiles on Instagram that may expose email addresses and phone numbers. As many as 5 million kids worldwide have business accounts, but often they have no discernible link to a real business.
Tens of thousands of minors on Instagram expose their email addresses and phone numbers, which child-safety and privacy experts say is worrisome. The kids have turned their profiles from personal ones to business ones, which Instagram mandates must have contact details. But is that appropriate for a child?
Instagram has revoked the access of an Indian social media marketing company after personal details of some of its users ended up in an unprotected database online. Instagram says the number of affected users - first reported at 49 million - is inaccurate, and the exposed data from Instagram was already public.
C-level executives are 12 times more likely to be the target of social incidents and nine times more likely to be the target of social breaches. This is among the key findings of the latest Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report. Author John Grim shares insight.
Latha Reddy, India's former deputy national security adviser, says the nation should designate election infrastructure as "critical information infrastructure" to help ensure that cybersecurity is a much higher priority. She also spells out other critical steps.
Two security issues disclosed by Facebook over the past month are worse than first thought, adding to a harrowing series of data-handling mishaps by the social network. Millions of Instagram users had their plain-text passwords stored, and 1.5 million people had their email contact lists uploaded without consent.
Facebook has announced more measures designed to help combat fake news, misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression in advance of India's general election. Security experts disagree on whether the efforts will have a significant impact.
The Singapore government has introduced draft legislation that it says would help in combating fake news, especially on social media platforms. While some privacy experts have expressed reservations, government intervention is merited.