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MySpace 'passwords dump'

Zillions of usernames and SHA-1 hashed passwords for accounts on social networking relic MySpace have been swiped from the site's databases and leaked online, apparently. LeakedSource claims that it has obtained records for hundreds of millions of accounts from someone called Tessa88@exploit.im. The passwords have not been …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2016
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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

Analysis of passwords from the LinkedIn leak has revealed, should there be any doubt, that users remain terrible at choosing secure login credentials. Last week a black hat hacker using the nickname Peace was revealed as attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. "Peace" wants 5 BTC …
John Leyden, 24 May 2016

Google security man reveals Allo will encrypt chats - sometimes.

Security industry types and leaker Edward Snowden have rubbished new Google instant messenger app Allo after its lead product engineer revealed it would not run end-to-end encryption by default. The text-based messaging service launched at Google's I/O 2016 gabfest last week is linked to phone numbers and sports Chrome's porn …
Darren Pauli, 24 May 2016

LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

LinkedIn has responded to the recent sale of users’ data - apparently the fruits of a 2012 breach - on the dark web. As previously reported, a black hat hacker using the nickname Peace is attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. "Peace" wants 5 BTC for the trove of private info which …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

A hacker is attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. The black hat "Peace" claims the data is the fruits of a well publicized LinkedIn breach from 2012. At the time, only around 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online. The business-focused social network LinkedIn never …
John Leyden, 18 May 2016
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Anons 'hack, leak Russian Facebook' boss's personal email

Hacktivists have leaked what could be the email inbox of Boris Dobrodeev – the boss of Russian social network VK, previously known as VKontakte. The personal account dumped online contains letters from 2014 discussing budget negotiations for VK – the Russian language equivalent of Facebook – as well as the proposed agenda for …
John Leyden, 06 May 2016
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Clixta: A copyright-friendly way to share your family photos

“Imagine if a Facebook rival emerged that didn’t require users to surrender their rights, and that rewarded them for their creativity with real dosh. Who’d want to stick around with the old Facebook that doesn’t do either?” we mused last year. Well, although it isn’t pretending to be a Facebook rival, or pay you, something …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 May 2016
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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

The record for the youngest security researcher getting paid by Facebook’s bug bounty scheme has been smashed by Jani, a 10-year-old Finnish lad who found a major flaw in Instagram. In February the precocious youth reported the vulnerability, which could be exploited to delete comments from any account on Instagram, which is …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2016
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What's Zuck planning with his Facebook bots? Maximum $ilo revenue

Analysis Facebook smashed through expectations for its first quarter of the year. A surge in mobile ads saw revenue up 52 per cent to $5.38bn while the user base grew to 1.65 billion – 22 per cent of the world’s population, and extracting every byte of data (and every penny from those bytes) from that existing user base is the company' …

Facebook gov slurp rise

The number of requests from governments for Facebook user records increased 13 per cent from the first half of 2015 to the second half of the year, we're told. According to the social network's latest transparency report, cops and g-men asked for people's account data 46,763 times in the six months to December 31. " …
Team Register, 29 Apr 2016

Neo4j CEO: We're at 'a huge inflection point for graph databases'

Interview Emil Eifrem, CEO and co-founder of Neo Technology, says the world is at “a huge inflection point for graph databases” as his company, which supports the open source Neo4j graph database management system, releases v3.0 of the software. Ahead of releasing an architecturally overhauled v3.0 of the data management system, the …

If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

Pope Francis is pushing young Catholics to put down their phones in order to find peace of mind. Speaking at an event in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, the pontiff told a crowd of around 100,000 people that happiness can not be found with their smartphones. "[Happiness is] not an app that you can download on your phones, …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016
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Facebook: 1m Tor users

One million Facebook users a month are now using Tor to connect to the social network. "This growth is a reflection of the choices that people make to use Facebook over Tor, and the value that it provides them. We hope they will continue to provide feedback and help us keep improving," said Alec Muffett, software engineer for …
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2016
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Facebook open-sources city-wide WiGig internet comms, phone masts

Facebook's quest to connect the remaining four billion people on the planet without internet access up to Facebook the web is a huge task. On Thursday, Facebook showed off its open-source telecommunications tech that it hopes will get unconnected folks connected, and give those of us already on the internet a smoother ride. …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2016
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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Internet.org aka Free Basics – Facebook's slice of the web for the developing world – has been controversial, but that isn't stopping the social network. The internet service requires a SIM card from a participating mobile operator, and grants free access to Facebook, BBC News, Dictionary.com, er, ESPN and a few other sites. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2016
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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

At the opening keynote of the Facebook F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg has outlined his company's plan to get everyone online and hooked on Facebook within the next decade. "Instead of building walls we can help people build bridges, instead of dividing people we can bring people together – one connection at a time, …
Iain Thomson, 12 Apr 2016
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Box and Dropbox seek expansion via IBM, AWS – and Facebook

Rival file sharing services Box and Dropbox are gunning for massive expansion by exploiting the huge scale of IBM, Amazon’s AWS – and of Facebook. Box has announced Box Zone, storage by geographical location, using the data centres of AWS and IBM. The company has pressed the button on instant international rollouts through …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016

WhatsApp at BlackBerry? For one thing, BBM's now free

BlackBerry has abandoned the freemium model it tried to build around its pioneering chat client BBM, and is making all of its goodies available for free, including secure encrypted chat. The company previously charged a subscription for being able to retract and delete messages after a period of time, giving users three of …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2016
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Egypt unfriended Facebook for Free Basics snoop snub

Facebook reportedly had its Free Basics internet service banned in Egypt because it would not meet government demands that it open the service for surveillance. A Reuters report cited two unnamed sources in claiming that the decision by authorities to suspend Free Basics in the country on December 30 of last year was due to …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

The Oracle v. Google fight over Java took a couple of twists just before the Easter weekend. The database giant now reckons it is owed up to $9.3bn in copyright-infringement damages for Android's use of Java. Meanwhile, the judge in the trial wants to ban Oracle and Google lawyers from scouring jurors' social network profiles …
Chris Williams, 28 Mar 2016

Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

The High Court of England and Wales has ruled against an app developer who encouraged users to post eight-second sports clips under the guise that it was a social network. Mr Justice Arnold rejected the defence offered by Fanatix developer Will Muirhead that he could avoid infringement using either a fair use defence or a user …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2016
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Twitter at ten: The social network designed for 2006 struggles into a second decade

Twitter turns 10 today and I, for one, would like to thank for sustaining my career by connecting me to important people and giving Reg writers an almost-car-wreck to chronicle. Some back story: in 2007 an Alpha Geek friend told me about Twitter as we stood in the playground of a school making sure our kids didn't experience …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2016
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So you wanna build whopping pools of PCIe flash? Say no more, whisper Intel, Facebook

OCP Summit Intel will reveal a bunch of tech today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, California – from NVMe storage blueprints and new Xeon D system-on-chips to processors with builtin FPGAs. The OCP, launched by Facebook in 2011, encourages hardware manufacturers to produce generic gear to the project's open …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016
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Facebook can block folks using pseudonyms in Germany – court

Facebook has landed a win in Germany: the Hamburg Administrative Court says the website's real-names-only policy is governed by the laws of Ireland – and not Germany. That means Facebook's policy does not fall under German privacy laws, and thus the social network doesn't have to change a thing despite concerns over the policy …
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Facebook: A new command and control HQ for mobile malware

RSA 2016 Researchers have shown off a new way to evade the security mechanisms in Android and iOS – by using social networks as command and control servers. The team, from Israeli security firm Skycure, said Google and Apple have made great strides in keeping malware out of their official software stores by scanning submitted code for …
Iain Thomson, 03 Mar 2016

'Dominant' Facebook hauled over coals by German competition authority

A competition authority in Germany has opened proceedings against Facebook for allegedly violating data protection rules. The cartel investigator in Germany, known as the Bundeskartellamt, announced that it has launched itself at the American company, as well as its Irish and German subsidiaries, on "an initial suspicion that …

Zuck gets a Brazilian whack: Top Facebook VP cuffed in WhatsApp privacy kerfuffle

Facebook's most senior executive in Latin America has been arrested over the social network's refusal to hand over its users' private data. Brazilian police confirmed Diego Dzodan's arrest after he failed to comply with a court order to provide the private chat messages of a suspected drug trafficker sent through the Facebook- …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Mar 2016
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Even Google is abandoning Google+

Google's failed social network Google+ has received another vote of no-confidence, this time from Google. As detailed on the Official Android Blog, gamers who want an account to record their feats will soon be offered “Gamer IDs”. As is usual, you can give yourself an avatar or upload a photo, see yourself scale leaderboards …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2016

Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

UPDATED Facebook has "unpublished" the page pertaining to legendary Brit comic Viz, citing a breach of the social network's terms and community standards. Viz revealed the shock news on Twitter earlier today, prompting one fan to suggest: "Couldn't you disguise yourselves by posting child pornography or right wing nut job content?" …
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2016
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Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant

Time Inc. said it has acquired what's left of social networking ghost town Myspace. The media giant will take on ownership of Myspace as part of a larger acquisition of parent company Viant, an advertising and data analytic firm. Viant acquired Myspace from News Corp in 2011. Time said that it plans to integrate Viant into …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016
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France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off

Monday June 8th will go down as a bad day in Facebook history, after France joined India by telling the social network to Zuck off. France's complaint relates to Europe's safe harbour laws, under which Facebook has sent data about members back to the United states for light, non-invasive data mining and secure storage ruthless …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016
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Reports of Twitter's death greatly exaggerated, says CEO

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has mostly quashed rumours that the struggling social network is introducing an algorithmically-curated timeline. News that the company plans to change its distinctive stream of content presented in the order in which it was created emerged late last week and quickly spawned the #RIPtwitter hashtag as …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2016

Internet idiots make hoax bomb threats to UK, Aus, French schools

A gang of internet idiots are using voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) services to phone-in fake bomb threats to schools across the UK, France, and Australia in exchange for Bitcoins. The group operating under the scuppered @Ev4cuati0nSquad Twitter account have called in fake bomb threats to dozens of schools in those …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2016

Zuck's bucks are now the world's 6th-largest cash pile

A stellar financial year from Facebook has made founder Mark Zuckerberg the sixth-richest person in the world. This according to Bloomberg, who now estimates that Zuckerberg is worth more than the Koch brothers, but slightly less than Mexican telco boss Carlos Slim. According to the latest rankings, Zuckerberg is now worth $ …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2016

Israeli academics claim they can predict botnet attacks

Ben Gurion University researchers have developed a tool capable of predicting future botnet attacks while also distinguishing between human and automated campaigns. Dudu Mimran, chief technology officer of the university's Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs, says the team is investigating how the tool may benefit law enforcement …
Team Register, 28 Jan 2016

Pubs good for the soul: Official

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has perhaps merely confirmed what all right-minded people already know: that those who have a local boozer in which to quaff ale and chew the fat with mates are "significantly happier" than wretched souls who do not. CAMRA asked Oxford Uni's Professor Robin Dunbar to look into the link between …
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2016
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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

Comment Imagine that one giant manufacturer dominated the car market. The cars it made weren’t very good, but they were much cheaper and easier to buy than cars from anyone else, so the car company had ended up dominating the market. These cars would often break down, spew noxious gasses, and a lot of the time, didn’t go where you …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2016
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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

Facebook started 2016 with the bold claim that it intends to eradicate phone numbers and replace web browsing, but the Social Network has a mountain to climb before Facebook Messenger becomes the centre of our online world. That’s the stated intention of the Zuckerberg empire – to replace all our myriad internet communication …
Bill Ray, 20 Jan 2016
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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

Comment Who could possibly be against free internet access? This is the question Mark Zuckerberg asks in a piece for the Times of India in which he claims Facebook’s Free Basics service “protects net neutrality”. Free Basics is the rebranded Internet.org, a Facebook operation where by partnering with local telecoms firms in the …
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The Infamous Eight: 2015's memes, themes and big pieces

Year in review So, was US Central Command (CENTCOM) hacked, were a LOT of Polish Airlines aircraft cyber breached, and did China block imports of products from Apple and others? The answer in all three cases was a simple “no”. So what of the multiple cloud outages, and Uber’s ongoing global legislative and driver woes? In a 140-character- …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Dec 2015
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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

Review There’s only one reason you might want to buy either of the new flagship Microsoft Lumias. Straight off the bat, we can tell you it's not the party trick Continuum, where your phone doubles up as an ARM-based PC to run Microsoft Office. Nor is that reason Windows 10 – which is still buggy, bereft of significant new benefits …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2015

Facebook kills Creative Labs, cuts support for mobile apps

Facebook has confirmed it is getting rid of its Creative Labs brand and axing three projects in what looks to be a strategic shift for the social giant. A spokesperson confirmed to The Register that Facebook will be removing its Snapchat-like phone app Slingshot, Riff (which only launched in April), and internet chat forum …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2015
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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

Updated IBM is killing a controversial web video that employed hairdryers to supposedly promote women in STEM following an online roasting. The video was part of a campaign to: “Reengineer misperceptions about women in tech”, in which hair dryers – performing functions not normally associated with the handheld hot air device – feature …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2015

Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps

Google has expanded its search feelers into content stored inside apps. Previously, the search engine giant only indexed content that matched content on the broader internet, but increasingly information is contained only within apps themselves, meaning that it is not broadly accessible. The company has been experimenting …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015
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Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen

Google+ has been a lot of things in its four years on our computers – a sort-of social network, an identity manager for other Google platforms, and something of an industry joke. Now Google is trying again with the portal that wouldn't die. "We’ve spent a lot of time listening to what people using Google+ had to say. There …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2015

ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

Radical group ISIS is running a help desk to assist jihadists to use encrypted communications, NBC reports. US Army Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) analyst Aaron F. Brantly says the help desk is a new development which has increased in capacity over the last year. It is manned with six operatives who train recruits on the …
Darren Pauli, 18 Nov 2015

Twitter DM character limit liberation spells opportunity for botnets

London security researcher Paul Amar has built a tool capable of exploiting Twitter's extended direct messaging function for covert botnet command and control. Amar created Twittor which allows attackers of white or black hats to create a fleet of compromised machines that can communicate, receive instructions, and update over …
Team Register, 13 Nov 2015

How Twitter can see the financial future – and change it

Scottish financial trader James Alan Craig has been charged in the US with allegedly using Twitter to manipulate share prices. That charge raises a fascinating question: can Twitter be used to fiddle the stock markets? According to the US Department of Justice, the 62 year old, from Dunragit in Dumfries and Galloway, caused …
Costas Milas, 10 Nov 2015

XSS vuln found in Cisco's social support software

Mining social media to protect your brand is a great idea, unless the tool you use becomes an attack vector. That's the slightly embarrassing bug Cisco's just reported in its SocialMiner 10.0(1) product: its WeChat page is open to cross-site scripting. It means some unfortunate support staffer who's not paying close attention …