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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

It was the weekend that had it all: promiscuous permissions dragged Google into the Facebook privacy row, Facebook apologised again while at the same time denying anything's wrong with its Android apps, and Tim Cook was totally not smug when he chimed into the privacy debate. It's long been understood by people in tech (less …

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

Updated Smartphone market wraith BlackBerry has launched a legal offensive accusing Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram of patent infringement. In a chunky 117-page filing [PDF] to the Los Angeles US District court, the Canadian software house says that the three social media giants are all basing their messaging tools on technology …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Mar 2018

Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

A group of ex-Facebook and Google workers, along with venture capital execs, are campaigning to stop their former employers from further screwing up humanity. The Center for Humane Technology says its mission will be to "create a cultural awakening" of the dangers of social networking, media, and search platforms many of its …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Feb 2018
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GoPro exits drone market and slashes jobs amid sales warning

Action camera maker GoPro is exiting the consumer drone market and slashing 254 roles after issuing a sales warning. GoPro issued a sales warning for its fourth quarter results of $340m (£250m) for the three months to end of December - down 37 per cent on what it previously turned over for the same period last year. It has not …
Kat Hall, 8 Jan 2018
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Instagram's leaky API exposed celebrities' contact details

Instagram is blaming a bug in its API for the partial breach of verified users' accounts. All verified users have been notified that some of their profile data – email address and phone number – could have been viewed by one or more attackers. The Facebook-owned organisation isn't explaining any details of the API flaw, which …
Britney Spears Instagram showing C&C comment

Russian hackers and Britney Spears in one story. Are you OK, Reg?

The malware scum behind the ongoing Turla campaign have been spotted experimenting with Instagram accounts as a C&C channel. The Russian-sourced (and allegedly state-backed) Turla espionage tool has repeatedly re-emerged since its discovery in 2014. ESET has turned up a Firefox extension that implements a simple backdoor on …

Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

America's trade watchdog has warned more than 90 celebrities that they need to disclose when they are paid to promote a product – or risk facing an investigation. Among the red-faced celebs: David and Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, actresses Shay Mitchell and Vanessa Hudgens, and most of the Kardashian clan – Kourtney, her …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2017

Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

Young artists are putting down their spray cans for smartphones, and causing graffiti art to die off as a result. This according to researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, who said that as Instagram and YouTube have become more popular methods to share art, fewer young people are taking to the streets to …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Apr 2017

Facebook, Instagram: No, you can't auto-slurp our profiles (cough, cough, border officials)

Facebook and its snap-sharing app Instagram have updated their terms and conditions to bar developers from scanning profiles for surveillance purposes. On Friday a report from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) showed that border patrol officers had tried automatically scanning visa applicants' social media profiles …
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2017

Instagram phishing apps pulled from Google Play

Security researchers have discovered 13 new Instagram credential-stealing apps on Google Play. The malicious apps, which pose as tools for either managing or boosting Instagram follower numbers, are actually designed to phish for Instagram credentials. The stolen credentials allow hackers to abuse compromised accounts in order …
John Leyden, 9 Mar 2017

So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

A day after announcing it was cutting 9 per cent of its staff, Twitter has added more woes to its workers by announcing it will be closing the Vine mobile app. Twitter bought Vine back in 2012, shortly before it officially launched, and it caught on, gaining at least 200 million users and making some users internet famous. The …
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2016

Instagram open sources iOS UI crash fix

Instagram's latest open source drop is its answer to a difficult iOS bug – a UI component crashing when users scroll through updates. At the same time, its offering should shrink apps for developers trying to push updates to users, with faster diff (difference) processing. Explaining its IGListKit project, Instagram engineer …

Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

Updated Twitter has suspended its commercial relationship with a company called Geofeedia – which provides social media data to law enforcement agencies so that they can identify potential miscreants. The social media company announced the change through its Policy account on Tuesday morning following the publication of a report by …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2016

Instagram hackers add porn links and snaps to pwned accounts

Crooks have put together a smut-themed scam campaign targeting Instagram users. Affected users’ profiles have been altered with sexually suggestive imagery to lure their followers to adult dating sites, Symantec warns. Attackers changed the Instagram account pictures and biographies to material plugging x-rated sites, earning …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2016
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How to scam $750,000 out of Microsoft Office: Two-factor auth calls to premium-rate numbers

Gaming two-factor authentication systems with premium rate phone numbers can be very profitable – or it was until the flaws got reported. Belgian security researcher Arne Swinnen noticed that the authentication systems used by Facebook-owned Instagram, Google and Microsoft allow access tokens to be received by a voice call as …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2016
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Zuck covers up mic and webcam because sharing isn't always good

A PR snapshot of Mark Zuckerberg's desk has shown quite how seriously the king of the information sharing economy takes his own privacy. On Tuesday, the Behoodied One shared an at-work picture to celebrate hitting 500 million active monthly users on Instagram. But a closer look by California startup employee Chris Olson shows …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2016

Shuttered Instagram holes opened 20 million accounts to hijack

Security consultant Arne Swinnen says Instagram has shuttered brute force authentication holes that allowed hijacking of some 20 million accounts. The NVISO infosec man says an absent authentication control coupled with an insecure direct object reference vulnerability meant attackers could commandeer some four percent of …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Unicorn adopts rainbow as logo

LOGOWATCH Instagram's changed its logo. And given us a spectacular example of the astounding language Silicon Valley manges to emit when talking about itself. “The Instagram community has evolved over the past five years from a place to share filtered photos to so much more,” says Instagram's post explaining its new icon. That missive …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2016

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