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Over 110k Facebook users infected by porn-disguised Trojan

Over 110k Facebook users infected by porn-disguised Trojan

More than 110,000 Facebook users accidentally installed malicious software over a recent two-day period, a security researcher says, allowing their computers to become infected with a dangerous porn-disguised Trojan that lets hackers take control. According to a warning sent out to the Full Disclosure mailing list last Thursday by the researcher, Mohammad Faghani, social networking […]

‘Hostile to privacy’: Snowden urges internet users to get rid of Dropbox

‘Hostile to privacy’: Snowden urges internet users to get rid of Dropbox

Edward Snowden has hit out at Dropbox and other services he says are “hostile to privacy,” urging web users to abandon unencrypted communication and adjust privacy settings to prevent governments from spying on them in increasingly intrusive ways. “We are no longer citizens, we no longer have leaders. We’re subjects, and we have rulers,” Snowden […]

US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

The United States government is tracking as many as 300 Americans supposedly fighting with Islamic State, the jihadist group with a heavy presence in parts of Syria and Iraq, according to senior US officials. Washington is worried that radicalized foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned […]

New Snowden leak: NSA is monitoring the Internet histories of millions of Americans

New Snowden leak: NSA is monitoring the Internet histories of millions of Americans

The National Security Agency is collecting information on the Internet habits of millions of innocent Americans never suspected of criminal involvement, new NSA documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden suggest. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported Monday that top-secret documents included in the trove of files supplied by the NSA contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden reveal that […]

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day? The government is likely logging even the most mundane day-to-day computer habits of millions of Americans, but there’s a way to stand up against surveillance while also rocking out. According to leaked NSA documents published by The Guardian last week, the United States National Security […]

Student jailed for three weeks awaiting trial over Facebook posts

Student jailed for three weeks awaiting trial over Facebook posts

A Boston-area teenager remains in custody on $1 million bond nearly one month after being arrested over what he said on the Internet. Eighteen-year-old Cameron B. D’Ambrosio of Methuen, Massachusetts was arrested on May 1 after police were alerted to “disturbing verbiage” on his personal Facebook page discovered by a fellow student at Methuen High […]

Facebook knows your secrets: ‘Likes’ reveal users’ personality

Facebook knows your secrets: ‘Likes’ reveal users’ personality

Facebook’s ‘like’ button can reveal more than you realize, a new study has showed. By liking posts and links, you may be revealing personal secrets, like your sexuality or religious and political views. The findings have raised privacy concerns. A study by the National Academy of Sciences examined 58,000 Facebook users in the US, who […]

Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat

Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat

US defense giant Raytheon has developed a controversial software that uses social networking sites to track your movements, able to predict where a person will be and their future behavior. The program has drawn criticism from civil rights groups. A video obtained exclusively by The Guardian shows how software developed by the US defense contractor […]

250,000 Twitter accounts compromised in sophisticated cyber attack

250,000 Twitter accounts compromised in sophisticated cyber attack

Twitter has become the latest target of a sophisticated cyber attack, with around 250,000 accounts exposed. The breach appears to be the latest in a string of attacks on news content sites that’s being blamed on Chinese hackers. In its blog, Twitter has announced that it has detected “unusual access” patterns to user’s data and one live […]