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Activists claim purge of Facebook pages

“Activists are claiming that dozens of politically linked Facebook accounts have been removed or suspended by the company in the last 12 hours.

The list of suspended pages include those for the anti cuts group UK Uncut, and pages that were created by students during last December’s university occupations.

It is not yet known how many websites have been affected in total or why they are not working. Facebook is currently looking into the issue.”

From The Guardian

An end to phone hacking? New software aimed at the celebrity market can ‘repel’ attacks

“Owners of mobile smartphones are set to be protected from hackers by revolutionary software that has been developed by a British firm specializing in computer security.

The firm – called Lolla (lolla.org.uk) – will also offer a bespoke service to celebrities who fear their phones may have been targeted by hackers. ‘The new software allows us to repel hacks to mobile phones, as well as encrypt voice and text between protected devices,’ explained a spokesman for Lolla.

A premium version of this service is being aimed at the A-list and celebrity market. For a monthly fee – yet to be announced – the firm guarantee that their security team monitors a phone and computer system for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

From Daily Mail

Cyber criminals are targeting your smartphone

“You know the dangers of identity theft and make sure that you shred old bills and receipts before dumping them in the trash, but how do you protect your Smartphone? Since your Blackberry, Android or iPhone device is capable of a whole range of conveniences – browsing the Internet, online purchasing and banking – your Smartphone is actually a pocket-sized holder of all the sensitive information you’ve been trying so hard to keep from prying eyes.

Recent studies have found that modern users aren’t nearly as careful with a phone as they should be, particularly if it’s used for these types of activities. A recent report by CPP found that 54% of second-hand phones contained personal data such as text messages, emails and bank details –a wakeup call for consumers. Loss or theft is a common concern as well, and without sufficient protection, a stranger can easily grab web site logins, passwords and credit card details that can be used to carry out transactions and register for services in your name.”

From Blast

FBI probes of some cyber attacks face troubles

“(Reuters) – FBI agents have had trouble investigating cyber attacks involving national security because they lack the needed technical expertise or are often transferred or diverted to other cases, according to a government report released on Wednesday.

Sensitive government computer networks are under regular attack from hackers seeking to steal classified material or to cripple critical operations. About 19 percent of the FBI’s cyber agents focus on national security cases. However, some cyber agents complained they did not have the proper experience to investigate such cases, were assigned to other matters or were rotated between offices too often, according to a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.”

From Reuters

A storm forming in the computing cloud

“Mickey McManus thinks we could be putting ourselves at risk of an economic and information “catastrophe” thanks to our growing reliance on the much-hyped computing cloud.

Just today, popular websites like Foursquare and Reddit crashed when a data centre run by Amazon experienced problems.”

From The Globe and Mail

An App For Stalkers: ‘Creepy’ Geo-Locates Based On Social Networking Activity

“Yiannis Kakavas, a 26-year-old Greek graduate student at Germany’s Technischen Universität Darmstadt, has spent his tenure in academia studying such privacy issues, and is currently completing his thesis on critical infrastructure protection. Vehement about the importance of information security, Kakavas created a fascinating app tailor-made for stalkers: “Creepy” is a cautionary prophecy against the gradual diminishment of privacy in today’s digital age.

Described by Kakavas as a “geolocation information aggregator”, Creepy analyzes a user’s tweets, Facebook posts, and Flickr stream, generating a map of where that person is, as well as the specific locations they frequent. Though the notion of creating such an app may sound creepy in and of itself, Kakavas points out in an interview with tech site Thinq_, that if Creepy works, it’s the fault of the user.”

From The Huffpost Technology

“Anonymous” attacks Sony to protest PS3 hacker lawsuit

“The hacker hordes of Anonymous have transferred their fickle attention to Sony. They are currently attacking the company’s online Playstation store in retribution for Sony’s lawsuit against PS3 hacker George Hotz (aka “GeoHot”). A denial of service attack has temporarily taken down playstation.com.

While most Anonymous attacks remain online-only hacks or protests, Operation Sony will feature a real world component. On April 16, Anonymous wants people to gather at their local Sony stores to complain in person.”

From Ars Technica

Spammers Using Facebook Events to Trick Users

“Spammers are using Facebook Events to trick users into completing online surveys, taking part in online contests and perform other tasks which allow spammers to generate commissions.

According to multiple security firms, spammers using Facebook Events to promote their links have been highly successful in their efforts to dupe unsuspecting users thus far. According to a report from TrendMicro,”tens of thousands” of users had mistakenly registered for one spammer’s event. Meanwhile, Sophos found an example where over 10 million Facebook users had been targeted, and over 165,000 had accepted.”

From The New York Times

Google Introduces New Social Tool and Settles Privacy Charge

“Google is trying social networking again, even as it pays a price for earlier privacy blunders.

Google introduced its latest social tool on Wednesday, the same day it settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges of deceptive privacy practices last year for Buzz, the social networking tool in Gmail.

Under the settlement, Google agreed to start a privacy program, permit audits for 20 years and face $16,000 fines for any future privacy misrepresentations. This is the first time the F.T.C. has charged a company with such violations and ordered it to start a privacy program, the commission said.”

From The New York Times

TripAdvisor email list hacked, passwords secure

“TripAdvisor said Thursday that hackers had stolen a portion of the online travel site’s email list and warned members of the possibility of receiving junk mail messages.

“This past weekend we discovered that an unauthorized third party had stolen part of TripAdvisor’s member email list,” co-founder and chief executive Steve Kaufer said in a message to members.”

From Bangkok Post