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Tag: Social Media

Agents racing to save girl had one blurred clue

Washington (CNN) — Federal agents watched in horror as an unknown man in an internet photo appealed for stomach-churning advice — how to rape the child beside him. The girl was in pajamas and the man appeared intent on abusing her sometime soon. Homeland Security agents knew they were in a race against time to…
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Malware Alert: “Hey User Your Facebook Account Has Been Closed!”

(Softpedia) Security experts from Avast! have come across an interesting malware distribution spam campaign that exploits Facebook’s popularity.  It all starts with emails entitled “Hey <name> your Facebook account has been closed!” or “Hi <name> your Facebook account is blocked!” The bogus Facebook emails instruct users to download and execute an attachment to unlock their…
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Tor to blame for its users being unable to access Facebook

(SC Magazine) Reports emerged Tuesday morning that the anonymity software Tor was blocking users from connecting to Facebook. It turns out the social networking site wasn’t purposely barring access for Tor users, but flagging the service due to malicious activity on its network. “Facebook is not blocking Tor deliberately,” the Tor Project wrote in a blog post. “However, a high volume of malicious activity…
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Guccifer hacks U.S. nuclear security agency chief

(Help Net Security) The hacker that goes by the online moniker “Guccifer” continues his crusade agains U.S. current and former government officials, and his latest victim is Neile Miller, acting administrator of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Miller was named principal deputy administrator of the NNSA in 2010 and has become the acting administrator…
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While working for spies, Snowden was secretly prolific online

(Reuters) – While working for U.S. intelligence agencies, Edward Snowden had another secret identity: an online commentator who anonymously railed against citizen surveillance and corporate greed. Throughout the eight years that Snowden worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency contractors, he posted hundreds of messages on a public Internet forum under a…
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“You’re Pretty—You Could Make Some Money”

(Washingtonian) by Marisa M. Kashino – In the affluent Northern Virginia suburbs, a shocking problem has taken root: Police and federal agents have taken down dozens of juvenile sex traffickers in the last two years alone. Here’s how one gang recruited teenagers through Facebook, at Metro stations and shopping malls—even in the halls of Fairfax…
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NSA revelations could push terrorists to other channels

CSO— Public disclosure of the National Security Agency’s wide-ranging surveillance programs is likely to cause terrorists to increase their use of social media and other hard-to-track Internet channels, experts say. Documents leaked to news media by an NSA contractor revealed last week that the intelligence agency was gathering massive amounts of customer data from telephone…
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New leak shows feds can access user accounts for Google, Facebook and more

(Ars Technica) It’s worse than we thought. Just one day after disclosing the existence of a secret court order between the National Security Agency (NSA) and Verizon, The Guardian and The Washington Post both published secret presentation slides revealing the existence of a previously undisclosed massive surveillance program called PRISM. The program has the capability…
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‘Syrian Electronic Army’ fails to crack Israeli water system

(The Register) Attempts purportedly made by pro-Assad hacktivists to attack water systems in northern Israel have failed, recent reports reveal. The Syrian Electronic Army have more or less cornered the market in attacks on high-profile media accounts on Twitter over recent months with attacks on the BBC, The Guardian, AP and others. Two victims –…
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