Instagram User Information May Have Been Available To Hackers

Do you have an Instagram account? If so, be advised that David Stier (a business consultant and researcher for CNET) has recently discovered a flaw in Instagram’s website that exposed thousands of users’ email addresses and phone numbers for a period of more than a month. Mr. Stier provided screen shots and other details to Instagram demonstrating that when the …

Email Providers Found To Have Signature Vulnerabilities

A team of security researchers have uncovered a serious flaw in several major email clients you need to be aware of. The flaw allows hackers to fake verified signatures, which gives their phishing and other email-based attacks the appearance of legitimacy.   According to research conducted by the team, the following email clients are vulnerable to this exploit: Thunderbird Apple …

Twitter Will Soon Release New Features With Update

Twitter recently announced the addition of a new “Hide Replies” feature, which will give the platform’s users a bit more control over conversations that stem from the tweets they make. Twitter Senior Product Manager Michelle Yasmeen Haq had this to say about the new addition: “With this feature, the person who started a conversation could choose to hide replies to …

Issue With Internet Explorer Could Affect Most PC Users

Are you still surfing the web with Internet Explorer?  If so, you’re not alone.  Four years after Microsoft announced Edge as its successor, the company’s old browser still has a few stubborn holdouts who continue to use it for various reasons. Unfortunately, security experts keep finding critical security flaws in the code that make it something of a ticking time …

Facebook Admits To Accessing Email Contacts

Facebook can’t seem to stay out of its own way.  Recently, the social media giant has made headlines on a regular basis, and seldom for anything good or groundbreaking.  Not long ago, the company found itself in the midst of a controversy when it came to light that they were asking people for their email account passwords, claiming that it …

MySpace Permanently Lost Large Amounts Of User Data

Are you or were you a MySpace user?  If so, we have bad news. The struggling company recently announced that when they attempted to migrate all user data to new servers, something in the process went wrong. As a result, massive amounts of user data was lost. The only way to describe the loss is catastrophic, with the company reporting …

Millions Of Facebook Usernames And Passwords Stored By Accident

Are you a Facebook user?  If you are, it may be time to change your password.  KrebsOnSecurity recently reported that it found hundreds of millions of Facebook user account names and passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than twenty-thousand Facebook employees. At present, there is no official count, but Facebook says the total number of records was between …

Creator Of Popular Kids App Fined For Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission just issued an enormous fine to a Chinese app developer for illegally collecting the personal data of the children who used it. The company was handed a staggering $5.7 million fine when the FTC filed a complaint alleging that the video-sharing app was in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Their mistake was that …

Social Media Is Big Business For Criminals

The rise of Social Media has been a game changer for businesses around the world, creating opportunities for customer engagement that were previously unimaginable.  Unfortunately, business owners aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of Social Media.  The hackers of the world are in on the game too, and for them, Social Media represents a giant piggy bank that they’ve …

New Malware Is Coming Through Messaging Apps

As if your stressed IT staff didn’t have enough to deal with, there’s a new threat to be on the lookout for. Researchers at the antivirus company Avast have discovered a new strain of malware that can spread by way of Skype and Facebook Messenger spam messages. The malware, called “Rietspoof” is described as a multi-stage malware strain. It was …