Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s security teams are staying busy. All three companies reported this week that they had removed malicious items from their platforms that had originated in Iran — Facebook took down 652 Pages, groups and accounts, Twitter removed 284 accounts and Google disabled a total 42 YouTube channels, 16 Google+ accounts, six Blogger accounts and three Gmail accounts. Twitter disclosed minimal information about the accounts it removed, only sharing the following tweets from the @TwitterSafety handle: As with prior investigations, we are committed to engaging with other companies and relevant law enforcement entities. Our goal is to assist investigations into these activities and where possible, we will provide the public with transparency and context on our efforts. — Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) August 22, 2018 Facebook and Google gave more information around the malicious activity they discovered on their platforms, with Facebook offering up examples of pos..
48 million people put at risk after firm that scraped info from social networks left it exposed for anyone to download
Chances are that you’ve never heard of Washington-based data firm LocalBlox. But that doesn’t mean that they haven’t heard of you. And it doesn’t mean that your personal information hasn’t been recklessly exposed through their sloppy disregard for the most basic security. As Zack Whittaker of ZDNet reports, Localblox scooped up information from the personal profiles of some 48 million users of social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and real-estate site Zillow without their consent. The data LocalBlox collated included names, email addresses, dates of birth, postal addresses, and even – in some cases – individuals’ net worth. LocalBlox then consolidated that sensitive information into a single unencrypted file over 1.2 terabytes in size, and placed it on an Amazon S3 bucket. If you’ve been following past data breaches you can probably guess the worst part of this story – you didn’t need a password to access LocalBlox’s Amazon S3 bucket, meaning anybody in the world could ..