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Facebook Messages May Harbour Scams, Ransomware

Facebook users have been warned to watch out for bogus links in messages that appear to be from friends. While Facebook appears to be on top of the problem for now, it's an approach that could lead to personal data being siphoned off, or computers ... locked. The problem was highlighted by security researcher Bart Parys who became aware of the problem this weekend after a tip-off from a friend. It involves Facebook messages which appear to consist only of an image but are actually a type of file called SVG (scalable vector graphics). 'YouTube' Video Next Step In Scam Normally such ... (view more)

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Facebook Membership: India to Surpass US Soon

There's no denying the distinctly American origins of Facebook: it was the brainchild of Harvard students and its 'trial by fire' was a monumental court case between its founders. For some, there's nothing more American than either attending an Ivy ... League school or angry litigation. That's why it's worth noting that America's Facebook membership could soon be eclipsed by the number of Facebook users in rising Asian superpower, India. India's Facebook Membership Rapidly Accelerating In a recent interview, leading Gartner research analyst Shalini Verma insisted that India's steady economic ... (view more)

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Facebook Unveils Music Sharing Feature

Facebook has unveiled a new feature that allows users of the popular social networking site to share their favorite music with other users. Called "Listen With Friends," the feature supports online social groups oriented toward music-listening. "You ... can listen to the same song, at the exact same time," explained Facebook product designer, Alexandre Roche. "So when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you're jamming out at a performance or dance club." (Source: pcmag.com ) Spotify, Rdio Key to Listen With Friends The new system ... (view more)

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100M Facebook Profiles Leaked on Pirate Bay, Searchable

Prompted by questionable privacy features , the first "Quit Facebook Day" (May 31st) passed without much fanfare. However, the social networking site's critics might have more to work with now that a security consultant has released data for 100 ... million users on The Pirate Bay, a torrent-based website infamous for software piracy. Ron Bowes is the security consultant behind the massive leak. He told the BBC that he was able to compile an enormous bounty of Facebook user details as part of a test of the Ncrack network authentication program. (Source: crn.com ) 100 Million Accounts Searchable ... (view more)

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Security Experts Warn of New 'Likejacking' Scam

Facebook users are once again being warned of a new online scam designed to send unsolicited messages to all of their friends via the social network site. The warning comes from Sophos, a well-trusted security developer and vendor of anti-virus, ... anti-spyware and anti-spam software. Sophos announced that "hundreds of thousands" of Facebook users have already been duped by what is being referred to as the "likejacking" scam. The most common form of the likejacking reported by victims starts with a message carrying the tagline "This man takes a picture of himself EVERYDAY for 8 YEARS!" The ... (view more)

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Facebook Application Pays Members

Social networking sites that connect millions of users are increasingly the target of creative marketing strategies concocted by independent businesses. Facebook, with its 67million users is amongst the largest potential market available to these ... schemes. Until now, most marketing strategies entailed advertising on social networking sites, either directly or through proxy users. However, Denver-based bSocial Networks has introduced a new marketing strategy that attempts to use Facebook applications to generate sales. The company claims that this is "the first consumer-to-consumer (C2C) ... (view more)

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Facebook Fears Flourish

And now for a report that is sure to surprise no one but stimulate many: Facebook users expose themselves to identity theft and virus attacks. Wagging their fingers on this one is Sophos, a well-known web security company based in Boston, MA. Sophos ... has even gone so far as to set up their own fake account, in order to develop some interesting insights on the Facebook phenomenon. Although still trailing long-time society site MySpace, Facebook is one of the fastest-growing pages on the 'net. It allows a user to create his or her own mini-site, invite chums to become their online "friends" (it ... (view more)

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