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May
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Hackers Intercept, Infect Hotmail Emails

A security firm reports that hackers have intercepted email messages from Hotmail user accounts after manipulating a bug found deeply rooted within Microsoft's website. While security officials admitted that victims needed to be logged into Hotmail ... for the attack to work, the virus was also found to affect those that had previewed the message for a short period of time before logging out. Attack Source: Cross-Site Scripting Flaw (XSS) The source of the attack was revealed to be a common web programming error called a cross-site scripting flaw . As security firm Trend Micro explained in a ... (view more)

Fri
27
May
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New 'Cookiejacking' Threat Hits Internet Explorer

An Italian security researcher has found a new security flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser that could allow hackers to steal login information and passwords. The threat comes in the form of a 'cookiejacking' scheme (related to session ... hijacking ), which allows hackers to review website history and then use that to enter protected domains. Rosario Valotta recently demonstrated his cookingjacking findings at security conferences in Switzerland and Amsterdam. He acknowledged that exploiting the flaw isn't particularly easy, requiring a hacker to convince an online user to drag and ... (view more)

Mon
23
May
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Kids Should Be Allowed on Facebook, Says CEO

Should kids be allowed to use Facebook? Facebook Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg doesn't see anything wrong with it, despite concerns that they might be exploited through a social networking platform known for its controversial privacy ... policies. 7.5 Million Kids Under 13 Already Use Facebook Zuckerberg took on the issue at the recent NewSchools Summit, where a Consumer Reports finding that approximately 7.5 million kids under 13 had lied about their age in order to create Facebook accounts was at the center of much discussion. In a presentation, Zuckerberg revealed that he ... (view more)

Thu
12
May
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Facebook Scam Swindles Woman for $366K

A woman from Malaysia was recently cajoled out of $366,000 by a Facebook con artist, according to reports. And while several arrests have been made, most of the cash remains at large. Overseas 'British Citizen' in Need of Bank Account The man behind ... the scheme allegedly told the woman he was a British citizen in need of access to a bank account in order to cash in a $1.53 million contract with Malaysia's national oil and gas company, Petronas. Here was the kicker: the man in question said he couldn't afford the service and insurance charges associated with the agreement, and was looking for ... (view more)

Tue
03
May
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Soured Acquisition Leads to Groupon-Like Google Offers

Google plans to launch its own deal-of-the-day service, one quite similar to that offered by Groupon. The search giant has officially launched a beta test of Google Offers, which is designed to give those who sign up for the service daily discounts ... at local restaurants, shops and other attractions. According to the Google Offers sign-up page, members can expect coupons for 50 per cent or more off regular price goods and services. Groupon Turns Down Google Offer Google Offers surfaces mere months after Groupon turned down an acquisition offer from Google. As of last November, various reports ... (view more)

Tue
19
Apr
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Facebook Not Protecting Users Enough: Report

Do you feel safe using Facebook? Given the social networking site's incredible growth in previous years, it would appear most people do. But one prominent security company says the site should do a whole lot more to protect its millions of users, ... and has made three major suggestions for beefing up Facebook's privacy shields. The suggestions include: Introduce major adjustments to the default privacy settings so that user data cannot be shared in any circumstance unless they give express consent. (Right now, people have to seek out and adjust these settings to keep people from snooping ... (view more)

Tue
12
Apr
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Facebook Twins 'Stuck' With $160M Deal, Judge Rules

Two of the men who claim they (and not Mark Zuckerberg) created Facebook have failed in a bid to increase a previous settlement. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are stuck with the original court ruling awarding the men $20 million plus 1.25 million ... shares in the social networking firm. Twins Sue Zuckerberg for Facebook Rights As memorably depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie The Social Network, the twins sued after alleging that fellow Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, who they had hired to create a similar networking website, had unfairly stolen the idea to set up his own enterprise. Although ... (view more)

Fri
08
Apr
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Teen 'Facebook Depression' Problematic, Says Expert

Following a recent report that found the people with the most Facebook friends tend to be those with the most anxiety, pediatricians are now warning parents to keep tabs on their teens' use of social networking sites, and to be vigilant in searching ... out "Facebook depression". About a month ago Edinburgh Napier University released a study which suggests that many Facebook users associated a great deal of anxiety with using the site, from rejecting 'friend requests' to navigating stressful social circles. Researchers went as far as associating Facebook use to gambling in some situations. In the ... (view more)

Wed
30
Mar
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Second Facebook Search Box Likely Malware

A myriad of different brand-specific search boxes have been embedded in the most popular social media and entertainment websites in recent years, so it should come as little surprise that one of the most popular social networks, Facebook, would ... decide to implement one on their main page as well. But the company is bewildered by the latest presence of a second search box, dubbed "Search the Web", which is leading many to believe that the feature could potentially lead to the spread of malware. Facebook news blog AllFacebook was the first to report on the issue, after a number of ... (view more)

Mon
28
Mar
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Microsoft Makes 'Most Ethical Companies' List

To the surprise of many, Microsoft finished well in a recent World's Most Ethical Companies award list, recently unveiled by the Ethisphere Institute. Ethisphere is a think tank whose mandate is to improve standards for business ethics. It looked at ... 110 different companies, some being nominated by the Institute and others applying for nomination. A number of the firms included in the list are from the software industry, including Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec, Teradata Corp and Salesforce.com. Hitachi Data Systems was a winner in the computer hardware category, with other notable mentions ... (view more)

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