Canada's privacy commissioner is taking Facebook to court to try to force the social network to make specific changes to its privacy practices. The regulator has no power to issue fines or binding orders, meaning it must petition the federal court to force Facebook to make changes.
Facebook scientists have proposed using "radioactive data" watermarks to identify when online images get used to train neural networks. The proposal appears to be aimed at the rise of big data startups, such as Clearview AI, that are scraping publicly available photographs to create facial recognition tools.
Twitter says it has fixed an API problem that would have allowed someone to match phone numbers en masse to corresponding accounts, which could potentially unmask anonymous users. The flaw could have been found and exploited by state-sponsored actors, the social media firm warns.
The government of India is testing a new instant messaging service for government officials to help ensure the confidentiality of official communications and prevent the leaking of sensitive information.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the ramifications of the U.K's decision to allow limited use of Huawei's equipment in 5G networks. Plus: Updates on Wawa's stolen card data offered for sale and nascent security threats from social networks and drones.
Still stinging from efforts by foreign powers to influence the 2016 presidential election, the FBI is determined to keep the 2020 election tamper-free. Elvis Chan from the FBI's San Francisco office shares insights into the election defense strategy.
When he was CEO of RSA, Art Coviello warned global security leaders about cyber warfare among nation-states. What he didn't anticipate was how quickly social media would rise, enabling adversaries to weaponize misinformation. How does this impact his 2020 outlook?
Fake news, fake accounts - even fake food. Gartner analyst Avivah Litan is concerned about the onslaught of "fake everything" and how it undermines the trust upon which enterprises are built. In this 2020 preview, Litan discusses emerging technologies to combat the fakes.
Victims of a massive 2018 Facebook data breach can continue a class-action lawsuit to try and force the social network to maintain "reasonable" information security practices, a federal judge has ruled. But he dismissed the plaintiff's attempt to receive monetary compensation for the breach.
Twitter users no longer have to supply a phone number in order to use two-step verification for authentication. The move will better protect accounts from SIM hijacking attempts and also means users don't have to sacrifice some of their privacy to enable a security feature.
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has sent letters to the State Department and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey raising concerns about the insider breach at the social media platform and the role that Saudi Arabia is playing in manipulating American tech firms to crack down on dissidents.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an in-depth analysis of whether Instagram is doing enough to protect the contact information of minors. Plus: Compliance updates on GDPR and PCI DSS.
In June, I wrote an in-depth story about how millions of Instagram users worldwide under 18 years old were exposing their email addresses, phone numbers or both. Instagram has finally made a change to address the issue - but it doesn't go far enough.
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged three men with perpetrating a campaign to infiltrate Twitter and spy on critics of the Saudi government. Two of the suspects formerly worked for Twitter, allegedly feeding details to Saudi handlers that could be used to identify and locate critics of the Saudi regime.
Senior government officials in at least 20 countries, including the U.S. and India, were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook's WhatsApp to take over users' phones, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the messaging company's investigation.