Meta fined €265m over data protection breach that hit more than 500m users

Facebook’s owner has been fined €265m (£230m) by the Irish data watchdog after a breach that resulted in the details of more than 500 million users being published online. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) said Meta had infringed two articles Read More …

Meta links US military to fake social media influence campaigns

In its latest quarterly threat report, Meta said it had detected and disrupted influence operations originating in the US, and it calls out those it believes are responsible: the American military. Meta said it picked up on three major covert Read More …

Oops, web trackers may have leaked 3 million patients’ info

A hospital network in Wisconsin and Illinois fears visitor tracking code on its websites may have transmitted personal information on as many as 3 million patients to Meta, Google, and other third parties. Advocate Aurora Health (AAH) reported the potential Read More …

New PHP information-stealing malware targets Facebook accounts

A new Ducktail phishing campaign is spreading a never-before-seen Windows information-stealing malware written in PHP used to steal Facebook accounts, browser data, and cryptocurrency wallets. Ducktail phishing campaigns were first revealed by researchers from WithSecure in July 2022, who linked Read More …

Meta dismantles massive Russian network spoofing Western news sites

Meta says it took down an extensive network of Facebook and Instagram accounts pushing disinformation published on more than 60 websites that spoofed multiple legitimate news sites across Europe. This influence network mainly targeted Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine, and the Read More …

Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

The Pentagon has ordered a sweeping audit of how it conducts clandestine information warfare after major social media companies identified and took offline fake accounts suspected of being run by the U.S. military in violation of the platforms’ rules. Colin Read More …

Twitter, Meta kill hundreds of pro-Western troll accounts

Well known for an abundance of anti-western troll accounts and propaganda, Twitter and Meta are reporting that they’ve taken down nearly 200 accounts that, for the past five years, have been amplifying pro-Western messages in the Middle East and Central Read More …

Vietnamese attacker circumvents Facebook security with ‘DUCKTAIL’ malware

Security vendor WithSecure, which was spun out in March 2022 as F-Secure’s enterprise security arm, claims it’s found malware that targets Facebook Business accounts. “The threat actor targets individuals and employees that may have access to a Facebook Business account Read More …