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Facebook’s Recent Big Hack Was Reportedly Caused by Spammers
October 19, 2018 12:00 am|Comments (0)

Facebook’s recent hack that affected around 30 million people may have been caused by spammers, rather than entities tied to certain nation states.

That’s according to a report on Thursday by The Wall Street Journal citing anonymous sources familiar with the social networking giant’s investigation of the hack. The report said that the group responsible for the attack on Facebook’s software infrastructure was a collection of spammers that Facebook security members have been following for an unspecified amount of time.

The spammers posed as an unnamed digital marketing company, the report said.

Facebook declined to confirm if the hack was caused by spammers.

“We are cooperating with the FBI on this matter.” Facebook vice president of product management Guy Rosen said in a statement to Fortune. “The FBI is actively investigating and have asked us not to discuss who may be behind this attack.”

Facebook first revealed the hack, likely the company’s biggest in its history, in late September and originally said that around 50 million people may have been affected. A few weeks later, however, Facebook lowered the number of people it believed were impacted to 30 million, many of whom had sensitive data like email addresses, phone numbers, relationship status, and birth-dates compromised.

Executives at the company told reporters that the attackers were likely sophisticated because they were able to discover three separate bugs within Facebook’s large software infrastructure. After discovering how the software flaws were interrelated, the hackers were able to launch an attack.

Facebook said it discovered the attack on Sept. 14 and remedied the situation on Sept. 27.

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The major hack came just months after Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, which also compromised user data but was not technically a hack. That data blunder had to do with an academic who built a Facebook quiz app to collect user data, and then sold that information, against Facebook’s data policies, to the Cambridge Analytica political consulting firm.

Facebook’s security researchers typically say that much of the company’s work safeguarding its systems is intended to help reduce the prevalence of spam and related malicious activities on the social network. With the plague of fake news generated by bad actors allegedly trying to influence the U.S. and other world elections, Facebook has said that much of its security efforts are also being heavily directed at preventing propaganda from spreading on its various services.

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Salesforce Reportedly Considering Buying Twitter
October 1, 2016 5:05 pm|Comments (0)

People want to know: How could a news-messaging cloud service augment the Salesforce core business of customer-relationship management?


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Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account reportedly hacked, with thousands of private photos stolen
September 26, 2016 4:46 am|Comments (0)

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Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, has had her iCloud account hacked and thousands of private photographs stolen, according to The Independent.

The information retrieved is believed to include personal photos of the royal family and of Middleton with her fiancé James Matthews.

The publication noted Middleton’s lawyers confirmed her account has been accessed and that her and Matthews have requested their privacy to be respected. 

The royal correspondent for the Daily Mail reported that 3,000 photos had been taken from Middleton’s account and a person going by the name “mas” was attempting to sell them to media organizations.  Read more…

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The iPhone 7 Plus is reportedly “hissing” at owners
September 18, 2016 11:25 am|Comments (0)


Reports have surfaced that the iPhone 7 Plus makes an audible hissing noise whenever under intense strain. The first person to point out the defect was Stephen Hackett, of the blog 512 Pixels. He first noticed the defect while restoring his phone from iCloud. Hackett eventually realized that the noise wasn’t coming from the speaker, but rather from the logic board itself. You can hear what it sounds like in the video below. Other people have identified the same defect as Hackett’s on their devices, including former Apple PR worker and TechCrunch author Darrell Etherington. @panzer @ismh brand new, just-unboxed doing…

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Daily Mail reportedly exploring bid to acquire Yahoo
April 10, 2016 11:45 pm|Comments (0)

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Last week, Yahoo extended the deadline for potential bidders to submit their proposals to acquire the Silicon Valley company. Already reports have surfaced companies like Verizon and Google seeking to make a move, but today it seems that the parent company of the U.K.-based Daily Mail is in talks with private equity firms to make its own bid for Yahoo.

Things are getting interesting.

The Wall Street Journal reports that if the Daily Mail actually submits a bid, it could take one of two forms: A private equity partner would acquire Yahoo’s core web business with the Daily Mail taking over the news and media properties; or the private equity partner would acquire Yahoo’s core web business and merge the media and news properties into the Daily Mail’s online operations.

Reports indicate that there have been as many as 40 firms that have expressed an interest in what Yahoo has to offer, but how many are actually serious remains unknown. Time Inc. is perhaps one of the few known publication and media companies to be contemplating a bid, which could strike some similarities with the Daily Mail’s plans.

Yahoo has been spending its time focusing on how to sell its core internet business since December. After some shareholders flip-flopped on whether the company should spin out its Alibaba holdings into a standalone company, the remaining option was to part with Yahoo’s core business. During its Q4 2016 earnings, the firm revealed that it was implementing an “aggressive strategic plan” to simplify itself, hopefully in a move to make it more enticing to potential buyers. As a result 15 percent of its workforce was being let go, making up 9,000 employees and fewer than 1,000 contractors.

According to documents obtained by Re/code, the financial situation at Yahoo isn’t that great. It’s said that revenue at the company is dropping close to 15 percent and earnings by over 20 percent. So while there are people contemplating bids, the real test will be to see which ones don’t balk at the seemingly dire circumstances Yahoo finds itself in and remain adamant that they can use its offerings.

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