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Momentum builds to strengthen FTC's role as privacy enforcer, though hurdles remain

by Tonya Riley • 3 days ago

The agency is poised for a reboot.

Facebook says it will step up efforts to stop coordinated campaigns that cause harm

by Tonya Riley • 6 days ago

The new policies directly build on Facebook's security work cracking down on inauthentic coordinated behavior.

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption to chat backups, locking up data in the cloud

by Tonya Riley • 2 weeks ago

The feature gives users a safer way to back up messages.

A spyware app designed to monitor Kurdish targets attracted more than 1,400 downloads

by Jeff Stone • 2 weeks ago

The identity of the spies remains unclear, though the hacking tool is capable of collecting vast amounts of data.

Pro-Beijing operatives used social media to try promoting NYC protest

by Tonya Riley • 2 weeks ago

China's efforts to sway online opinions in its favor have ramped up.

Under fire from privacy advocates, Apple delays controversial photo scanning plan

by Tim Starks • 3 weeks ago

The company said it plans to make improvements to the controversial features.

FBI warns of 'large increase' in sextortion attacks, with $8 million in reported losses in 2021

by Jeff Stone • 3 weeks ago

The FBI bulletin confirms what many cybercrime researchers may have already feared: Sextortion scams are prevalent, and profitable.

WhatsApp hit with $267 million GDPR fine for bungling user privacy disclosure

by Tonya Riley • 3 weeks ago

Facebook is appealing the decision.

Hackers exploit WhatsApp modification tool to snoop on texts, force paid subscriptions

by Tim Starks • 4 weeks ago

Getting "improved" features via modded software might come with security downgrades.

Facebook, other platforms scramble to secure user accounts in Afghanistan

by Tonya Riley • 1 month ago

They're still struggling to moderate the Taliban's presence on their platforms, however.