Ars Technica: Researchers unearth 74 Facebook cybercrime groups with 385,000 members. “Add spam, phishing, and payment-card fraud to the scourges Facebook helps foster. The company is already under the microscope for the role it plays in spreading disinformation promoting white nationalism, conspiracy theories, and opposition to life-saving vaccinations. Now, a report published Friday says Facebook also helps criminals peddle a variety of cybercrime services.”
BBC: Russia police probe ‘dark net’ murder case. “Police in Russia are investigating what could be the world’s first documented case of a contract killing ordered via the so-called dark net. High-ranking police investigator Yevgeniya Shishkina was shot dead outside her home near Moscow in October 2018.”
Washington Post: HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination over its targeted advertising platform. “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday it is alleging that Facebook’s targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by ‘encouraging, enabling, and causing’ unlawful discrimination by restricting who can view housing ads.” This was a developing story when I found it so there’s not much there as I include it. But I think it’s important and I’m sure it’ll be expanded.
The Register: Office Depot, OfficeMax, Support.com cough up $35m after charging folks millions in ‘fake’ malware cleanup fees. “Office Depot and Support.com have coughed up $35m after they were accused of lying to people that their PCs were infected with malware in order to charge them cleanup fees.”
Reuters: Lithuanian pleads guilty in U.S. to massive fraud against Google, Facebook. “A Lithuanian man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to U.S. charges that he helped orchestrate a scheme to defraud Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google out of more than $100 million, federal prosecutors announced.”
Xinhua: Database of Australian hate crimes gathering support after Christchurch attack. “Australia’s Opposition Leader has backed calls for the creation of a national database of hate crimes following the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.”
The Atlantic: Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend. “A terrorist attack in New Zealand cast new blame on how technology platforms police content. But global internet services were designed to work this way, and there might be no escape from their grip.”