Wired: NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

Wired: NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy. “The phony Facebook pages looked just like the real thing. They were designed to mimic pages that service members use to connect. One appeared to be geared toward a large-scale, military exercise in Europe and was populated by a handful of accounts that appeared to be real service members. In reality, both the pages and the accounts were created and operated by researchers at NATO’s Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, a research group that’s affiliated with NATO.”

The Hacker News: How to Hack Facebook Accounts? Just Ask Your Targets to Open a Link

The Hacker News, with a side of “good grief” (this issue has been fixed, though): How to Hack Facebook Accounts? Just Ask Your Targets to Open a Link. “It’s 2019, and just clicking on a specially crafted URL would have allowed an attacker to hack your Facebook account without any further interaction. A security researcher discovered a critical cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the most popular social media platform that could have been allowed attackers to hijack Facebook accounts by simply tricking the targeted users into clicking on a link.”

‘Do the right thing’: ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Do the right thing’: ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers. “Silicon Valley activists have launched a whistleblower campaign to help workers organize against ‘unethical tech’, including ads on social media platforms targeting the employees of those companies.”

Pre-verification process for political ads being put in place: FB, Google tell HC (Business Standard)

Business Standard: Pre-verification process for political ads being put in place: FB, Google tell HC. “Facebook, Google and YouTube told the Bombay High Court Monday that they are putting in place strict ‘pre-verification processes’ for online political advertisements on their platforms in India ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.”

The Guardian: Facebook labelled ‘digital gangsters’ by report on fake news

The Guardian: Facebook labelled ‘digital gangsters’ by report on fake news. “Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as ‘digital gangsters’. The final report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections.”

The Guardian: Parliamentary report set to savage ‘duplicitous’ Facebook

The Guardian: Parliamentary report set to savage ‘duplicitous’ Facebook. “Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself and must be subject to sweeping new legislation, a parliamentary report will announce on Monday. It will also call on the government to launch an independent investigation into foreign interference in British elections since 2014. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee will publish what is expected to be a landmark report into fake news and disinformation at midnight on Sunday night.”