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Visit the New Facebook? Hacker warning spreads like wildfire on social network

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Facebook users are posting warnings to one another about a hacker operating on the network, using the offer to “Visit the new Facebook” to break into pages and kick out the page’s legitimate administrators.

Unfortunately the alerts do not include enough information to be useful, and members of the public may be unwittingly perpetuating a hoax in the belief that they are helping their friends, family and online chums avoid a nasty virus infection.

Visit the new Facebook warning

THIS NOTICE IS DIRECTED TO EVERYONE WHO HAS A PAGE ON FACEBOOK: IF SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR PROFILE OR YOUR FRIENDS SEND YOU A LINK WITH WORDS "VISIT THE NEW FACEBOOK '' AND THERE IS THE LINK BELOW, DO NOT OPEN! IF YOU OPEN IT YOU CAN SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR PAGE. IT'S A HACKER WHO STEALS YOUR DETAILS AND REMOVES YOU FROM YOUR OWN PAGE. COPY AND SPREAD THE WORD

Although there are many scams and attacks which spread on Facebook every day, no-one appears so far to actually have gathered any evidence that this one exists – and there is probably more nuisance being caused by users passing on the warning than by any attack which may or may not have happened.

Users believe they’re doing the right thing when they share warnings like this – but unfortunately they haven’t always checked their facts.

Please don’t share security warnings with your online friends until you have checked them with a credible source (such as an established computer security company). Threats can be killed off fairly easily, but misinformation like this can live on for months, if not years, because people believe they are “doing the right thing” by sharing the warning with their friends.

If you’re a regular user of Facebook, be sure to join the Sophos page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security threats.

Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com

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7.5 Million Facebook Users Are Younger Than 13

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Some 7.5 million Facebook users over the past year were younger than 13, according to a Consumer Reportssurvey.

The report, made public on Tuesday, is based on a survey of 2,089 members of a TNS interactive consumer panel. Using that sample, the magazine was able to estimate that more than 5 million Facebook users are 10 years old and younger, making up the bulk of the 7.5 million figure. Facebook’s terms of service require users to be at least 13 years old. To join, though, users merely have to enter their supposed birth dates when they sign up.

But Facebook’s screening requirements for minors may be a moot topic. In a statement, Jeff Fox, technology editor for Consumer Reports, said the majority of parents of kids 10 and under “seemed largely unconcerned by their children’s use of the site.”

Reps from Facebook could not be reached for comment.

This isn’t the first time Facebook’s policies on minors have been called into question. A class action suit filed in August in Los Angeles alleged that Facebook’s “Like” button triggered instances in which minors were endorsing products without their parents’ consent.

Source :- http://mashable.com

Banned Lady Gaga video attack spreads on Twitter via rogue app

Watch out for tweets about a banned Lady Gaga video, currently spreading across the Twitter network.

The tweets are being posted by rogue applications, that users are allowing to access their profiles in the belief that they will get to view a prohibited video of Lady Gaga

Tweet promoting banned Lady Gaga video

VIDEO PROHIBIDO LADY GAGA banned [LINK] @shakira @ladygaga como ganar dinero facil

(Please note that the precise wording can vary)

If you make the mistake of clicking on the link you are taken to a fake YouTube webpage.

Fake YouTube page

Of course, you believe that you’re going to watch a banned video of Lady Gaga so you might very well click on the play button.

Doing so, however, asks you to grant permission to a third party app which wants to connect with your Twitter account.

Rogue Twitter application

Don’t, whatever you do, give it permission to continue. Because if you do, your account can now be accessed by third parties – who will be able to post messages in your name to all of your followers.

Hopefully the fact that the messages we have seen so far have all been in Spanish may reduce the impact of this particular attack.

Interestingly, it seems that Lady Gaga herself has been having trouble with these Twitter hackers.

The eccentric songstress, who has more followers on Twitter than anyone else in the world, posted a message yesterday saying:

Whoever is hacking my Twitter must answer to 10 million monsters and Twitter police. #Don'tMakeMeCallTheApostles

Lady Gaga@ladygaga
Lady Gaga

Whoever is hacking my Twitter must answer to 10 million monsters and Twitter police. #Don‘tMakeMeCallTheApostles

Although the singer quickly deleted the rogue tweets that had upset her so much from her page, I was able to discover them cached elsewhere on the net:

TAROT de shakira [LINK] clarividente de @shakira #horoscopo ganar dinero navegando

and

VIDEO PROHIBIDO LADY GAGA @ladygaga [LINK] ganar dinero navegando

The bit.ly links used in the messages posted to Lady Gaga’s Twitter page linked to the same fake YouTube page, and were created by the same person who appears to be behind the rogue application attack.

Lady GagaIs it possible that Lady Gaga, or the staff who manage her Twitter account, fell for the scam themselves? And that’s why the rogue message appeared on Lady Gaga’s Twitter page?

Lady Gaga has over 9.6 million followers on Twitter, making her the most popular person on the network (yes, beating even Justin Bieber..) and a prize goal for any scammer who wants their scammy spammy links to be spread to as wide an audience as possible.

If you were unfortunate enough to grant a rogue applications access to your Twitter account, revoke its rights immediately by going to the Twitter website and visiting Settings/Connections and revoking the offending app’s rights.

Don’t make it easy for scammers to make money in this way, and always exercise caution about which third party apps you allow to connect with your social networking accounts.

If you’re on Twitter and want to learn more about threats, be sure to follow Naked Security’s team of writers.

Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com

LinkedIn Launches Personalised News Aggregator

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Uses your profile information to give you news relevant to your profession

LinkedIn unveiled its brand new service  LinkedIn Today at a press conference today in California. The new service is a news aggregator that uses your LinkedIn account information to generate a feed of relevant news stories.  The service uses an algorithm to analyze the details in your profile to determine the kind of stories that would be conducive to your profession.

The service also allows news stories to be flagged in either from LinkedIn or from Twitter for those who have linked their Twitter accounts with LinkedIn. A similar effort is under way to incorporate Facebook likes to flag stories in a similar manner, but no immediate Facebook support is available at the moment. There’s also a plan to place LinkedIn share buttons on major news websites. LinkedIn’s iPhone app will also get Today service.

Check out the screenshot to see how the top story slideshow looks like. As expected the stories are relevant to your industry, so a tech journalist will get geeky feeds while someone more politically inclined will be have his feed full of scams and the likes. The stories get the typical LinkedIn networking tweak by displaying who shared the story and along with “Sections” of the main being created from each users’ LinkedIn profiles. You can add news stories from other fields as well.

LinkedIn Today seems to be more than a mere aggregator. It’s smart algorithm based feed uses your professional details to provide relevant news and also adds a social twist to the mix by letting professionals interact by sharing news stories, leading to conversations, contacts and hence job/business opportunities.

Source -: Techtree.com

Twitter revamps Home Page again

Brings new slick look and strikingly similar to Facebook

Earlier this month, popular micro-blogging social networkTwitter tried to makes it new slick homepage live. Due to some unexpected server issues, the new homepage got reverted to the previous one. But the new home page of Twitter was visible to select users only. Today the new Twitter Home Page/Sign-in Page was made live to all users.
Home Page refresh seems to be a yearly cycle for Twitter because the social network revamped its home page last year in March. Ever since the implementation of new Twitter Home Page took place, elements of service started its disappearing act one by one. While fixing those temporarily absent features like Trends, Lists, etc., new Home Page finally went live for all users. With the New Twitter and now a new Home Page, Twitter is slowly making User Interface changes. Several users loved the new neat looking homepage and that includes me too.
However, several users feel that it looks like Facebook login page but that won t cause any lawsuit between Twitter and Facebook. In any case, Twitter is more focused now on offering relevant search results in real-time than anything else. Do let me know your thoughts whether you like the new home page with good reasons for your opinion.

New Twitter Home Page

New Twitter Home Page

Is Twitter really dying?

Jack Dorsey designed the word Twitter in 2006 after he noticed people sending short messages to each other wanting to know about each other’s status.

Today Twitter has covered 200 million people who communicate in an orderly, simple fashion unlike that noisy Facebook messages– in short one is devoid of target ads, friends request and flippant messages from unknown folks!!! .

However Twitter’s usage is limited because of fewer visitors and alarming outrages which is making it unprofitable. Ubbermedia the company behind mobile twitter is planning to create a microblogging network, one that may do away with the famous 140 character limit.  Should twitters move to a town with fewer regulations so that Jacks dream does not die an early death???

Users believe that the 140 characters limit is irritating and does not allow them to post their entire status or mood. Other social media site like “Tumblr” seems to be more appealing. Even Facebook has a higher limit. Thus, if twitter wants to increase its fan following, the primary step for “Jack Dorsey” is to do away with this “character limit” or at least expand it.

Source -: http://www.clickindia.com/news/2011/04/16/is-twitter-really-dying/

New Changes in Facebook

Though the social networking site comes up with many changes, there are five things that the site necessarily needs to modify for better user experience.

The site has allowed the “friends” of the users to ad them to various groups. Now, this can be very annoying if the user starts getting messages from the group he has been forcibly added to. The site does not ask permission from the user and the user has to take the effort of “ungrouping” his account.

The new photo viewer has not been a very welcome change either. The light box is not very friendly to the eye and effects the visual experience. It also appears to be a very “closed” site. The messaging system has also been configured to act as “chats” and not everybody is comfortable using them. The tabs are now less prominent and the Facebook team has dismissed all customized tabs.

Over all the Facebook platform has incorporated many changes that aren’t exactly welcome. But there are other changes like the keyboard shortcuts to navigate, centered image etc which are a welcome change.

Twitter Reverts to Old Format after Server Woes

Disables New Twitter and Trends, shifts servers to a different location

Earlier in the week, Twitter page announced that it was experiencing trouble displaying home timelines. That was followed by a message declaring, “We’ve temporarily disabled #NewTwitter. Our engineers are working on re-enabling it and we’ll update you shortly,” which led to another update minutes later that announced that Twitter was “Temporarily Disabling Trends” as well. Something is terribly wrong in Twitter land then.

Apparently, Twitter was either in the process of introducing or had already launched a new homepage that departed from the “discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world” spin of the current homepage and took on a new avatar that invited users to “follow your interests”. The new interest centric search suggests users to follow categories and will throw up results with accounts dealing with the sought categories, instead of just dishing out account names bearing the search phrase.

However, users were greeted with either the pre-redesign version of Twitter or an error message that said “something is technically wrong” with Twitter and “back to normal soon”. The root of Twitter’s woes can be traced out to an announcement proclaiming that all of its server infrastructure would be moved to a new secret location, which is in Utah by the way. After the teething troubles with the brand new server farms, Twitter has been forced to move most of the same infrastructure back to its facility in Sacramento, California.

It seems the server relocation to the new Utah site hasn’t worked out quite as well as Twitter had intended, which put a spanner in the works of all the new features that had been touted in September last year. Reverting to the old format and axing the new features may have got Twitter working again, but that’s not a healthy sign. Twitter will have to be a lot more circumspect with the load testing and debugging of the new additions, before unleashing them prematurely on unsuspecting users.

Facebook Will Not be Free Anymore

Paid accounts users will get unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos, no banner ads and popup

This comes as a shocker to us. Facebook has announced that it will charge users for holding an account on the website. Users will get two account options – Free and Pro. Free accounts will let users post photos and links, but will have size limited to thumbnail only, big banner ads and popups. Moreover, users will have to take a paid survey for each login. However, Facebook reassures that the entire process won’t take more than 10 minutes. The Pro account will let users post, share and view videos without worrying about the size and quality. Facebook said that starting next month, all users will be migrated to free accounts if they do not pay an amount, which is not disclosed as yet. Reports suggest it won’t be more than $10 (Rs. 450 approx.) per month.

As per the information available, the new paid account roll out will start with a pilot testing in U.S. wherein users will be given unlimited cloud storage to upload photos and videos. Following that, Facebook will start rolling out the paid account options across the globe.

Facebook has been drawing attention of loads of users, advertisers, companies, game developers and more. The social network already has several addictive games and lets advertisers post ads. Games will be free but can only be played if you buy a special gaming pack at an undisclosed price.

We know that maintaining such a heavy user base and implementing innovation for masses isn’t really a cost-effective strategy. However, charging users for holding accounts is a bit too much we think. Leave us a comment and let us know your reaction.

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Twitter 11.6 Hours Survey Scam Spreading Virally

Installs rogue application capable of harvesting your personal secure data

Twitter users beware! According to IT security and data protection firm Sophos, a survey scam is currently plaguing Twitter users and bad thing is that they may not even be aware of it. Twitter users have been advised to be wary of tweets stating that the tweeter has spent 11.6 hours on Twitter and exhorting users to try to find out how much time they have spent on Twitter. The catch is that the user has to click on a link in the message, which takes him/her to a page, which attempts to connect a rogue application called ‘Time on Tweeter’ with the user s account.
The offending links are being circulated on Twitter in messages containing the following text:
“I have spent 11.6 hours on Twitter. How much have you? Find out here: [LINK]”
This application then tweets the same text as above, but this time from the victim’s Twitter account and directs the victim to a page presenting a revenue-generating survey, which is again a scam. While this may seem harmless, it is not really know how much private user information the application may extract and make available to unauthorized people.
Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos advised, “Affected users need to revoke the rogue application’s access to their Twitter account immediately, or it will be able to spew out more links from your Twitter page – which could promote spam sites or link to malicious webpages.” He added, “Scams like this are very commonly encountered on Facebook, but are more rarely seen on Twitter – meaning that many users will be sitting ducks to this type of attack.  Although Sophos is in contact with bit.ly about closing down the offending link, it’s possible that the scammers will use other links and other names for their rogue applications.  So be on your guard, and always think twice before allowing a third-party app to have access to your Twitter account.”
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