Last month Facebook revealed that its engineering team had discovered an issue where hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in the site’s “View As” feature. The feature allows users to see what their profile looks like to someone else, but hackers were able to use it to steal Facebook access tokens and take over people’s accounts.
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I saw it for the first time late last week: an acquaintance from college posted something about how she had received a message about a friend receiving a friend request from her from a bogus account that the friend in question supposedly ignored, but she should “check her account.” It also recommends forwarding the message to everyone you know and provides instructions on how to do so.
In this week’s tech-support column, I’m taking on an uncomfortable issue: How to regain control of your accounts from a not-so-kind ex. I’m hoping your former loved one isn’t a complete psychopath — or, at least, isn’t a psychopath that has access to your accounts — but it’s an all-too-familiar story. You live with someone, you share your hopes and your dreams, and they find a way to get into your accounts. (That, or you share login credentials, which is a pretty bad idea, too.)
Android: Fortnite Battle Royale, one of the most popular battle royale games around, is finally on Android. And you get first dibs with the beta if you own a Samsung device — a list that includes its flagship Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus (and its predecessors, the S8 / S8 Plus); the Note8 (and the just-announced Galaxy Note9, when it arrives later this month); as well as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Tab S3.
Another day, another mega breach. This time, it's social music website Last.fm, which was hacked in 2012 and over 43 million user accounts were compromised. The details of the breach were made public this week by Leaked Source, a website that tracks leaked databases. This comes off the back of revelations that a Dropbox hack that occurred a few years' back let hackers get their hands on over 68 million user credentials. What makes this Last.fm breach worse is that the website used an insecure method to store its user passwords. Here are the details.
The rumours were true; Dropbox was hacked back in 2012 and customer login credentials were compromised. It has now been revealed that over 68 million Dropbox usernames and passwords were stolen. This massive security breach happened because a Dropbox employee reused his account password on other websites. Read on for more details and for lessons that can be learned from this mega breach.