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Facebook banned dozens more fake Russian and Iranian accounts for “coordinated inauthentic activity”

Facebook banned dozens more fake Russian and Iranian accounts for “coordinated inauthentic activity”

Facebook said it uncovered new efforts by groups linked to Iran and Russia to dupe the company’s users. It’s a reminder that the company is going to be under enormous pressure in the run-up to the 2020 election. Facebook says it found evidence that three groups connected to Iran and another one tied to Russia’s…
New Facebook Portal devices are launching this year – Phone Arena

New Facebook Portal devices are launching this year – Phone Arena

New versions of Facebook's Portal home smart speakers are coming out this year, while the first-gen models that launched in November 2018 will be making their way outside of the US. The Portal product lineup is the social network's attempt to grab a piece of the smart home speaker market, where competition from Amazon and…
Facebook is stopping Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Facebook is stopping Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Facebook won’t allow Huawei to pre-install its apps on smartphones anymore, Reuters is reporting. It’s the latest example of Western tech companies cutting ties with the beleaguered Chinese telecom giant after President Trump issued an effective trade ban against it. Huawei phone owners will still be able to download and use apps like WhatsApp, Instagram,…
The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show

The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show

It’s been four months now since Facebook announced its intention to invest more heavily in private groups and messaging, and recently that effort has gotten a major marketing push. Walk through the Montgomery BART station in San Francisco and you’ll see ads for Facebook Groups plastering every wall, each emblazoned with the anodyne slogan “more…
Why wasn’t the FTC harder on Facebook?

Why wasn’t the FTC harder on Facebook?

On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission finalized a landmark settlement with Facebook over the company’s alleged privacy malpractices accrued over the past year. Whether it was Cambridge Analytica or falsely promising user control over its use of facial recognition, Facebook messed up — big time. But after months of negotiations with the FTC, Mark Zuckerberg’s…
Facebook hires former Vine head to work for new experimental app division

Facebook hires former Vine head to work for new experimental app division

Former Vine head Jason Toff is leaving Google to join Facebook, where he’ll be “starting up a new initiative under the recently formed NPE team.” Facebook just announced its new NPE (it stands for “new product experimentation”) team last week, as a brand that will be developing experimental apps for consumers who are still slightly…
Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook will append its name to its family of apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, even as government agencies probe the company for possible antitrust violations.David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesFacebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. But even today, many users of those apps don’t realize they are part of Mark Zuckerberg's empire.…
Facebook is backpedaling from its ambitious vision for Libra

Facebook is backpedaling from its ambitious vision for Libra

Facebucks — Under pressure from regulators, Facebook is rethinking Libra's design. Timothy B. Lee - Jul 18, 2019 8:55 pm UTC Enlarge / David Marcus, head of blockchain at Facebook, speaks at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.David Marcus, the head of Facebook's new Calibra payments division, appeared before two…
Facebook ignored staff warnings about “sketchy” Cambridge Analytica in September 2015

Facebook ignored staff warnings about “sketchy” Cambridge Analytica in September 2015

Facebook employees tried to alert the company about the activity of Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, per the SEC’s complaint against the company which was published yesterday. This chimes with a court filing that emerged earlier this year — which also suggested Facebook knew of concerns about the controversial data company earlier than…
Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos

Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos

Everyone knows the bit in The Matrix when Neo achieves digital messiah status and suddenly sees “reality” for what it really is: lines of trailing green code. Well, thanks to an outage currently affecting Facebook, users of the social network have been given a similar peek behind the digital curtain, with many images on the…

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CVE-2019-15846: Exim – remote attacker can execute programs with root privileges

Author: Heiko SchlittermannDate:  To: oss-security, Exim Users, Exim AnnounceSubject: Re: [exim] CVE-2019-15846: Exim - local or remote attacker can execute programs with root privileges.CVE ID: CVE-2019-15846 Credits: Zerons , Qualys Version(s): all versions up to and including 4.92.1 Issue: The SMTP Delivery process in all¹ versions up to and including Exim 4.92.1 has a Buffer Overflow. In the default…

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