A week in security (Oct 16 – Oct 22)

A compilation of notable security news and blog posts from the 16th of October to the 22nd. This week, we reported about a Facebook hoax, a noteworthy DDoS attack, ransomware, and exploit kit campaigns. We also made several company announcements.

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Facebook will make all posts public. Not!

You may have seen such odd posts on your Facebook friends feed lately. If you wonder what those are really about, read on.

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Malware “Eko” affecting French Facebook users

French Facebook users have been falling victim to a new Facebook Messenger “Trojan horse” arriving into their private message (PM) inboxes from network contacts.

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Brad Pitt subject of new hoax after split with Jolie

Facebook has once again become the inadvertent launchpad of another celebrity death hoax campaign, luring fans of celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie within the network to click potentially harmful links not a day long after the news of their divorce has hit mainstream media.

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IT companies unite against illegal online hate speech

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft have taken up the mantle to curb harmful speech on their platforms. The latest company to join this cause is Instagram, the popular image-sharing social media network among teens.

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