A week in security (Oct 09 – Oct 15)

A compilation of notable security news and blog posts from the 9th of October to the 15th. This week, we touched on threat modeling, a PUP, IRS fraud, and laws concerning the usage of social media in the UK.

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New UK legal guidelines for law enforcement and social media

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) has recently updated its social media guidelines for prosecutors and law enforcement in an effort to aid them in deciding on whether charges can be pressed against internet users based on certain online behaviors.

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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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#Hackedbyseb: musical (password) chairs

Singers will often use inventive ways to gain attention from an audience, or even draw new fans in. One trend in pop circles seems to be gaining popularity, but it might not be the best hype train to hop aboard. What could go wrong by sending your favourite singer login credentials to have them post a cool message from your account? Quite a bit, actually…

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Facebook and privacy

Is there such a thing as privacy on Facebook? Seeing how everything that you post or gets posted about you (or that you get tagged in) is public knowledge, unless you do something about it, the answer is as with most social media: it depends on how you use it.

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