http://facecrooks.com Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:08:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Flaw Lets Anyone Create Tons Of Fake “Likes” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Flaw-Lets-Anyone-Create-Tons-Of-Fake-%e2%80%9cLikes%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Flaw-Lets-Anyone-Create-Tons-Of-Fake-%e2%80%9cLikes%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:34 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9183 The post Facebook Flaw Lets Anyone Create Tons Of Fake “Likes” appeared first on .

Researchers at McGill University’s School of Computer Science released a paper this week that detailed how easy it is for anyone on Facebook to generate fake “Likes.” The researchers said they originally notified Facebook of the security flaw in 2013, but after nothing was done to fix the problem, they decided to go public with…

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like_buttonResearchers at McGill University’s School of Computer Science released a paper this week that detailed how easy it is for anyone on Facebook to generate fake “Likes.” The researchers said they originally notified Facebook of the security flaw in 2013, but after nothing was done to fix the problem, they decided to go public with their information to pressure the site.

How does the scam work? It’s deceptively simple. First, a user must create a Facebook post with the target URL. They can then generate up to 20 fake Likes per minute by adding fake comments, deleting the post and repeating. This generates three fake likes at a time, and deleting the post doesn’t reduce the number of Likes on the original page where the post and like button live.

While fake Likes may seem relatively harmless, the monetary impact of so many empty clicks could be enormous.

“Those Like numbers may be faked,” Xue Liu, a professor of computer science at McGill, told Computer World. “There are easy ways to generate those fake Likes, and unfortunately on the Internet, a lot of companies and economic benefits are related to the number of Likes now.”

 

Facebook works hard to eliminate fake profiles and fake Likes from its pages, but this is a potentially massive loophole that, at least for now, remains unaddressed.



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Facebook Introduces New Feature that Digs Up Old Posts http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-New-Feature-Digs-Up-Old-Posts.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-New-Feature-Digs-Up-Old-Posts.html/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:55:59 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9175 The post Facebook Introduces New Feature that Digs Up Old Posts appeared first on .

Facebook began rolling out a new feature this week that resurfaces your old posts, pictures and status updates from a given day years in the past. The tool, called “On This Day,” looks and functions like the popular Timehop app that pulls and publishes social media content from a user’s past. This kind of timeline…

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facebook_logo_flatFacebook began rolling out a new feature this week that resurfaces your old posts, pictures and status updates from a given day years in the past. The tool, called “On This Day,” looks and functions like the popular Timehop app that pulls and publishes social media content from a user’s past.

This kind of timeline digging has backfired on Facebook before. Late last year, the site came under fire for its “Year in Review” feature after it dredged up painful and unwanted memories for many users. One man, Eric Meyer, was forced to see photos of his deceased six-year-old daughter who passed away that year.

“Where the human aspect fell short, at least with Facebook, was in not providing a way to opt out,” he said at the time. “The Year in Review ad keeps coming up in my feed, rotating through different fun-and-fabulous backgrounds, as if celebrating a death, and there is no obvious way to stop it.”

Fortunately, users must opt in to On This Day before using it, meaning it shouldn’t spring any unpleasant surprises. Users who do choose to delve into their pasts will also get the option to share the old content with their friends or keep it private. But the tool is still a stark reminder that content shared on Facebook never truly goes away. As always, be careful what you post; you never know how it might come back to haunt you.



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Florida Court Rules Private Facebook Photos Fair Game In Legal Proceeding http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Florida-Court-Rules-Private-Facebook-Photos-Fair-Game-In-Legal-Proceeding.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Florida-Court-Rules-Private-Facebook-Photos-Fair-Game-In-Legal-Proceeding.html/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:03:16 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9170 The post Florida Court Rules Private Facebook Photos Fair Game In Legal Proceeding appeared first on .

A Florida woman will be required to hand over her Facebook photos to Target Corporation after suing the company for a slip-and-fall incident in one of the retail giant’s stores. The woman, Maria Nucci, petitioned the Court of Appeals to nullify Target’s request, but the court denied her petition, ruling that Facebook photos could help…

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facebook-privacyA Florida woman will be required to hand over her Facebook photos to Target Corporation after suing the company for a slip-and-fall incident in one of the retail giant’s stores.

The woman, Maria Nucci, petitioned the Court of Appeals to nullify Target’s request, but the court denied her petition, ruling that Facebook photos could help the court determine the extent of the woman’s injuries. Nucci’s photos would not be used directly against Target, but would instead be used as a barometer to determine how the accident had affected her life.

“If a photograph is worth a thousand words, there is no better portrayal of what an individual’s life was like than those photographs the individual has chosen to share through social media before the occurrence of an accident causing injury,” wrote Judge Robert M. Gross.

However, it was one of the court’s other decisions in the case that could have deeper legal ramifications. Gross also wrote that Facebook pictures are not protected by a right of privacy, no matter what a user’s privacy settings are, simply by virtue of being shared on the site in the first place.

“Because information that an individual shares through social networking web-sites like Facebook may be copied and disseminated by another, the expectation that such information is private, in the traditional sense of the word, is not a reasonable one,” he said.

That’s a pretty controversial stance to take, and you can bet we haven’t heard the last from this case.



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“Friend Verifier” App Lets Users Scan Facebook Friends for Criminal Records http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cFriend-Verifier%e2%80%9d-App-Lets-Users-Scan-Facebook-Friends-Criminal-Records.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cFriend-Verifier%e2%80%9d-App-Lets-Users-Scan-Facebook-Friends-Criminal-Records.html/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:45:50 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9166 The post “Friend Verifier” App Lets Users Scan Facebook Friends for Criminal Records appeared first on .

A Facebook app called Friend Verifier is celebrating its third anniversary this year and the release of Friend Verifier Version 2 with an initiative its calling #StaySafe2015. The app allows Facebook users to scan their entire list of Facebook friends for criminal records. It also lets users search for free for sex offenders in their…

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friend verifier appA Facebook app called Friend Verifier is celebrating its third anniversary this year and the release of Friend Verifier Version 2 with an initiative its calling #StaySafe2015. The app allows Facebook users to scan their entire list of Facebook friends for criminal records. It also lets users search for free for sex offenders in their friend lists, and it will even perform individual background checks for a fee.

“We must all do our due diligence when reconnecting with people from our past,” said Friend Verifier CEO Joe Penora. “I found out that a former high school teacher of mine and a fellow former student were both convicted for child pornography. Those are two people I knew and would have gladly accepted a friend request from prior to knowing their convictions. I urge people: Don’t take anything for granted. Make sure you use caution when inviting people into your social lives.”

The #StaySafe2015 campaign will run from March 30 to April 30, and will let users scan every one of their Facebook friends and friend requests for only $15.

With the amount of personal information out there on social media, it makes sense that a service would exist for curious people to dig deeply into the past of their Facebook friends.  The site does have a disclaimer stating that information is gathered from public records, so there could be errors. If you would like to have your personal information removed from the site, a link is provided. However, you can’t remove yourself from sex offender or criminal database results.

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Man Sentenced For Threatening Ferguson Cop On Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Sentenced-For-Threatening-Ferguson-Cop-On-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Sentenced-For-Threatening-Ferguson-Cop-On-Facebook.html/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:03:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9163 The post Man Sentenced For Threatening Ferguson Cop On Facebook appeared first on .

A Seattle, Washington, man was sentenced with three years of supervised release this week for threats he made against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on Facebook. The man, Jaleel Abdul-Jabbaar, called for the officer involved in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown to be killed. In addition to the supervised release, Abdul-Jabbaar has…

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oopsA Seattle, Washington, man was sentenced with three years of supervised release this week for threats he made against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on Facebook. The man, Jaleel Abdul-Jabbaar, called for the officer involved in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown to be killed. In addition to the supervised release, Abdul-Jabbaar has been ordered to stay off of social media.

The public defender who took Abdul-Jabbaar’s case, Kyana Givens, said that the man wasn’t aware his comments were not protected by free speech. She also noted that it was unfair for Abdul-Jabbaar, who previously worked in the IT industry and is trying to find a job, to have his access limited to social networking sites.

“He thought he was venting to a private group of his Facebook ‘Friends,’” Givens said. “He was wrong about the boundaries of his speech and unbeknownst to him his venting was expressed publicly… If Mr. Abdul-Jabbaar had shouted these comments from the ‘Town Square’ or sent them by U.S. mail no one would be suggesting that his speech in those forums should be limited or monitored.”

Many people express outrage on social media, sometimes even with violent or threatening terms. The judge in Abdul-Jabbaar’s case noted that he understood the man’s anger over the events in Ferguson, and that the decision was one of the hardest for him to make in his career. As more law enforcement and government officials turn to Facebook to gather evidence, decisions like this one aren’t going away any time soon.

 



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Mall of America Allegedly Used Fake Facebook Profile to Spy on Activists http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mall-America-Allegedly-Used-Fake-Facebook-Profile-Spy-Activists.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mall-America-Allegedly-Used-Fake-Facebook-Profile-Spy-Activists.html/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:23:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9156 The post Mall of America Allegedly Used Fake Facebook Profile to Spy on Activists appeared first on .

According to documents obtained by The Intercept, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota created a fake Facebook profile to monitor Black Lives Matter protestors at the mall and to gather their private information. The report shows that an individual named “Sam Root” created a Facebook account for “Nikki Larson.” The Intercept’s investigation found that…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeAccording to documents obtained by The Intercept, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota created a fake Facebook profile to monitor Black Lives Matter protestors at the mall and to gather their private information.

The report shows that an individual named “Sam Root” created a Facebook account for “Nikki Larson.” The Intercept’s investigation found that Sam Root lists his profession as “Intelligence Analyst at Mall of America.” The fake Nikki Larson profile had a profile picture featuring a quote commonly attributed to Martin Luther King Jr., liked the protest’s Facebook page and befriended many of the individual protestors. Root then allegedly created dossiers on the protestors to provide to Bloomington officials. After the December 20 protest, 11 protestors were charged with criminal misdemeanors and both the city and the mall are seeking $65,000 in restitution.

Many of the documents were originally uncovered by Tony Webster, a software engineer and data researcher. He, and many other activists, feel that the mall grossly overstepped its bounds by violating the online privacy of the protestors.

“’The place for fun in your life’ is the Mall of America’s slogan, which doesn’t align with the Mall creating a fake Facebook account to stalk activists,” Webster said. “I’m sympathetic to the Mall’s everyday task of ensuring safety, but this violation of privacy went too far, as did Mall management’s pushing for harsh criminal prosecution of peaceful demonstrators.”

This is another prime example of why you should be careful of who you friend on Facebook in the first place. Also, be sure to lock down your account so that acquaintances don’t have full access to your Facebook information and posts!



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You’ll Soon Be Able to Send Money via Facebook Messenger http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Youll-Soon-Be-Able-Send-Money-via-Facebook-Messenger.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Youll-Soon-Be-Able-Send-Money-via-Facebook-Messenger.html/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:06:59 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9153 The post You’ll Soon Be Able to Send Money via Facebook Messenger appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that the long-rumored payments feature for its Messenger app will finally become available for U.S. users. The new feature will let users upload their debit card information and message their friends money, similar to how popular cash transfer app Venmo operates. Over the coming months, the feature will roll out gradually…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarFacebook announced this week that the long-rumored payments feature for its Messenger app will finally become available for U.S. users. The new feature will let users upload their debit card information and message their friends money, similar to how popular cash transfer app Venmo operates.

Over the coming months, the feature will roll out gradually to U.S. users. To send money, users must start a message conversation with a friend and then tap a “$” symbol in a toolbar at the bottom of the message. It’s a simple feature, but with Facebook’s privacy problems, it remains to be seen whether people will actually trust the site’s peer-to-peer payment system. Of course, Facebook spent much of its blog post announcing the feature preemptively addressing these concerns.

“We use secure systems that encrypt the connection between you and Facebook as well as your card information,” the site announced. “We use layers of software and hardware protection that meet the highest industry standards. These payment systems are kept in a secured environment that is separate from other parts of the Facebook network and that receive additional monitoring and control. A team of anti-fraud specialists monitor for suspicious purchase activity to help keep accounts safe.”

While the idea of using Facebook to wire money to your friends might seem entirely natural to Facebook, it’s a giant question whether or not users will be comfortable handing the site their financial information at all.



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Fake Porn Link Spreads Malware Attack on Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Fake-Porn-Link-Spreads-Malware-Attack-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Fake-Porn-Link-Spreads-Malware-Attack-Facebook.html/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:21:25 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9149 The post Fake Porn Link Spreads Malware Attack on Facebook appeared first on .

Late last week, a new and devastating malware attack began to spread on Facebook through an Ow.ly link that promised “sex photos of teen girls in school” to curious users. However, once a user clicks on the link, the malware installs a rogue extension in their browser that can then post messages and spread the…

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Internet ScamsLate last week, a new and devastating malware attack began to spread on Facebook through an Ow.ly link that promised “sex photos of teen girls in school” to curious users. However, once a user clicks on the link, the malware installs a rogue extension in their browser that can then post messages and spread the bug to all of the user’s friends.

According to security research firm Malwarebytes, which discovered the bug, the attack is more sophisticated than the average Facebook scam. It takes advantage of cloud infrastructure to disguise itself, and when mobile users click on the link they are taken to a specialized offer page based on their geographic location that prompts them to take bogus surveys or download fake apps.

“The goal [of this current attack] is to harvest as many users as possible to create a very large [botnet] consisting of social networks profiles which can be leveraged in various ways, [such as by] reselling Facebook friends and likes, reselling Twitter followers, [and] generating pay per click revenue by visiting sites and clicking ads,” Jerome Segura, senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, told SCMagazine.com.

Fortunately, the bug appears to predominantly target users of Google Chrome, so Firefox and Internet Explorer appear to be in the clear. Still, with a link as suspicious as this one, Facebook users on all browsers should know to steer clear.



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Facebook Hit With Lawsuit Over Kids Spending Without Parental Permission http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Hit-With-Lawsuit-Over-Kids-Spending-Without-Parental-Permission.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Hit-With-Lawsuit-Over-Kids-Spending-Without-Parental-Permission.html/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:44:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9147 The post Facebook Hit With Lawsuit Over Kids Spending Without Parental Permission appeared first on .

A U.S. District Judge ruled this week that Facebook must face a class-action lawsuit that wants the social media giant to provide refunds when children spend money on the site without parental permission. The lawsuit says that Facebook violates California law when it dictates that all sales are final. This case is not without precedent;…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarA U.S. District Judge ruled this week that Facebook must face a class-action lawsuit that wants the social media giant to provide refunds when children spend money on the site without parental permission. The lawsuit says that Facebook violates California law when it dictates that all sales are final.

This case is not without precedent; just last year, Apple had to pay out $32.5 million in a settlement over children making in-app purchases. The suit against Facebook reportedly features a class of users numbering in the hundreds of thousands, though the judge overseeing the case ruled that they cannot seek refunds as a group. Instead, they may be able to pursue refunds on an individual basis since each case deals with a different amount of spent money.

The lawsuit, originally brought by parents of two children, dealt with one kid who took his parent’s debit card and racked up $1,059 in charges, while the other spent hundreds of real dollars when he thought he was using in-game currency.

Another problem: Facebook sets a minimum age for users at 13, though many kids simply lie to circumvent the rule. Some parents even do it for their kids to set them up on the site. All of these factors combine to give parents in the case some hope they’ll win, though Facebook has said that it believes the lawsuit “lacks merit.”



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Facebook Removes “Body-Shaming” Emoticon After User Protest http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Removes-%e2%80%9cBody-Shaming%e2%80%9d-Emoticon-After-User-Protest.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Removes-%e2%80%9cBody-Shaming%e2%80%9d-Emoticon-After-User-Protest.html/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:13:26 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9144 The post Facebook Removes “Body-Shaming” Emoticon After User Protest appeared first on .

Facebook removed an emoticon this week that let users share that they were “feeling fat.” It had been part of a long list of emoticons that users could share with their friends to detail how they feel, including “feeling loved,” “feeling blessed,” and more. A petition urging Facebook to remove the double-chinned face icon quickly…

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facebook-general-2Facebook removed an emoticon this week that let users share that they were “feeling fat.” It had been part of a long list of emoticons that users could share with their friends to detail how they feel, including “feeling loved,” “feeling blessed,” and more. A petition urging Facebook to remove the double-chinned face icon quickly garnered more than 16,000 signatures, and a phrase from the activists, “fat is not a feeling,” gained viral traction online.

“We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders,” Facebook said in a statement. “So we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options. We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.”

However, Facebook eliminated the emoticon in name only; the same face still exists, only now it’s called “feeling stuffed.” And as The Verge points out, there is still an emoticon for “feeling ugly.” Nonetheless, activists can claim a big victory over Facebook’s sometimes-insensitive features and settings. Whether its users pushing back against Facebook’s unfair “real names” policy or pushing the site to add a “fill in the blank” field for gender, at least the site is willing to listen to people concerned with its privacy and data policies.



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