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Twitter Draws Data Privacy Concerns with Two New Bugs

The two flaws shed light on heightened concern around user data privacy when it comes to data.

On Monday, the social-media giant revealed a hole that accidentally enabled bad actors to pull the country codes of accounts’ phone numbers – and revealed that several IP addresses located in China and Saudi Arabia may have been trying to access the exposed data. This comes on the heels of a tricky glitch, disclosed over the weekend, that had allowed several apps to read users’ direct messages – even when they told users that they wouldn’t.

Full article: Twitter Draws Data Privacy Concerns with Two New Bugs | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

New malware pulls its instructions from code hidden in memes posted to Twitter

Security researchers said they’ve found a new kind of malware that takes its instructions from code hidden in memes posted to Twitter.

The malware itself is relatively underwhelming: like most primitive remote access trojans (RATs), the malware quietly infects a vulnerable computer, takes screenshots and pulls other data from the affected system and sends it back to the malware’s command and control server.

What’s interesting is how the malware uses Twitter as an unwilling conduit in communicating with its malicious mothership.

Full article: New malware pulls its instructions from code hidden in memes posted to Twitter | TechCrunch

Twitter, comScore Sued For Allegedly Tracking Kids Who Use Disney Apps

A group of parents who are suing Disney over alleged privacy violations have expanded their case by adding Twitter’s MoPub and comScore as defendants.

The class-action complaint, initially filed last August, alleges that Disney allowed outside companies to embed code that tracked young children who used apps like “Princess Palace Pets” and “Where’s My Water?” Those outside companies include Twitter, comScore, Upsight, Unity Technologies and Kochava, according to the new complaint.

Source: Twitter, comScore Sued For Allegedly Tracking Kids Who Use Disney Apps 06/21/2018

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

A little-known data firm was able to build 48 million personal profiles, combining data from sites and social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Zillow, among others — without the users’ knowledge or consent.

Localblox, a Bellevue, Wash.-based firm, says it “automatically crawls, discovers, extracts, indexes, maps and augments data in a variety of formats from the web and from exchange networks.” Since its founding in 2010, the company has focused its collection on publicly accessible data sources, like social networks Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and real estate site Zillow to name a few, to produce profiles.

Source: Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others | ZDNet

Hansen: Omaha man ‘liked’ a tweet, and then he lost his dream job

But Roy Jones did get fired. He got fired because he … inadvertently liked a tweet?

The terrifying story of the tweet that allegedly ate Roy Jones’ life began near midnight on Jan. 9, when the Omahan was inching toward the end of his Tuesday shift.

Source: Hansen: Omaha man ‘liked’ a tweet, and then he lost his dream job | Matthew Hansen | omaha.com

Twitter is public, but it could offer a lot more privacy

Twitter issued a call for proposals to measure its “contribution to the overall health of the public conversation” so that it could help “encourage more healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking,” and discourage “abuse, spam and manipulation.”

It’s the kind of high-minded request that you’d expect from a platform that presents itself as a powerful civic forum for the digital age. But measuring the “public conversation” isn’t going to solve Twitter’s central problem: that there’s a big difference between promoting a public conversation and creating a livable space, and Twitter might not be able to have both.

Source: Twitter is public, but it could offer a lot more privacy – The Verge

Facebook, Google and Twitter to make their terms of services GDPR compliant

European Commission together with EU consumer authorities published the changes Facebook, Twitter and Google+ made to their terms of services, to align them with the EU consumer protection rules and to ensure the rapid removal of illegal commercial content upon notification.

These changes will benefit more than a quarter billion of EU consumers who use social media. They come as the result of a joint action by national enforcers of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network led by the French authorities and facilitated by the Commission, which started at the end of 2016.

Source: JUST Newsroom – Facebook, Google and Twitter accept to change their terms of services to make them customer-friendly and compliant with EU rules – European Commission

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