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Last month, a number of major companies such as the New York Times, Washington Post and most recently, Twitter had revealed that they were targeted by hackers leading to some form of data breach. In a recent development, Facebook has also now revealed that some of the computers of its employees were hacked by using a Java exploit.

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Nearly six months after the launch, the social networking giant has announced today that it is offering free antivirus software downloads for mobile users along with a partnership with seven new partners including Avast, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky Lab, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot.

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It’s not just Robert Scoble who faced problems while posting comments on Facebook, I faced the same problem and a few other Facebook users as well. For an unknown reason, Facebook’s automated spam filter stopped my comment from being published and flagged it as “irrelevant or inappropriate” comment.

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The social networking giant – Facebook has announced the debut of the new Antivirus Marketplace, a one-stop portal that will offer free downloads and (six-month) licenses to antivirus software and also make use of the URL blacklists, which will help prevent users from visiting malicious links. This is a partnership between Facebook and the world’s biggest antivirus and Internet security companies like Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec.

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A pair of researchers from the University College London – Shah Mahmood (student) and Yvo Desmedt, Chair of Information Communication Technology, have discovered and revealed a “zero day privacy loophole” in Facebook. The duo has named the loophole as “Deactivated Friend Attack”, and revealed details about it yesterday during the IEEE International Workshop on Security and Social Networking SESOC 2012, held at Lugano, Switzerland.

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According to a report from the Kaspersky Lab, a new phishing attack on Facebook has been discovered that primarily attempts to steal account information of Facebook users and compromise the account. The attackers then attempt to gather the financial information including credit card data and other sensitive information from the victim.

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If you are a Facebook user in the United Kingdom or in France, then it’s time to change your account password. The infamous Ramnit worm, which earlier was used to gain access to financial credentials, is now targeting users on Facebook. Reports indicate that the worm was first detected 18 months ago, and is now continuing to evolve on the social networking giant.

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A dangerous worm has been spreading through Facebook’s messaging system since last wee. It has been trying to hijack users’ chats to spread a download link in an effort to compromise their computers and infect them with a Dorkbot malware program. The download link points to an image of two blonde women, however, it has been infused with a malicious screensaver. When the malicious program begins to execute, it attempts to download more malware files hosted on a compromised Israeli website.

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If you are one of those users on Facebook who have downloaded the ChatSend application, you may notice that the application has been acting shady of late. The application has been linked to spammy Facebook message and is enticing Facebook users into installing the application that inaptly advertises itself.

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25 billion actions a day or 65,000 actions a second! That is the volume of actions generated by Facebook’s 800 million users. And all of these actions are monitored by Facebook’s massive Security infrastructure called the Facebook Immune System or FIS for any kind of suspicious activities.

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Uploading .exe files is generally not allowed on most online services like Gmail and Facebook. However, a vulnerability found in Facebook lets you attach .exe files and send them across to your friends and other people. This could be misused by hackers/spammers to send malicious files to any user on Facebook.

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With more than 800 million users, Facebook is taking security seriously, and in an aim to help users protect their accounts, the social networking giant has announced two new security improvements – Trusted Friends, and Application Passwords.

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In the past, we reported a number of Facebook scams that were spreading like wildfire. Scam messages including “Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted On Wall Scam”, “Marika Fruscio Spam”, “OMG Can’t Believe Justin Beiber Did This To A Girl Spam”, which were reported earlier are still spreading on Facebook. As Facebook scams continue to boom and spam news feeds, Websense, a web security firm conducted an interesting study that explains how scam messages spread and how they work.

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