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Twitter whistleblower: Security failures cause ‘real harm to real people

The Washington Post | September 13, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

A Twitter whistleblower on Tuesday testified before Congress that the company’s failure to secure sensitive data causes “real harm to real people,” prompting senators to grapple with Washington’s inability to effectively regulate major social networks.

Peiter “Mudge” Zatko’s Senate testimony — which expanded on an 84-page complaint shared with regulators and The Washington Post this summer — said that Twitter executives misled the public, regulators and the company’s own board about its systemically broken defenses against hackers.

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Meta Moves to the Next Stage of its Full Messaging Integration Plan

Social Media Today | September 13, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram, Meta

The final stage of Meta’s messaging integration program has moved a step closer, with more Instagram users now able to activate end-to-end encryption in their IG Direct chats.

As you can see in this screenshot, posted by app researcher Salman Memon (who’s based in India), some users are now seeing a new pop-up alert that they can switch on encryption in their Instagram chats.

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Instagram post of rapper PnB Rock at Roscoe’s may have led to killing, LAPD chief says

Los Angeles Times | September 13, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram

The gunman who killed PnB Rock at the Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles demanded jewelry and other valuables before getting into a struggle with the rapper and opening fire, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday.

Moore said the Monday attack occurred soon after the rapper was tagged online as being at the restaurant, and police are investigating whether that is what prompted the attack.

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Human Trafficking’s Newest Abuse: Forcing Victims Into Cyberscamming

Propublica | September 13, 2022

Company Listed: Telegram

The ads on the Telegram messaging service’s White Shark Channel this summer had the matter-of-fact tone and clipped phrasing you might find on a Craigslist posting. But this Chinese-language forum, which had some 5,700 users, wasn’t selling used Pelotons or cleaning services. It was selling human beings — in particular, human beings in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and other cities in southeast Asia.

“Selling a Chinese man in Sihanoukville just smuggled from China. 22 years old with ID card, typing very slow,” one ad read, listing $10,000 as the price. Another began: “Cambodia, Sihanoukville, six Bangladeshis, can type and speak English.” Like handbills in the days of American slavery, the channel also included offers of bounties for people who had run away. (After an inquiry from ProPublica, Telegram closed the White Shark Channel for “distributing the private information of individuals without consent.” But similar forums still operate freely.)