billAs big companies like Facebook, AT&T, Google, and others have proven that their user’s information isn’t always as safe and secure as people assume. So last week, attendees of the annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) conference created a Users’ Bill of Rights. This bill should finally  give Internet users some peace of mind about what their information is really being used for.

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We’ve all heard about Facebook’s privacy issues and their attempts at fixing them.  These security breaches have been receiving a lot of attention recently, but one of the most surprising statistics to hit the web is just how much Facebook’s privacy issues are really affecting their user’s willingness to stick around.

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facebook3Facebook users have something new to fear, a virus known as Bredolab, is rapidly spreading through the popular social network. The virus masks itself as a “Password Reset Confirmation Email” and appears to come from Facebook. This deceiving email includes an attachment that supposedly contains a new password for the user.

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houstonsA young couple in Hackensack, New Jersey was fired from the Houston’s restaurant chain after it was discovered that they had created a private MySpace page for employees to bash the restaurant on. Doreen Marino and her boyfriend Brian Pietrylo, were fired after a manager was given a password to the website and claimed that they had violated Houston’s “core values of professionalism and a positive mental attitude.”

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twitterUsers of the social networking website Twitter have yet another virus to fear. According to these latest reports, there is a new worm related to a phishing scam floating around Twitter and it’s using the system’s direct messages to spread.

An already compromised account will send a direct message to another account with a body similar to:

“rofl this you on here? http://videos.twitter.secure-logins01.com.”

Once users click on the link they are asked to submit their information via a fake Twitter login page. And, once they’ve entered their login information, hackers use the compromised account to send a fresh batch of messages to all of the person’s Twitter followers. By luring unsuspecting users with “rofl is this you?” promises of a funny picture, victims are inclined to click on the fake link and thus subject themselves to the phishing virus.

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burglarJonathan Parker is like most teens nowadays that can’t stop checking Facebook. But for Jonathan, his Facebook addiction ended up being his Achilles heel. Earlier in the week, the 19 year old broke in to a home and stole two diamond rings. While breaking in, he took a break to log on to one of the household’s computers and check his Facebook account. Unfortunately for him, he forgot to log out. By not logging out, he lead a trail directly to him that the police could use.

Mr. Parker is currently in custody and is facing a maximum 10 year sentence.

(Via Mashable)

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