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Don’t fall for this Facebook friend request hoax

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At first glance, it appears like a friend is trying to warn you about your Facebook account potentially being hacked — but it’s actually a hoax. Facebook users who are receiving these friendly reminders are being urged to resist heeding the advice. Messages that have circulated on the social media platform in recent days have all been worded similarly to this: “Hi….I actually got another friend request from you which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too….I had to do the people individually. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME.” A Facebook spokesman told Fox News Tuesday these messages are taking the form of a “‘chain mail’ type of notice.” “We’ve heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook,” the spokesman confirmed. Cloning occurs when a scammer copies your entire profile, including your name and photos, and creates a second identical account with hopes of gaining access to your friends’ profiles. Once they get accepted as a friend, they attempt to get personal information. While thousands of people have
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US attorneys general investigating Google data breach

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At least two US states are investigating a breach at Alphabet Inc.’s Google that may have exposed private profile data of at least 500,000 users to hundreds of external developers. The investigation follows Google’s announcement Monday that it would shut down the consumer version of its social network Google+ and tighten its data-sharing policies after a “bug” potentially exposed user data that included names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages. “We are aware of public reporting on this matter and are currently undertaking efforts to gain an understanding of the nature and cause of the intrusion, whether sensitive information was exposed, and what steps are being taken or called for to prevent similar intrusions in the future,” Jaclyn Severance, a spokeswoman for Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, told Reuters in an email. The New York Attorney General’s Office also said it was looking into the breach. Google said the issue was discovered and patched in March as part of a review of how Google shares data with other applications. No developer exploited the vulnerability or misused data, the company’s review found. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Google opted not to disclose the security issue due to fears
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SpaceX rocket carrying Argentinian satellite takes off successfully

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. The primary purpose of the mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery of first stages to its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast. The Air Force last week advised residents on the central California coast they might see multiple engine burns by the first stage and hear one or more sonic booms as it returned. SpaceX also has successfully landed Falcon 9 first stages on so-called drone ships off the coasts of Florida and California, all as part of its effort to decrease the cost of space launches by reusing rockets rather than allowing them to fall into the ocean. The satellite is the first of two for Argentina’s space agency, Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, and will work in conjunction with a constellation of Italian space agency satellites. Its name
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Alphabet shuts down Google+ social network amid data breach

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Goodbye, Google+. Search giant Google said it is shutting down its little-used social network after it discovered — and reportedly covered up for several months — a “bug” that exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users. The breach at Google’s flopped, seven-year-old bid to challenge Facebook was discovered and fixed in March, but had been open since 2015, The Wall Street Journal first reported on Oct. 8. Rather than promptly disclose the breach, which affected nearly a half-million users, Google kept mum as executives feared a regulatory clampdown and damage to its reputation, the Journal reported. With Facebook under siege this spring because of the Cambridge Analytica data-privacy scandal, Google feared the bug would draw “immediate regulatory interest,” according to an internal memo reviewed by the Journal. It’s not clear whether Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were notified of the mess. But Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was made aware of the plan to keep the breach quiet until an internal committee at Google decided how it handle it, the Journal reported. The California-based tech juggernaut — which in May removed its famous “don’t be evil” motto from its code of conduct — insisted on Oct.
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Facebook wants to track your exact location via Instagram

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If you fear that Facebook will turn Instagram into a cash machine now that the Instagram creators are out the door, then you’ll want to make sure you’re in control of the way Instagram handles your data. That’s because Facebook now wants to get ahold of your location history from Instagram to deliver targeted ads inside Facebook. The news comes from a TechCrunch source who revealed details about unreleased Instagram features in the past that were later added to the app. Instagram is already prototyping the new privacy setting, which would let it share your location with Facebook. What’s disturbing is that your exact GPS coordinates will be collected by Instagram even when you’re not using the app. That way Facebook would have an idea of what kind of locations you frequent and what kind of ads you’d be likely to click. Per TechCrunch: The geo-tagged data would appear to users in their Facebook Profile’s Activity Log, which include creepy daily maps of the places you been. A Facebook spokesperson didn’t deny that the feature is in testing: To confirm, we haven’t introduced updates to our location settings. As you know, we often work on ideas that may evolve over time
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Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?

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Jack Poulson, a Google research scientist, recently became alarmed by reports that the company was developing a search engine for China that would censor content on behalf of the government. While Dr. Poulson works on search technologies, he had no knowledge of the product, which was code-named Dragonfly. So in a meeting last month with Jeff Dean, the company’s head of artificial intelligence, Dr. Poulson asked if Google planned to move ahead with the product and if his work would contribute to censorship and surveillance in China. According to Dr. Poulson, Mr. Dean said that Google complied with surveillance requests from the federal government and asked rhetorically if the company should leave the United States market in protest. Mr. Dean also shared a draft of a company email that read, “We won’t and shouldn’t provide 100 percent transparency to every Googler, to respect our commitments to customer confidentiality and giving our product teams the freedom to innovate.” The next day, Dr. Poulson quit the company. Mr. Dean did not respond to a request for comment, and Google declined to comment. Across the technology industry, rank-and-file employees are demanding greater insight into how their companies are deploying the technology that they built. At
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New moon lander would allow astronauts to stay on surface for 2 weeks

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Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new lunar lander prototype that would let astronauts stay on the moon for up to two weeks. The spacecraft, known as the Mars Base Camp Precursor Lunar Lander, would use the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway as its home base, which NASA said it will start building near the moon in 2022, Space.com reports. “NASA asked industry for innovative and new approaches to advance America’s goal of returning humans to the Moon, and establishing a sustainable, enduring presence there,” said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of commercial civil space at Lockheed Martin Space, in a press release. “This is a concept that takes full advantage of both the Gateway and existing technologies to create a versatile, powerful lander that can be built quickly and affordably. This lander could be used to establish a surface base, deliver scientific or commercial cargo, and conduct extraordinary exploration of the Moon.” In conjunction with the Lunar Gateway, the Mars Base Camp Precursor Lunar Lander would take astronauts and 1.1 tons of cargo to the moon’s surface, according to a Lockheed white paper on the topic. From there, they could stay on the lunar surface for two weeks, then go back to the Gateway
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Europe’s regulations could make it leader in electric car production

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European carmakers are rolling out electric vehicles like the ones on view this week at the Paris Motor Show to burnish their reputations as technology leaders and to compete with Tesla. But also because EU regulations don’t leave them much choice. New emission standards mean Europe will soon see an upsurge in electric offerings, outpacing the United States, where the regulatory push has eased under the Trump administration, but still likely lagging China, where the government is mandating more e-cars. The new rules could increase sales of electrics in Europe from a minuscule 0.6 percent of the 14.5-million vehicle annual market to the high single digits over the next five or six years. From about 10 available models there would be several dozen to choose from. Many questions remain open, not least the availability of public, fast-charging stations to match Tesla’s proprietary network. And customers, especially those aiming to get the most for their money, may think electrics are virtuous enough in theory — but in practice don’t buy them because they cost more, and because reliable places to charge up away from home remain scarce. At the Paris show, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz is showing off the EQC, while Volkswagen’s Audi
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Hackers selling Facebook logins on the dark web for $2

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Hackers are selling Facebook logins for just $2.60 on the dark web, according to new research. The study by Money Guru found that Facebook logins can be bought for as little as £2.30, with the report coming just hours after it was revealed that an enormous data breach has left at least 50 million Facebook accounts compromised. The research also found that hacked email logins are also being flogged on dark web marketplaces, which are easily accessible to anyone with the right browser and web addresses. Even financial data is being sold cheaply, with credit card information available for as little as $14 and debit card information for $19.50. The research was looking into the availability of logins for sale for the 26 most commonly used online accounts. It found that someone’s entire online identity could theoretically be bought for a grand total of just $972, which would buy access to online shopping accounts, entertainment services and social media profiles. The data for sale would also include personal information in the affected accounts such as home addresses and phone numbers. The report said: “Although the amount stolen from a UK fraud victim is often relatively small, 39 percent of cases
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Facebook hackers got access to Tinder, Spotify, Instagram and more

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Facebook’s latest data breach doesn’t just affect the social network — but loads of other sites too. If you use Facebook to log into other services — like Instagram or Tinder — then Facebook hack attackers may have stolen all of your profile info, photos, private messages and more. On Friday evening, Facebook revealed that hackers were given access to 50 million accounts. This let them use your Facebook account “as if they were the account holder” — a shocking security breach. But because of the way the hack worked, it also gave attackers the same level of access to any accounts you use Facebook to log in with. So if you tied your Facebook to Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Tinder or Airbnb, just to name a few, hackers will have been able to slip into those accounts too. It’s all thanks to a major screw-up in Facebook’s code. When you log into websites like Facebook, you are given an access token. Access tokens are like digital keys that remind the website — and other linked services — that you’re logged in. That’s why when you close the Facebook tab and open it up again later, you’re still logged in. If