×twitter-bot-activity.png Security Online security 101: How to protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram Microsoft loses control over Windows Tiles subdomain Failed student jailed for Silk Road, dark web drug profiteering The activity of Russian-linked Twitter bots and trolls spiked after the release of the Mueller Report, George Kamide, Director at digital risk protection provider SafeGuard Cyber told ZDNet today.Kamide said his company observed a 286 percent increase in Russian bot and troll activity on Twitter following the public release of the long-awaited Mueller Report.Dormant bots came to lifeThe company also noted that the number of unique bots and trolls also increased by 48 percent from the previous day.This suggests that botnet herders had created thousands of Twitter bot accounts in advance --which they left dormant-- and activated for the release of the Mueller Report, during … [Read more...] about Twitter bot activity spiked after the release of the Mueller Report
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Facebook experienced an almost day-long outage on Wednesday. Facebook's outage affected a near 2 billion people, with their problems starting around 9 a.m. PT Wednesday morning. The outage affected users mainly in the US and Europe, but also affected users in South America, Australia and Asia. The outage was also felt in apps and companies owned by Facebook, most notably Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook's virtual reality company Oculus, was also affected. On Thursday Facebook announced the problem was due to a server configuration change and apologized for what eventually became the longest and largest outage in its history. While many abstain from social media, there's no denying its presence in today's world. Many people were frustrated not being able to load their social feeds. Many businesses who use Facebook or Instagram for ad placements were undoubtedly upset as well. Did this outage affect you at all? Did you even notice it? While Facebook and Instagram are the … [Read more...] about CNET Asks: Did you notice the Facebook outage?
Facebook's daylong outage has finally ended. The troubles first hit the social network -- which has more than 2 billion users around the world -- around 9 a.m. PT Wednesday, according to outage tracking site Downdetector. At this point on Thursday, more than 24 hours later, users have by and large regained full access. On Thursday, Facebook blamed the problem on "a server configuration change," saying that it had resolved the issues and that "our systems are recovering."Instagram was also down for many hours, starting at around the same time. However, Instagram's official Twitter account announced the platform was back in action at 9:41 p.m. PT time on Wednesday. Users throughout the day Wednesday posted on Twitter that they were seeing a message saying Facebook was "down for maintenance." Other users trying to post status updates on Facebook, including CNET staff, got error messages saying "something went wrong." The outage mainly affected users in the US and … [Read more...] about Facebook blames server slipup for longest outage in its history
Almost a day after users began struggling to log in and post to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, the company has given an explanation: a technical error."Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues," a Facebook spokesperson told TechRadar via email. "As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services. We have resolved the issues, and our systems have been recovering over the last few hours. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone’s patience.” Back in businessThe problems began yesterday (Wednesday 13 March), with nearly all of Facebook's services, including mobile apps and even the Oculus Store, experiencing partial or full outages.The company was quick to confirm that the problem wasn't due to a DDoS attack, but posted no further updates for 22 hours. The company has now shared a post on its official Twitter account confirming that the problem was a technical issue, … [Read more...] about Facebook blames app outage on a technical error
There’s no need to panic, but nearly all of Facebook’s services are currently facing partial or complete outages, with thousands of users around the world affected, including some of us here at TechRadar.Facebook had to take to Twitter to tell its users it is aware of the global outage and is working to restore functionality.Anyone affected by Facebook’s outage is faced with an error message on the login page that reads, “Facebook is down for required maintenance right now but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you’re seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site.”Facebook Messenger, while working perfectly fine for some, is down for others. We checked a few accounts here at TechRadar and found a mixed bag – some were fully functional on both desktop and mobile, while others were either working on desktop only, and some on mobile only.Instagram, too, is not loading … [Read more...] about Facebook and Instagram currently suffering worldwide outage