Cambridge Analytica scandal & Mauritius

Earlier this year a major privacy scandal rocked the tech industry. It started with the revelations1 of Christopher Wylie, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, in which Wylie stated how Cambridge Analytica harvested data of Facebook users through their developed apps and how the data collected was used to predict & even influence the choices of American voters. Slowly, as more information was revealed, it became apparent that the privacy scandal was not limited to the U. [Read More]

UK Information Office steps into Cambridge Analytica investigation

Amidst media reports on the privacy breach by Cambridge Analytica & Facebook, the latter announced1 hiring digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg, to investigate the claims. We have hired a digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg, to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica has agreed to comply and afford the firm complete access to their servers and systems. We have approached the other parties involved — Christopher Wylie and Aleksandr Kogan — and asked them to submit to an audit as well. [Read More]

Can a like or share on Facebook amount to Cybercrime?

Recently a “fake news” item flooded the Facebook feeds in Mauritius. The website which would dupe people in thinking it is Metro UK, published an article that said Miss Mauritius was arrested in the UK. Utterly false! The following is a statement by the Cybercrime Unit of the Mauritius Police Force: Du côté de la Cyber-crime Unit, une source officielle affirme que si Bessika Bucktawor fait une déposition formelle à la police, des actions seront prises non seulement contre ceux à l’origine de l’article, mais également contre les personnes qui ont partagé le lien. [Read More]

Why purple birds appear in my Facebook feeds?

My colleague, Nadim, asked me this morning whether I know why so many people are posting this weird “head banging” purple bird on Facebook? I answered “Nah, I don’t” but I was just like him, wondering as much, what is this purple bird about? Then during the day I found that The Verge wrote about it. The purple birds are called “Trash Doves” which come from a set of Facebook stickers made by artist Syd Weiler. [Read More]

LUGM: Linux Magazine

Some time back while having a black coffee in the morning an evil idea lurked in my mind. I instantly posted about it on facebook. Folks were eager to know more. Later in the afternoon I detailed it in another post. It went like this: The response I got was great. Many liked the post & several others commented to further encourage. Two days later Nadim started a group discussion. The same pulled in several people into the pool, who might help with the project. [Read More]

facebook password retrieve scam

I was having some boring moment typing a document when facebook blinged with me being tagged somewhere. A couple of minutes later another friend shares this status: There is a nasty script out there. People will ask you to open development console and inject hex codes to retrieve facebook emails and passwords. This is just a hoax which will keep on tagging your friends in pictures. So, is there really a nasty script out there? [Read More]

facebook valentine nonsense

It’s 2014 and instead of people rising, I again am constantly faced with the bitter fact that people are yet still easy to fool. YES! I am talking of the Apps people use on facebook. Two days ago I posted a status saying anyone who sends me Valentine’s requests will be on my HIT list. I thought people would consider this message and stay away from crappy Apps out there. Wait! [Read More]

How to remove Facebook apps?

The Facebook rogue apps saga never ends. Since the past few days I’ve been constantly tagged in some Who has visited your profile thingy. Yeah, you must have come across that in your feeds. I usually un-tag myself from the posts when I’m notified. This morning I pinged someone to review her facebook apps settings & informed her that the posts are getting spammy tagging people several times a week. She replied she’s not being able to do it. [Read More]

Facebook scam, again…

I was about to write a review on openSUSE 13.1 Beta 1 today. However, something else caught my attention. On my facebook feeds I saw: OU ENA 18ANS OU PLUS,,OUN ENVIE TRAVAIL DAN OU TEMPS LIBRE OU BIEN DAN OU LAKAZ MEM: TRAVAILLER A DOMICILE POUR UNE FIRME INTERNATIONAL BASEE AU ETATS UNIS ET VOUS SEREZ PAYER EN US$ DOLLARS. NOUS RECRUTONS POUR TRAVAILLER A DOMICILE POUR UNE FIRME AMERICAINE ET GAGNER $500 EN MOYENNE PAR MOIS EN TRAVAILLANT UN MINIMUM DE 55 A 60 MINUTES POUR GERER UN CLIENT ET CHAQUE MOIS LE SALAIRE SERA AUGMENTER EN ACCUMULANT LE REVENUE ET LES CLIENTS DU PREMIER MOIS. [Read More]

Why some facebook profiles contain only the first name?

A friend asked me the question today – Why some facebook profiles contain only the first name? Is that normal? I told my friend I’ll inquire and answer later. Now that inquiry is over … here’s my answer. Most people having only their first name shown on facebook have actually used an Indonesian proxy to fake their location and benefit from the Indonesian naming system. In Indonesia people don’t usually have family names. [Read More]