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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising two separate campaigns, impersonating Facebook Inc., in an attempt to trick its users into thinking that their Facebook account has been disabled. What these two campaigns have in common is the fact that the client-side exploits serving domains are both parked on the same IP. Once users click on any of the links found in the malicious emails, they’re exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit.

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Google Play(ing) Fast And Loose With Privacy

Sydney app developer Dan Nolan is the creator of the Paul Keating insult generator, which recently hit number one in the Aussie Google App Store. Besides the bragging rights and some bucks, he discovered in his merchant account that he had every person’s email address, suburb, and in many instances their full name.

Let me make this crystal clear, every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information is actually being transferred. – Massive Google Play Privacy Issue

The impact? Here is news.com.au’s take on the Google Play privacy issue:

With Google customers’ details just sitting in developers accounts, all it would take is a half decent piece of malware software for that information to be accessed. These personal details could then be used to access the users’ bank details. That’s also more than enough information to be able to access your other devices which could also be mined for more data – insurance information, other credit cards – which could then be used to access your banking credentials. Read more

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Girls-Only App Dishes on Potential Dates

NBCNews: 

If Facebook stalking doesn’t provide the information a girl needs to decide whether to meet the cute guy for coffee after class, she now has a new app in her arsenal. Lulu, a girls-only app, lets users rate guys on their dateability.

Created in the United Kingdom, Lulu has just rolled into the App Store and Google Play after campuswide testing at Florida State University and the University of Florida, 

Lulu – Girls-Only Rating App

Lulu is essentially a virtual response to the old bathroom wall. By rather than simply dialing 867-5309 for a good time with Jenny and taking your chances, you can get a whole slew of ratings on a guy using the Lulu app. Everything from how often he pays for dinner to how wild he is in bed. Not to mention a bunch of personal information from Facebook a lot of guys may not want shared. And since they don’t know its been downloaded, this data is going to stay in Lulu’s database until Lulu merges, goes bankrupt, or gets sued.

Of course, how many women keep ex’s on their friend’s list? Or perhaps, what kind of women keeps all of her old flames on her friend’s list? We posted a little research ourselves. Here’s the problem. Lulu promote anonymity. But in their terms and conditions, they require you to get the permission from every person you rate. In other words, they are advertising one thing, then trying to cover their asses with making you legally responsible if the guy you upload decides he doesn’t like his personal data distributed around. We have an app distributed through Google and Apple that violates its own terms and conditions and sucks up and stores data about guys without their permission for long-term storage.  More on the privacy issues with Lulu on Tony Phelp’s editorial blog.

While viewing a SnapChat photo, take a screenshot by pressing the home and power button at the same time, while making sure to continue holding on the screen in order to ensure that the picture gets captured.

After taking the screenshot, the photo won’t show on the screen and you will be brought back to your list of snaps.

Before the photo expires, double tap the home button to bring up the multitasking bar. Once you’ve brought that up, SnapChat won’t recognize your screenshot.

Courtesy of TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/22/not-so-ephemeral-messaging-new-snapchat-hack-lets-users-save-photos-forever/