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The Islamic State Hacking Division recently created waves when it posted personal information of military personnel online - and called for attacks on the soldiers and Marines.
The ISIS group posted names, photos and addresses of US military personnel, with the list reportedly collected using public databases and social media. The hacker group didn't breach any sensitive networks, according to military sources - leading officers to be careful of social media activities.
"I am sending this message as a reminder regarding vigilance while using social media," said Army Major. General Michael Garrett. "A couple months ago, we reached out to remind you of the reality that we are operating in a 'new norm' in which cyber threats are real and constant; any Centcom teammate or family member could be targeted. To that end, we all should maintain a heightened sense of vigilance whether dealing with work or home computer usage, specifically as it relates to social media."
We've just reported on the Bunnings Warehouse $2,000 voucher scam plaguing unexpected users as new information has come to light on a Qantas Airline scam hitting the tech radar also.
Reportedly over 100,000 people have already fallen victim to this scam, seeing first-class air travel promised to users in return for liking and sharing image on their wall, gathering an additional 80,000 likes on the Facebook page itself.
In reality your reward is absolutely nothing - we've seen these 'like and share' competitions happen quite often in the past, promising prizes ranging from holidays to iPhone's.
Qantas has refuted this competition, claiming "we're aware of this fake Facebook account. It is a scam and has nothing to do with Qantas. Facebook has been advised and are currently investigating," adding that "our campaigns are always run from our authenticated Facebook page (identified by its authorized blue tick) or through the official Qantas website."
We've seen this plenty of times before - excited people looking to cash in on a quick buck through social media promotions and ending up participating in a large scale scam.
Navigating through the Facebook link as seen above will see you fill out an information form in what you think is an exchange for a $2,000 Bunnings hardware store voucher - but what you're actually doing is giving away your precious personal information, your IP address and quite possibly your computers' virus-free integrity.
There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and after you've already shared the event to your friends you come out empty handed and confused.
Bunnings has officially stated that they are not involved with this competition - "Bunnings is in no way associated with any of the above activities and does not use social media for any offers or promotions. Bunnings will also never ask for personal or banking details in unsolicited communications."
We're not quite sure how they didn't see this coming - Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a hashtag campaign on Twitter in order to generate some positive feedback, interaction and support with the wider community.
Their #AskHamas tag quickly backfired on them with people asking hard-hitting questions about human shields, suicide bombings and various rocket attacks. News.com.au found out that this hashtag certainly has generated some global feedback, topping 36,000 tweets in one day - but not in the way that was expected.
One of the questions asked was by Jeffery Goldberg, an American Journalist, who pitched "Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002?"
The Salvation Army (The Salvos) has taken this highly controversial dress and used it for something other than Facebook arguments with their new campaign that asks the question "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?" Further stating "The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women."
This has been shared around on various social networks along with almost 5,000 re-tweets on their Twitter feed, showing that the The Salvos have some extremely savvy people working behind the scenes. Viral messages with a purpose have begun to pop up in recent times, bringing the ALS ice bucket challenge first to mind.
If you haven't kept up with what exactly 'the dress' is, it's a Roman Originals model that looked blue and black to some and white and gold to others. Striking massive debate throughout the internet a few days ago.
It had previously been uncovered that Hillary Clinton was taking use of a private email account whilst serving as the US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 - people in these positions are historically asked to use their officially supplied email accounts for reasons including transparency and security.
On her official Twitter page, Clinton claims she has nothing to hide, stating "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible."
This was then followed by a statement from the State Department whom warned users of this tedious process "The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases. We will undertake this review as soon as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete."
Andrew Marcum was announced as wanted by the Butler Country Sherrif's office on their Facebook page recently, listing an extensive criminal history including "burglary / safe-cracking (a Felony 2). He's also been dabbling in abduction (F2), assault (M1), domestic violence (M1)" and more.
It seems Andrew was fairly happy with this post, seeing a reply from a Facebook account with the same name and photo stating "I ain't tripping half of them don't even know me." If you're not even sure what that means, it's ok because we don't either.
There hasn't been a solid confirmation as to if this account is real or a troll attempt, however Richard K. Jones from the police department tweeted a picture and said "Hey Andrew Marcum we've got your room ready..."
Facebook remains dedicated to developing social media and Internet access across the world, and won't try to deviate to car development, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
During a Q&A session during Mobile World Congress (MWC), Zuckerberg was asked if he had interest in other technologies, similar to Google's autonomous car and Apple's rumored vehicle development. However, the Silicon Valley billionaire said his company is "pretty focused" on current objectives, and straying to new projects isn't a priority.
Facebook wants to connect people across the world, and the company's objective is "pretty broad," using social networking, Internet.org to get more people connected, and further developing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
US investigators are monitoring a resident in Michigan suspected of using social media to recruit - and inspire - Islamic extremism. Ahmad Musa Jibril, encouraging followers to "spread Islam by the sword," is a Palestinian-American living in Dearborn, Michigan. He is on probation after being released in 2012 for an insurance fraud conviction.
A federal judge restricted Jibril's Internet usage in 2014, but his following on social media has continued to grow. Investigators are searching through his Twitter followers and those who have "liked" his Facebook page, looking for digital fingerprints into possible extremist activity.
"There is nothing to suggest he has changed his views," said Peter Neumann, a British researcher, in a statement published by CBS News. "He has toned them down because he realizes that if he doesn't tone them down they will come after him."
Facebook, the No. 1 social networking website, wants to integrate virtual reality into user news feeds, and is creating demo versions to show off the new feature. To take things a step further, Facebook users also have the ability to share their virtual experiences with other members.
In the live VR demos, Facebook members can visit Mongolia, or sit in an F/A-18 Hornet cockpit.
"Not a lot of people are going to get to Mongolia in their life... I've never been," said Chris Cox, head of product at Facebook, while speaking at the Code/Media conference. "You can look around. It's beautiful. And you immediately understand it's like one of these things... the first time you're in it, you realize you're looking at the future."