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Facebook #secretly deleted #some of Mark Zuckerberg’s private #messages over fears the #company could be #hacked

Want to delete that embarrassing message you just sent? WhatsApp will let you, and so will Instagram — but if you’re using Facebook, then you’re out of luck.

Unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and cofounder of Facebook.

TechCrunch reported Thursday that some old messages sent by Zuckerberg and senior executives have disappeared from recipients’ Facebook Messenger inboxes, proven by the original email receipts sent at the time.

The company appeared to confirm the unique arrangement, telling TechCrunch the change was made in response to an uptick in hacking.

“After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications. These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages,” the company said.

The Sony hack targeted the emails of Sony film executives, which revealed a side of Hollywood rarely seen by outsiders, and the decision to name the event as a catalyst for Facebook’s message purge indicates how troubling the incident was in Silicon Valley — and that Facebook was concerned about being hacked.

The company also raised the idea of a “retention period,” though there is no such thing for normal users. If a user long presses a private message on Facebook a “Delete Message” pop up confirms that the function will “delete your copy of the message,” and the recipients’ copy will remain.

Facebook-owned Instagram has long had the option to “unsend” direct messages, while Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently launched a deletion function where unread messages can be deleted “for everyone.” A message is then displayed to all participants that content has been deleted.

But Zuckerberg’s deleted messages didn’t leave behind any such message, probably because they had already been read, many years ago.

The messages were originally sent to former employees and people outside of Facebook. According to TechCrunch, the recipients of the now-deleted messages were not informed at any stage that correspondence they received had been erased.

Zuckerberg may be the CEO of Facebook, but it’s unclear how the decision to remove senior executives’ messages would be allowed under the company’s terms of service. The terms only allow Facebook to remove content if the company believes “that it violates this Statement or our policies” or for infringing copyright.

Deleting messages quietly, and selectively, also appears to fly in the face of Facebook’s campaign to “make the world more open and transparent.” Its own policies say that the company “should publicly make available information about its purpose, plans, policies, and operations.”

Facebook appears to have not followed these policies in this instance, and it raises questions about the recipient’s right to privacy.

The news comes just weeks after the Cambridge Analytica scandal which has seen Zuckerberg admit that tens of millions of users probably had their data scraped.

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Private #Equity Giants Buy #Cybersecurity #Firm for $400 #Million

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The trend of private equity firms snapping up cybersecurity businesses continues.

BlackRock and Pamplona Capital Management have jointly acquired PhishMe, a cybersecurity company based in Leesburg, Va., in a deal that valued the firm at $400 million.

Pamplona has purchased a two-thirds stake in the business, while BlackRock has bought the remainder, a person familiar with the terms of the deal told Fortune.

In addition to the change in ownership, PhishMe on Monday rebranded itself as “Cofense.” The new name derives from a combination of “collaborative” (or “collective”) and “defense.”

Rohyt Belani, CEO and cofounder of the company now called Cofense, said the executive team decided to sell the business to allow “early investors to cash out, and for employees and common stock holders to partake in the spoils.” The company was last privately valued at roughly $200 million after its most recent fundraising round in July 2016, according to Pitchbook, a database that tracks venture capital deals.

The cybersecurity industry benefited from a flurry of VC activity as big data breaches made headlines over the past few years. A recent pullback in funding, however, has left a glut of companies struggling to find new means of financing.

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Hackers threaten to send Android users’ private photos and messages to all their friends and family

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Thousands of Android users are being held to ransom by a new strain of malware known as LeakerLocker. The so-called ransomware is being used by hackers to extort victims by threatening to leak their personal information to all their contacts unless a ransom is paid. This information could potentially include…

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Private sector urged to focus on cyber security defense

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The private sector will come under increased focus to serve as the first line of defense for cyber security, a former general counsel for the U.S. National Security Agency said Wednesday. Rajesh De, now a partner at Mayer Brown’s Washington …

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Hackers take on private engineering college after student suicide

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Hackers take on private engineering college after student suicide

Soon after threatening the management of a Kerala-based engineering college, where a student killed himself earlier this month, hackers have taken down the college website. A group of hackers claiming to be part of the hacker collective Anonymous has released …

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Private Companies Shouldn’t Be The Ones Crying ‘State-Sponsored Hack!’

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Private Companies Shouldn’t Be The Ones Crying ‘State-Sponsored Hack!’

If the U.S. government doesn’t start officially attributing cyberattacks, it risks losing control of the narrative and evolving legal norms.
In the presidential debate last week, Hillary Clinton cited Russia’s responsibility for the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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Hacker Publishes Missouri Congressman’s Private Information

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Hacker Publishes Missouri Congressman’s Private Information

WASHINGTON–U.S. 5th District Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) says he has received “an avalanche of mean-spirited phone calls” following a cyberattack last week that made public his cell phone number and personal information. Cleaver said that he received calls from as

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ACLU calls on Hogan to withhold $5M for private schools – Education Week

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No vouchers for private school students needing monetary aid – Education Week

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NK hackers increasingly attacking private firms

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

North Korean hackers are increasing their attacks on South Korean private companies. Pyongyang’s latest attacks on the computer networks of KT, Hanjin Group and SK Group shows that private firms have lax cybersecurity overall compared to the government and public organizations, therefore easily falling prey to North Korean hackers. The victimized firms include Korean Air […]

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