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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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WannaCry Some More? Cybercriminals Using NSA Hacking Tools to Attack Citizens

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A cybersecurity firm has announced hacking tools linked to the US National Security Agency are being exploited by cybercriminals. NSA-linked hacking tools are being used by cybercriminals in efforts to remotely steal money and confidential information from online banking users, according to researchconducted by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint. Proofpoint researchers discovered two different banking trojans in the wild, with computer…

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Fiat Must Face Some Claims In Drivers’ Hacking Risk Suit

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

An Illinois federal judge on Monday refused to entirely dismiss a putative class action claiming some Fiat Chrysler Jeeps are susceptible to hacking, saying that the plaintiffs can continue to claim they overpaid for the vehicles. District Court Judge Michael Reagan dismissed remaining claims that possible future car hacking could…

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Hackers could take over your computer if they fragged you on some CS:GO servers

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An exploit in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Source (SDK) engine was removed in a June update, according a report from software security company One Up Security yesterday. The vulnerability allowed users in CS:GO community browser and third-party servers to hack into another player’s computer merely through killing them on a…

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Dark Web Hosting Service Hacked, Some Data Was Stolen

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Deep Hosting — a Dark Web hosting service — admitted yesterday to suffering a major security incident during which “some sites have …

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Computer expert: Some voting machines can be directly hacked

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Computer expert: Some voting machines can be directly hacked

A computer science professor told the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday that voting machines that create an electronic record of the voters’ decisions are open to fraud and computer hacking, vulnerabilities that are big enough to potentially change the outcome of some elections. J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science at…

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Some question government’s responsibility in cyber security after latest breach

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This week’s news about the CIA having the ability to access cell phones didn’t come as a surprise to some. However, there are also those that are concerned about whether or not withholding that information from tech companies is safe …

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Meridian Police warn there are some apps parents shouldn’t allow their kids to have

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Lake Hazel Middle Schoolers are learning a valuable lesson outside the classroom. They’re working to make a friendship tree to show kindness to others.

“I’m hoping they learn kindness can go a long way if they are kind to each other, we have a better school environment,” said Jenna Lowman the counselor at Lake Hazel Middle School.

And in this digital age of bullying, kindness is quickly forgotten.

“Parents have no idea when you give this smart device to your kid, that it can get them into danger very quickly,” said School Resource Officer David Gomez of the Meridian Police Department.

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Some malls are banning teens amid disturbances and unruly gatherings fueled by social media

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Some malls are banning teens amid disturbances and unruly gatherings fueled by social media

It seemed like a typical Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping mall in Culver City, until chaos erupted. False reports began to spread about a gunman in the mall on Jan. 7, prompting shoppers to flee and bringing a huge …

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Parents, Some Reasonable Age-Appropriate Expectations For Your Young Kids

Recently, I published a blog post Parents, Get Realistic About Your Expectations For Young Kids. I knew I hit a universal nerve when I received a copy that had been translated into German. Many parents wrote that they wanted to learn more about having realistic expectations, but also struggled with what rules and expectations were OK. To find answers I turned to my favorite consultant, my daughter, Alissa Levy Chung, child psychologist and parent of three children.

Laurie Levy: Several readers wondered if not punishing their young children for inappropriate behavior would lead to undisciplined children.

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