1. Find and share a resource to support teaching students in secondary years about security in apps (e.g. whatsapp security). Include a brief description.


Since the start of 2018, Facebook has had a seemingly constant cascade of security issues and privacy scandals. Here’s a look back at the social media giant’s most serious issues.

In February 2018, Facebook was found guilty in German and Belgian courts of violating privacy laws. Later in the same month, Facebook claimed a bug led to engagement notifications being texted to users based on the phone number submitted for Facebook’s two-factor authentication (2FA). The social media giant later admitted it did, in fact, harvest 2FA numbers for advertising purposes.

But it’s the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which broke on March 19, 2018, that is considered the beginning of Facebook’s security issues. Cambridge Analytica, a political data analytics firm, used a legitimate app distributed by a third party to harvest Facebook user data. The app was downloaded willingly by 270,000 people

Additionally, in April 2018, KrebsOnSecurity reported on dozens of Facebook groups openly being used for cybercrime purposes.

In December 2018, a Facebook API bug exposed photos of 6.8 million users. But more damaging was the release of details from internal Facebook email messages.

To start April 2019, researchers discovered third-party databases containing 146 GB of Facebook data on 540 million users exposed publicly.

In mid-April, a security researcher noticed Facebook was asking users to provide email passwords and if a user entered the password, Facebook would import the user’s contact list without asking permission to do so. Ultimately, Facebook collected contact lists from 1.5 million users.


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