Private messages aren’t

A new study shows that several major internet companies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, are compromising the privacy of their users’ emails:

Cyber-security company High-Tech Bridge set out to test the confidentiality of 50 of the biggest internet companies by using their systems to send a unique web address in private messages. Experts at its Geneva HQ then waited to see which companies clicked on the website. During the ten-day operation, six of the 50 companies tested were found to have opened the link.

The companies’ defenses:

Facebook declined to comment on the latest research but said it had complex automated systems in place to combat phishing (internet identity fraud) and reduce malicious material. Twitter also declined to comment directly but said it used robotic systems to bar spam messages from customer accounts. A source at Google said: ‘There is nothing new here. It simply isn’t an issue.’

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