‘DoubleSwitch’ is a new hacking tactic for Twitter accounts

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Hackers are taking over Twitter accounts and spreading misinformation in a new kind of attack, The Verge reported, citing digital rights group Access Now. The accounts of human rights activists and journalists in Venezuela and Bahrain have been the targets. The hack, called “DoubleSwitch” involves taking over the account and…


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Russian hackers targeted Pentagon workers with malware-laced Twitter messages

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Russia may have used Twitter as a tool of international espionage. An article published today in Time describes an official report that circulated through the intelligence community, claiming agents of the Russian government sent malware-laced Twitter messages to more than 10,000 employees of the US Department of Defense. “Depending on…


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Someone Hacked Far-Right Group Britain First’ Website, Twitter and YouTube

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The website and social media accounts of Britain First, a far-right group were hacked earlier yesterday by unknown hackers. Although it is unclear how the hack was conducted the hackers were able to compromise Britain First’s official YouTube channel, Twitter account of Paul Golding, the leader of Britain First and…


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Twitter sues U.S. Homeland Security to block probe into Trump critic’s identity

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The social media company said that allowing the department access to the person behind the @ALT_USCIS account would produce a “grave chilling effect.” Twitter filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, asking the court to prevent the department from taking steps to unmask the user behind…


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EU wants to create backdoors to encrypted social media apps

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The proposals would force companies like WhatsApp to hand over user data The European Commission is planning to introduce new measures that will provide a backdoor to application encryption, making it easier for security agencies to access data on services like WhatsApp. EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová made the proposals…


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SECURITY & FRAUD AT&T Breaks Seizure-Causing Tweet Case

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AT&T can be credited with cracking the identity of a Twitter user who sent an image that caused seizures to a Newsweek journalist. According to a report in the Verge, the break in the case, which resulted in the arrest of John Rivello of Salisbury, Maryland, came three months and…


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Russian hacking group New World Hackers claims it was behind ABC News Twitter breach

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A Russian hacking collective known as New World Hackers has claimed responsibility for breaching the Twitter accounts of US news websites ABC News and Good Morning America. Tweets filled with profanity and false news reports were posted to the ABC News account at around 10.30 GMT this morning, while tweets…


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Booker T shares a story about being hacked

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What’s the story?The biggest story sweeping the professional wrestling industry at the moment is WWE Superstar Paige’s recent victimisation from a cyber attack that leaked several personal photos and videos of her.On a recent edition of his show “Heated Conversations”, WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T opened up about a…


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Twitter Application Hack Results in Nazi Spam

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An outside sourced hack into a Twitter program on March 14 led to the creation of Nazi spam affecting the most prominent accounts. Accordingly the next day, Twitter Counter confirmed the hack into its service followed with declaring it had adopted ways for countering the kind of abuse. The hacked…


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Expert suggests ways to check your Twitter account’s security after hack

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The Atlanta Police Department, UNICEF, Duke University and many other large organizations posted tweets Wednesday apologizing after they believed their Twitter accounts were hacked. APD Public Affairs wrote in a statement to 11Alive, “We were the victim of a hack like countless other agencies and people across the world. We…


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Hackers hijack Twitter accounts over Turkish diplomatic feud

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Twitter says it has revoked access to block “a third-party app” apparently used to hack a number of accounts to broadcast pro-Turkish messages. It’s not clear how many accounts were taken over late Tuesday but the targets appear to have been entirely random. Twitter Counter, an Amsterdam-based third party Twitter…


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Coast Guard’s Twitter account hacked

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There was some online trouble for our local U.S. Coast Guard District on Monday morning. The Portsmouth-based district had to apologize after its Twitter account was hacked and a provocative Tweet was posted. Someone changed the profile picture, name, and biography for the Mid-Atlantic division’s social media account. The hacker…


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Hackers gain access to McLaren Automotive Twitter account

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McLaren Automotive’s Twitter profile was hacked over the weekend, with the infiltrators posting a series of nonsensical tweets on the supercar maker’s account. It appears that the group behind the attack is Cyber Wolf Gang, which was responsible for hacking into gaming company Square Enix Europe’s Twitter account last month….


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Twitter users beware: Phishers target account verification in latest attacks

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Twitter is now the target of a phishing attack that uses methods to trick brand managers and social influencers into fake account verification. Security firm Proofpoint discovered the phishing attack, which places ads on websites and lures brand managers to false verification pages. The ads come from an account that…


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Like President Trump, You Might Want to Fix This Twitter Security Setting Too

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Although Donald Trump won’t change the way he tweets, he may want to consider changing his Twitter security settings before it’s too late. And hey, this could be something you’d want to do too. The hacker who apparently hijacked 500 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts relayed a message on Tuesday to Trump,…


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NY Times removes unauthorized tweets from apparently hacked feed

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Hackers apparently accessed one of The New York Times’ Twitter feeds Sunday, sending out a false claim that Russia was on the verge of attacking the U.S. with missiles. The tweet, posted to the @nytvideo Twitter feed around 9:40 a.m., read: “BREAKING: leaked statement from Vladimir Putin says: Russia will…


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Cybersecurity Experts Uncover Dormant Botnet of 350,000 Twitter Accounts

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The rise of the Twitter bot has plagued the online world in recent years. These are Twitter accounts that are automated and require little or no human intervention. Many are entirely legitimate, publishing headlines and links to news stories. But others are malicious. These Twitter bots produce spam, provide fake…


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HOW VULNERABLE IS DONALD TRUMP’S TWITTER ACCOUNT TO HACKING?

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Donald Trump’s Twitter account is a “security disaster waiting to happen,” according to security experts, who say it should be protected with the same technology used by the military to shield nuclear launch codes. The president-elect’s often erratic tweets have already proven they can swing stock markets, sway public opinion…


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How could social media legalese be made more friendly?

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The news that a lawyer has put together child-friendly terms and conditions for Instagram (on page 10 of this report) is welcome, even if they’re not official. According to Ofcom, half of the 12-15 year olds in the UK at least are unaware that their social network’s overlords can use…


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Trump wants to use couriers for important messages because “no computer is safe”

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Apart from his apparent love of Twitter, President-elect Donald Trump isn’t a huge fan of technology. Speaking last week about the Russian hacking incidents, the Republican blamed computers for complicating people’s lives. Now, he’s suggested a method of keeping sensitive government information safe: stop using computers and send messages via…


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