Hacking of school district’s Twitter account is cautionary tale

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St. Lucie County School District Superintendent Wayne Gent discusses a cyber attack Friday, June 30, 2017, targeted at the school district’s Twitter account at the St. Lucie County Schools building in Fort Pierce. JEREMIAH WILSON/TCPALM Do you have a Twitter or other social media account? If so, imagine this scenario:…


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Turkey’s Twitter Crackdown Ratchets Up, As State Says, ‘Click Now To Report A User To The Police!’

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On July 4, Eren Aksoyoğlu, a member of the Turkish Joint June Movement opposition bloc, was taken into custody for a tweet criticising the government’s handling of a racially-motivated brawl in Ankara. Less than two weeks later, Turkish police issued a warrant for film director Mustafa Altıoklar for tweeting dismissively…


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“Siren” botnet silenced after spamming Twitter users with porn links

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A social media botnet that spammed Twitter accounts with links to pornographic content sent out more than 8.5 million posts from 90,000 unique accounts before it was neutralized, according to a new report. The botnet, dubbed Siren (as in the seductive mythical creatures who lured sailors to their doom), generated…


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Customs agents aren’t allowed to check social accounts of U.S. citizens

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United States citizens should know that their social media accounts are off limits to Customs and Border Protection agents The rules surrounding checks of phones and social data has been murky at best, and still would be if it weren’t for a letter authored by CBP acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan…


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Saudi hackers attack Iran’s Al-Alam Twitter account

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Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam news network says hackers affiliated to the Saudi Arabian regime have broken into its official Twitter account. Al-Alam said on Monday that the act of online sabotage had been “a hasty reaction” after the Iranian network provided extensive coverage of the liberation of the Iraqi city of…


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‘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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