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Scammers Abuse Twitter Features, Trick Thousands with ‘Follower’ Scheme

A series of enhanced follower scams has tricked thousands of Twitter users after a group abused the platform’s authentication system, TweetDeck and Trends section, antivirus software provider Bitdefender warns. The security company reported the scams and notified the micro-blogging company of the dangerous web sites, which are massively promoted through Twitter Trends. The 'entrepreneurs', who may be from T...

Two-Factor Authentication: How to set it up

In a world of online connectivity, smarter hacking techniques and obvious privacy concerns, passwords are no longer considered the strongest link in account security. Understating customers’ need for extra protection, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other popular services added a new layer of security to their accounts by implementing two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a security feature ...

How to better secure your Twitter account

Have you ever had your Twitter account hacked? Did you find it unexpectedly spewing out claims that you had lost weight following a miracle diet, malicious links to phishing sites, or even over-run by mischievous hackers like the Syrian Electronic Army? If so, it's time to learn about how to better secure your Twitter account. Here's my quick guide: 1. Choose an impossible-to-guess, hard-to-crack password. ...

Bitly Customer Credentials Likely Exposed in Breach

URL shortener Bitly has been breached and clients’ account credentials have been compromised, the company announced in a blog post. The company has disconnected all users' Facebook and Twitter accounts from its service as a precautionary measure. Bitly also warns customers about the urgency of securing their accounts and recommends changing the API key and OAuth token, resetting the password, and reconnecti...

New App Recognizes Twitter Bots, Researchers Say

Indiana University researchers have developed a new app that identifies Twitter accounts controlled by automated software designed to flood online conversations with spam and misleading information, the researchers say. The BotOrNot app examines about 1,000 account features including the user’s network, content and posting frequency to determine the extent to which an account resembles a social bot. “We hav...

We Heart It Network Turned off Twitter Sharing after Diet Spam Attacks; Bitdefender Offers Security Advice

The image sharing social network We Heart It has turned off Twitter sharing after a large diet spam wave that referenced its services. The attack allegedly began several days ago in Australia. “We’ve temporarily disabled sign-in and sharing via Twitter while we look into an issue,” We Heart It wrote on Twitter. “Please sign-in via email in the meantime.” Users complained the email sign in wasn’t working eit...

Facebook Follower Scam Prompts Victims to Inject Themselves with Dangerous Code

More than 17,000 Facebook users were tricked by a bold scam that promised them over 100,000 followers on the social network and made them willingly inject dangerous code in their browser. Bitdefender has started to analyze the dubious profile promoting the scam after several Facecrooks fans complained about the social engineering trick. Hackers behind the scam could be of Turkish origin. It all started with...

Fears for safety of Royal couple, after tweets reveal exact details of New Zealand tour

You would like to think, by 2014, we had all learnt to be more careful about what we share on social networks. After all, in the past, many social networking users have tripped up unwisely revealing their future plans, their private photographs or their whereabouts. Sometimes it can be simply a social snafu which leaves a person red-faced through embarrassment, but with no real harm done. But other times, t...

Twitter Accidentally Resets Passwords, Delays in Telling Account Holders

Many Twitter users’ account passwords were reset due to a potential security issue caused by a “web site or service not associated to Twitter,” according to Re/code. Letters notifying users of the reset were not sent immediately, leaving many users locked out of their accounts. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” the notificatio...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Facebook.com; Domain is Now Restored

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Facebook.com Wednesday night after breaching the registrar, according to Security Week. The domain was restored in the meantime to "domain@fb.com". The hacking group wished Mark Zuckerberg a happy birthday on Facebook’s 10th year of existence, and left a message stating that Facebook is now owned by #SEA. On their Twitter account, the hackers showed how they allegedly chang...

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