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Psssh. Taylor Swift Gets New Passwords and Lizard Squad Gets … “NOTHING”

The Twitter and Instagram accounts of pop singer Taylor Swift fell victim to a hack that, while lasting only 15 minutes, invited her 51 million fans to follow hackers’ accounts, according to The Guardian. Photo credits: The Guardian The two Twitter handles, @lizzard and @veriuser, allegedly belong to the leader of the Lizard Squad. Both Twitter accounts were briefly suspended. Taylor confirmed the hack on h...

Turkey Threatens to Block Twitter Again

Turkey officials plan to ban Twitter unless the social media network blocks a newspaper story involving its intelligence agencies, according to the New York Times. A local court said the newspaper violated national security laws by posting documents about a military police raid on Turkish Intelligence Agency trucks traveling to Syria in January 2014. The newspaper claimed that the intelligence agency’s truc...

Did You Know Your Private Instagram Photos Risk Being Exposed?

If you think only your friends could see your private Instagram pictures, guess again. Instagram recently patched a privacy bug which allowed anyone to see pictures posted by ex-public accounts, according to news reports. More specifically, the bug allowed a photograph posted to Instagram on a public account—the default setting—to remain public on the web, even if the user later changed the account to priva...

US Military Vandalized Online by Pro-ISIS Cyber-Attackers

Photo credits: vox.com The official Twitter and Youtube accounts of the US Military Central Command (CENTCOM) were temporarily seized by CyberCaliphate, a cyber-group associating itself with ISIS, according to news reports. After gaining access to the social media accounts, the group posted links to alleged internal documents belonging to CENTCOM, along with a message that reads: Pentagon networks hacked. A...

Twitter releases open source Anomaly Detection tool

Most of the time we're pretty normal. We do the same thing every day. We get up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. At weekends we pop out to the cinema, and maybe take our partner to a restaurant. Nothing very unusual. But every now and then, fed up with the bad weather or just tired of the same-old same-old, we book an overseas holiday. And for two weeks our lives are full of fun and sunshine. We go out...

Twitter Makes Reporting Abusive Tweets Easier

Twitter will improve its reporting process to help users block inappropriate content, the company announced in a blog post. Changes include under-the-hood improvements to the tools used to review reported Tweets and accounts. “Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million Tweets every day. That can sometimes include content that violates our rules around har...

UK GCHQ Chief Accuses US Tech Companies of Aiding Terrorism

US tech companies have been accused of aiding terrorism by the newly appointed director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, according to The Telegraph. Hannigan said Facebook and Twitter, even if in "denial," are now "the command and control networks of choice" for criminals and terrorists. "I understand why they [US technology companies] have an uneasy relationship with governments," Hannigan said. "But increasingly...

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....

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