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Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai hit by hackers

The hacking group which broke into social media accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have claimed another high profile scalp: the CEO of Google. Source: Twitter As Softpedia reports, the OurMine hacking gang broke into the Quora account of Google CEO Sundar Pichai this weekend. The Quora question-and-answer site probably isn't the most high profile account owned by Pichai, but unfortunately for him he h...

Zuckerberg ‘hacked’. LinkedIn data breach allegedly allows hackers to compromise his Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts

OurMine hacking group claimed they got access to Zuckerberg's Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest by using data from the previous LinkedIn breach, when 167 million hacked accounts had been put up for sale. Hackers appear to have briefly compromised Zuck's Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, in some cases defacing them for the sake of bragging rights. It's not certain that they have his person...

Ten ways Twitter improved online security

A decade ago the world was Twitter-less – no Tweeted birthday greetings, Oscar selfies, real-time presidential announcements or calls for prayers. But neither did we have vile trolls and defacement Tweets on hacked accounts of public figures. Twitter changed the way 332 million active users communicate online. But it also fueled serious privacy debates, as every Tweet further dilutes the concept of online p...

Twitter, Facebook may ban fake profiles to protect women

Twitter and Facebook could ban fake profiles to help prevent online abuse against women and girls, according to news reports. The UK Crown Prosecution Service said people who use fake social media accounts to harass and abuse others should be prosecuted. And, for the first time, the new laws would apply, to some extent, to children as well as adults. The initiative arose as social media has been increasingl...

Twitter Unveils New Dashboard to Manage Privacy Easier

Twitter has introduced data dashboard, a tool to help monitor and manage user accounts. The dashboard shows account activation details, the devices that have accessed user accounts and recent login history. Users who see login activity from an app they don’t recognize can now go to the apps tab in the settings section to revoke its access to their Twitter account. If users notice logins from suspicious loca...

Twitter Aims for User Safety Via Mass Blocking

Twitter has introduced a feature that makes blocking multiple accounts easier as it works on additional user controls to boost security, according to the company. All Twitter users will be able to use the security settings in coming weeks. Twitter has already released mute, block and report features to improve user experience, but increasing volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter required more sophisti...

Vile troll uses Twitter ads to urge transgender people to commit suicide

We all know there's some fairly horrible stuff that goes on on social networks. Sadly many have used the detachment of sites like Facebook and Twitter to say hateful things that they would never be brave enough to say to another living person's face. But a Twitter troll went one step further yesterday, not only describing transgender people as "deformed freaks" who should kill themselves, but using the paid...

Hackers hijack school Twitter account, post photoshopped image of teacher in his underpants

We all know that kids can get up to japes and mischief at school. I myself remember rallying together a crack squad of classmates to kidnap our school's Christmas tree in 1987, for instance. Chances are many of us have similar tales to tell of tomfoolery. But now a British school has found itself the victim of an online prank, with its Twitter account hacked and revealing images purportedly of its head teac...

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...

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