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05
May
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Bin Laden Liveblog Hacked Before Sting Operation

With a range between 3,000 to 5,000 tweets per second , it is no wonder that so many people found out about the capture (and subsequent demise) of Osama Bin Laden via Twitter earlier in the week. While the majority of people world-wide learned about ... the covert operation only after it was complete, a few thousand people were in fact following the sting in real time via a live Twitter feed hosted in Abbottabad. Man Blogs About Raid Without Knowing About It Sohaib Athar, the man behind the blog, now believes that one of his Twitter followers might have actually been a hacker looking to prey on ... (view more)

Tue
03
May
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Bin Laden Death Results in Twitter Tweet Record

The recently announced death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was big news around the world. Across the United States, people poured into the streets to celebrate. One of the more memorable moments came in a game between the New York Mets and ... Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night, where fans greeted the news with an impromptu chant of "U-S-A!", "U-S-A!" But the most fervent activity might have been in the digital world, where Twitter members set a new record by Tweeting an average of over 3,000 times per second. (Source: tsn.ca ) Sustained Rate of Tweets a Record "[Sunday] night saw the ... (view more)

Tue
15
Feb
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Twitter Boss Claims to Save Live TV

The chief executive officer of Twitter says the site is helping maintain interest in live TV broadcasts, even in the era of the personal video recorder. Dick Costolo also claimed Twitter itself was making money -- though was unclear about the ... company's future financial strategies. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Costolo said that Twitter use had helped encourage people to once again watch TV shows at the time of their original airing, rather than catch up with them later. That's because watching "live" allows users to discuss the show with one another in real time, ... (view more)

Thu
04
Nov
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Unethical URL Hijacking Nets Big Revenue for Scamsters

At one time or another, almost all of us have misspelled an URL (web address) in our web browser -- bringing us to a website that we did not intend to visit. Many of the misspelled web addresses are in fact set up for unintended visitors -- all with ... one goal in mind: to elicit as much cash from the visitor as possible, whether it's direct or indirect revenue. Often these pages peddle questionable links to visitors, where each link presented pays the web site owner every time it's clicked. Typosquatting: Also Known as URL Hijacking This age-old deceptive practice known as 'typosquatting.' ... (view more)

Mon
12
Jul
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Twitter 'Honeypots' Lure 30,867 Spammers

With thousands of people flocking to social networking sites each day, a campaign to reduce the ever-increasing spam attacks on Twitter should come as little surprise. What is unusual, however, is where funding for the research needed to crack down ... on Twitter spammers is coming from: Google. Google is offering a grant to researchers at Texas A ... (view more)

Wed
19
May
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Security Researchers Uncover Do-It-Yourself Twitter Botnet

More and more research is proving that those who know how to create viruses and malware are keen on reaching out to others, most likely to cash in on their deceptive knowledge. Such can be proven with TwitterNet Builder: a new tool designed to ... simplify botnet-based attacks over Twitter. Botnets: A Virtual Army of Zombie Computers For those unaware, a botnet is a technical term used to describe a network of computers under the control of a malicious software program. Once a computer has become compromised, the botnet program runs silently and autonomously until issued a command from a master ... (view more)

Thu
25
Mar
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Obama Twitter Account Hacked by Frenchman

A French hacker has been arrested in connection to the hacking of a Twitter account owned by U.S. President Barack Obama. The suspect, known by the nickname "Hacker Croll," has since been arrested in his home country. "Hacker Croll" is actually a 25 ... year old male and is already infamous for his targeting of high-profile social networking accounts. He was allegedly responsible for a similar attack on Britney Spears a year ago after gaining access to Twitter's internal administrative network by acquiring the password of an employee. In order to get his dirty little hands on the latter ... (view more)

Mon
22
Mar
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Twitter to Check All Links for Malware

Those who tweet on Twitter can rest a little easier now that their social network medium is taking effective measures to keep phishing attacks (and cyber criminals in general) away from the site. The new service will scan all links to keep online ... goons from spreading their malware across the popular micro blogging destination. Once the service is launched, all links submitted to Twitter will be routed through the system so that malicious links can be detected. This will prevent users from clicking onto corrupt links under false pretenses. In a recent blog post, Del Harvey, director of the ... (view more)

Wed
27
Jan
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Adobe Flaw Leaves Millions of Twitter Users at Risk

Security researchers are warning the Twittering world that their credentials may be vulnerable to hackers. The most disturbing news, however, is that the problem, which exploits Adobe System's Flash programming language, was first discovered almost ... four years ago. Mike Bailey, a senior security analyst with Foreground Security in Orlando, Florida has informed Twitter of the flaw. However, all warnings seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Most website operators have downplayed the severity of the situation, even though it could compromise many users. No Restorative Actions to Date Frustrating ... (view more)

Mon
26
Oct
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Google, Bing to Launch Twitter, Facebook Search

The battle between Bing and Google has heated up with both sides agreeing to deals with micro-blogging site Twitter. In addition, Microsoft has reached a separate agreement with Facebook, while Google is launching its own, unique search tool for ... social networking sites. User demand is behind decisions by Microsoft and Google to include social networking in search results . While both search sites update their index of web pages regularly, they still struggle to cope with very recent information such as current events. While both Google and Bing have dedicated searches of news websites, that ... (view more)

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