18 Nov 2022

Breaking the Building Blocks of Hate: A Case Study of Minecraft Servers

In yet another example of a successful public/private policy research collaboration and in a continuation of the topic discussed by Brian Jenkins at the OODA Network November Monthly Meeting – domestic political extremism – we turn to a report released in July of this year:  Breaking the Building Blocks of Hate: A Case Study of Minecraft Servers, which found that “one-in-four moderation actions across three private servers of the popular video game Minecraft are in response to online hate and harassment.”

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19 Oct 2022

Jack Dorsey-Founded Bluesky Unveils Roadmap for Decentralized Social Networks

In late 2019, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced that his company had formed a small, independent group of developers and tasked it with a single objective: to create a decentralized social media protocol that could serve as the bedrock of a new standard for online connectivity, free from corporate and

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22 Sep 2022

Twitter Password Reset Bug Exposed User Accounts

Twitter has fixed an issue that allowed accounts to stay logged in on multiple devices even after resetting their passwords. This means that if an unauthorized party was able to gain access to a user’s Twitter account, they would remain logged in even after the user reset their password and

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08 Aug 2022

Zero-Day Bug Responsible for Massive Twitter Breach

According to Twitter, a zero-day vulnerability that lies within its code base was behind a major data breach that affected millions of users. The social media firm has announced that the zero-day vulnerability was identified in January 2022 through the company’s bug bounty program. After the data breach, which affected

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28 Jul 2022

Social Media Accounts Hijacked to Post Indecent Images

Police in the UK have warned about a surge in social media hacking incidents in which the attackers flood the victims’ accounts with indecent images of children. The shocking campaign does not appear to have any financial motivation behind it, as the victims did not receive a ransom demand. In

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29 Jun 2022

Chinese Influence Op Tries to Undermine Western Rare Earth Firms

Security firm Mandiant claims to have discovered a new Chinese influence operation that is allegedly targeting Western rare earth producers. The campaign, named Dragonbridge, has been operating since 2019 and leverages thousands of inauthentic accounts spread across numerous social media platforms to achieve its goals of promoting Chinese interests abroad.

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17 May 2022

Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘cannot move forward’ without more information.

Elon Musk raised further doubts about the future of his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Tuesday, saying “this deal cannot move forward” until he gets more details about the volume of spam and fake accounts on the platform. Mr. Musk, who is carrying out a public tweet-by-tweet negotiation for the

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02 May 2022

Musk’s Twitter goal of authenticating all users is good for ending bots but bad for humans

According to security professionals, Elon Musks’s plans for Twitter may have consequences for human users. Should the major deal close, Musk will face criticism regarding the direction of Twitter. Some have stated that Twitter’s top users don’t use the site in the same way as ordinary people. Instead of tackling

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26 Apr 2022

Promising Research and Analysis Topics and Projects Emerge from the April 2022 OODA Network Member Meeting

To help members optimize opportunities and reduce risk, OODA hosts a monthly video call to discuss items of common interest to our membership. These highly collaborative sessions are always a great way for our members to meet and interact with each other while talking about topics like global risks, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and current or future events impacting their organizations. We also use these sessions to help better focus our research and better understand member needs. This month’s call was marked by more than the usual number of follow-up commitments on what were clearly promising ideas and projects with great potential for OODA Loop research and analysis (and are also a bit more time-sensitive than usual due to the crisis conditions in Ukraine).

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04 Apr 2022

Elon Musk Takes 9.2% Stake in Twitter After Hinting at Shake-Up

Elon Musk took a 9.2% stake in Twitter Inc. to become the platform’s biggest shareholder, a week after hinting he might shake up the social media industry. Twitter shares surged as much as 26% after Musk’s purchase was revealed Monday in a regulatory filing, the stock’s biggest intraday increase in more

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