07 Jan 2021

Trump blocked by Twitter and Facebook

Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook temporarily banned US President Donald Trump from their platforms for roughly 12 hours beginning yesterday evening due to violations of their Civic Integrity policy. Twitter has been cracking down on the spread of fake news since earlier this year, in preparation for the 2020

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11 Dec 2020

Pentagon Seeks Software to Analyze Data from Twitter

The Defense Department is seeking open-source intelligence software that can draw on information from social media to create graphics and conduct analysis in real-time, according to a solicitation released by the agency. The agency states that the software would access at least 50 million websites and be able to disseminate

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05 Oct 2020

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube race to contain disinformation about president’s diagnosis

Just minutes after President Trump announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, misinformation began to spread across social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been actively combatting disinformation campaigns related to the President’s diagnosis, including marking posts with warnings about fraudulent information. With Election Day just weeks away,

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03 Aug 2020

Authorities Arrest Alleged 17-Year-Old ‘Mastermind’ Behind Twitter Hack

A 17-year-old teenager from Florida has been arrested in connection with a recent Twitter hack that targeted verified accounts and high profile individuals. The teen was allegedly the mastermind behind the attack, which raked in over $100,000 bitcoin in just one day. Two others have also been charged in connection

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29 Jul 2020

US provides new expanded set of espionage charges against former Twitter employees

The US government has charged three individuals who formerly worked for Twitter with more offenses, including fraudulently accessing information and acting as illegal agents of a foreign government. The former Twitter employees were originally charged with two different crimes, however, they are now under scrutiny for seven offenses rather than

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20 Jul 2020

Twitter Confirms 130 Accounts Hacked

A recent cyberattack that targeted verified users on Twitter is still being investigated by the platform. However, the social media giant has confirmed that a total of 130 accounts were compromised as part of a cryptocurrency campaign attempting to scam victims out of bitcoin. The major cybersecurity incident occurred two

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16 Jul 2020

Hackers targeted Twitter employees to hijack accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden and others in digital currency scam

Yesterday, hackers gained access to over a dozen high-profile accounts on Twitter as part of a bitcoin scam campaign. The accounts of politicians such as Joe Biden and former President Brack Obama, tech billionaires such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos, and corporate accounts like that of Apple

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10 Jul 2020

NIST Aims to Tap Twitter API Data to Boost Public Emergency Response

The National Institute for Standards and Technology is reportedly aiming to tap into social media analytics to develop a more adequate public emergency response protocol. This strategic effort to advance research aims to enable public-safety entities to have the ability to use social media for emergency response. The NIST plans

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24 Jun 2020

Twitter Alerts Business Users of Billing Information Exposure

Twitter has been reaching out to customers who may have been affected by a data security incident that affected its ads and analytics services. Twitter has disclosed that the incident involved business customers, and may have resulted in their billing information being exposed. In an email to impacted customers, Twitter

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15 Jun 2020

Twitter Removes 30,000 State-Linked Manipulation Accounts

On Friday, Twitter announced that more than 30,000 accounts pertaining to three large networks in China, Turkey, and Russia, were removed from the platform following suspicious state-linked manipulation activities. Twitter stated that the 32,242 were added to the company’s archive of state-linked information operations, then promptly removed from Twitter permanently.

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