19 Aug 2019

Twitter is displaying China-made ads attacking Hong Kong protesters

Twitter is under fire for allowing China’s propaganda apparatus to run ads on the platform that attack protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter ads paid for by Chinese state media describe the ongoing protests in the semi-autonomous city as “escalating violence” and promote the restoration of “order.” While Twitter is blocked

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25 Jun 2019

Tesco Hacked on Twitter Spoofs Bill Gates and Pushes BTC Scam

A threat actor on Tuesday took over the Twitter account of British retail giant Tesco. What followed was a rather poorly executed cyber scam. Initially the hacker posted a pinned Tweet on the account telling people that if they would send bitcoins to a provided bitcoin address, they would receive

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17 Jun 2019

Twitter wipes out thousands of fake accounts connected to Iran, Russia

Once again, Twitter has purged thousands of inauthentic user accounts connected to influence operations. A total of 4,779 accounts were removed, many of which were tied to the Iranian regime, while a few were linked to Russia. According to the social media platform, more than 1,600 of the fraudulent accounts

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29 May 2019

Research Shows Twitter Manipulation in Weeks Before EU Elections

Researchers with the Sherpa project have uncovered a sizable Twitter misinformation campaign that promoted “politically inflammatory content, racist content, and mistruths,” in an attempt to influence European voters in the days before the European Parliament Election, which took place last week. The campaign primarily targeted Italian and French voters with

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18 Jan 2019

Twitter Fixes Four Year Old Bug in Android App Exposing Private Tweets

Due to a bug in Twitter for Android, the app has exposed the private Tweets of an unknown number of users for over 4 years. The issue caused the app to make changes to the accounts of affected users, such as turning off the “Protect your Tweets” setting. The bug

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07 Nov 2018

Fake Elon Musk Twitter Bitcoin Scam Earned 180K in One Day

Hackers used compromised Twitter accounts and Elon Musk’s fame to scam over $180,000 in bitcoin in a single day. The scam involved changing the names of verified Twitter accounts to “Elon Musk,” and tweeting about making “the biggest crypto-giveaway in the world.” Users who sent between .1 and 3 BTC

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18 Oct 2018

Twitter Publishes 10 Million Election Meddling Tweets

“Twitter has decided to release data sets containing 10 million election meddling tweets, the company announced Wednesday in a blog post. If you parse the data you will find that these 10 million tweets came from 4,611 accounts, of which 3,841 are linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency. Another 770 accounts are potentially

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04 Oct 2018

Twitter Updates Fake Account Definitions, Bolsters Election Security Measures

Twitter recently announced that it is cracking down on fake accounts and attempts to spread misinformation ahead of the November elections. Twitter moderators will also be on the lookout for distribution of hacked material containing private information. This summer, Twitter deleted 50 accounts posing as members of the Republican party

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02 Oct 2018

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media – An OODA Loop interview with P.W. Singer

An OODA Loop interview with author P.W. Singer on his new book about information operations on social networks.

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26 Sep 2018

Twitter bug could have shared users’ private messages with developers

“Twitter said Friday it has patched a bug that could have shared users’ private messages with software developers outside of the company. The issue is estimated to have impacted less than 1 percent of Twitter’s total user base, which includes 335 million monthly active users as of July. The company

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