10 Oct 2019

Twitter Uses Phone Numbers, Emails to Sell Ads

Twitter has admitted that it “inadvertently” used an unknown number of email addresses and phone numbers that had been provided by users solely for the purpose of enabling multi-factor authentication, for targeted advertising. The social media firm assured that “no personal data was ever shared externally with our partners or

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02 Sep 2019

Why Twitter Blames AT&T For The Hack Of Its CEO Jack Dorsey Account, Sending Shocking Racist Tweets

Last Friday, threat actors compromised the Twitter account of the social media platform’s very own CEO Jack Dorsey and used it to send out a string of vulgar and racist tweets, including a bomb threat regarding Twitter’s headquarters. After 18 minutes Twitter managed to recover the account and assured users

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20 Aug 2019

Twitter bans 936 accounts managed by the Chinese state, aimed at Hong Kong protests

After Twitter was called out for running Chinese state-sponsored ads that attacked protesters in Hong Kong, the social media platform on Monday banned 936 accounts for “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong.” The company said that the accounts had been part of a “coordinated state-backed

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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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