Social networks

Hackers hijack Twitter account of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offer to sell stolen data

A hacked Russian government Twitter account offers to sell a tourist database for 66 bitcoins (approximately US $499,000).

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DDoSecrets thrown off Twitter after distributing 269GB BlueLeaks data dump

The activist group Distributed Denial of Secrets, perhaps better known by their shorter but clumsy moniker DDoSecrets, has been permanently banned from Twitter.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

OPSEC fail! “Super-hacker” accidentally outs himself through careless clues left on social media

Hacker VandaTheGod didn’t realise he was leaving clues scattered across Facebook and Twitter that helped security researchers uncover his true identity.

The Civil Service’s rogue tweet about “Truth Twisters”

You can have a strong, unique password, you can have multi-factor authentication in place, but good luck preventing a member of your social media team ‘going rogue’.

Smashing Security podcast #175: Zoom deepfakes, Zardoz, and ‘Rona tracing

Will deepfake disguises hit a video conference near you, can Coronavirus-tracing apps be trusted, and should Facebook shut down anti-quarantine events?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Smashing Security podcast #172: UncleF***Face

Carole details how companies are spying on their stay-at-home workers, Mikko Hyppönen discusses the trustworthiness of video chat apps, and Graham gets embarrassed when he admits he’s bought a Facebook Portal for his in-laws.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

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Free Netflix pass because of Coronavirus? It’s a scam

The public is being warned about fraudulent messages being shared on social media platforms that Netflix is offering free passes to its platform because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

A typical day in the life of my Twitter inbox…

Don’t forget, if you’re a scammer you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter at @gcluley with your business or marriage proposal.

Smashing Security podcast #166: What the Dickens! Ad ban thank you scam

How to stop dick pics on Twitter, and a new way bad guys are extorting money from websites earning cash from Google ads.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

Teenage girls tempt Israeli soldiers to install spyware for Hamas

It’s not the first time Israeli soldiers have been targeted with Hamas honeytraps to infect their smartphones with spyware.

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Twitter accounts of The Olympics and FC Barcelona hijacked by OurMine hacking group

The International Olympic Committee and FC Barcelona are the latest victims of a spree of Twitter account hijacks orchestrated by the notorious OurMine gang.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Facebook’s Twitter account is hijacked by notorious OurMine hacking group

Facebook’s official Twitter account started posting message from the OurMine hacking gang just before midnight UK time on Friday.

WhatsApp flaw gave hackers access to files from Windows and Macs

If you run WhatsApp’s desktop client on your Mac or PC then you would be wise to make sure it’s up-to-date, following the revelation that a security researcher uncovered a critical security flaw.

Twitter security hole allowed state-sponsored hackers to match phone numbers to usernames

Twitter admits to a bug that might have put privacy-conscious users at risk – by revealing what phone numbers are associated with which Twitter accounts.

Did Everton sign Everton? Twitter hack blamed for soccer sign-up screwup

If Everton Football Club’s Twitter account was really hacked to say it was signing Everton Soares then it needs to look at hardening its defence.

If the hack occurred at all, of course.

16 NFL teams have their social media accounts hijacked by OurMine hacking gang

Yesterday the social media accounts of at least 16 NFL teams were hijacked by a hacking gang with a history of mischievous attacks.