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Smashing Security 013: Assault with a deadly tweet PODCAST

Smashing Security #013: Assault with a deadly tweet

Graham is embarrassed by a Twitter security snafu. How an animated GIF could prove deadly. Social engineering threats against your workforce. And will you be able to do any work on your laptop next time you catch an airplane?

Take a listen to the latest Smashing Security podcast, with Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and special guest Alex Eckelberry.

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Smashing Security #005: 'Upskirt insecurity' PODCAST

Smashing Security podcast #005: 'Upskirt insecurity'

Join me and fellow computer security industry veterans Vanja Svajcer and Carole Theriault as we have another casual chat about whatever is on our minds.

This week: An alleged hacker finds the downside to car rental, a New York Times Twitter account announces Vladimir Putin is planning to launch a missile attack against the United States, and an "upskirt" website leaks its user data.

Oh, and Vanja forces Graham to share an embarrassing privacy-breaching lavatory anecdote.

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Lock down your Twitter: take care that rogue third-party apps don't hijack your account

Have you linked third-party apps to your Twitter account? Maybe it's time you did an audit of whether you still want them to have access to your Twitter followers and messages.

The recent Twitter Counter hack proves that even legitimate third-party services can run rogue, causing Twitter accounts to start sending spam.

Yasin Soliman reports.

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A simple way to kill off Twitter trolls

@th3j35t3r writes on his blog:

Simply put. If Jim is blocked by John, Jim can no longer even utter Johns handle/twittername in a tweet. If he attempts to the tweet simply doesn’t process or gets sinkholed. Period. The end. Forever, or until John unblocks him. This approach would not infringe on Jim’s ‘freedom of speech’, he can still say whatever he likes, but he can’t include John. This approach would be self-policing essentially allowing users to decide if they are being abused or harassed and allowing them to take immediate actions without relying on Twitter to minimize the problem effectively. This approach would not be an overhead on Twitters current infrastructure and would require NOTHING by way of extra storage capacity.

Trolls are the ugly side of Twitter, but @th3j35t3r's proposal seems very elegant to me.

So how about it Twitter?

Find out more, and check out his amusing flowchart, by reading @th3j35t3r's blog post.