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Smashing Security #144: Google helps the FBI, Twitter Jack’s hijack, and car data woes

Should Google really be helping the FBI with a bank robbery? What’s the story behind the Twitter CEO claiming there’s a bomb in their offices? And how much does your car really know about you?

And we mourn the loss of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks…


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Twitter disables tweeting via SMS (temporarily at least), in wake of Jack Dorsey account hijack

In the wake of the CEO of Twitter having his account hijacked the site has disabled the option to tweet via SMS.


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About the Twitter CEO ‘@jack hack’

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had his account hijacked, after his mobile phone provider allowed someone else to seize his number.


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Smashing Security #138: Logic bombs, brain data exploitation, and Digga D tweets

Logic bombs in Excel spreadsheets, how should we protect our brain data from big companies, and how did bizarre messages about Drill rap end up on the Metropolitan Police’s Twitter account and website?

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 BJ Mendelson.


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No, the Met Police wasn’t hacked. But its Twitter account and website were hijacked

Late on Friday night, some rather out-of-character tweets seemed to be coming out of New Scotland Yard.

The Twitter account of London’s Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) broadcast to its more than one million followers a series of bizarre and sometimes offensive messages.


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Smashing Security #135: Zombie grannies and unintended leaks

We take a bloodied baseball bat to Android malware, and debate the merits of a social media strike, as one of the team bites the bullet and buys a smart lock for the office.

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 Oli Skertchly.


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Bella Thorne releases her own topless photos after hacker threats

Actress refuses to play into hacker’s hands, and publishes topless images of herself.


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Smashing Security #132: CBP cyber attack, an iPhone privacy boost, and Twitter list abuse

United States Customs and Border Protection had sensitive data stolen, but the hackers didn’t have to breach its network. Apple has ambitious plans to make iPhone users safer online. And trolls are using Twitter lists to target their victims.

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.


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Smashing Security #130: Doctored videos, Bcc blunders, and a diva

You won’t believe who had to report themselves to the data protection agency for a breach, or who has been sharing doctored videos of political rivals, or how much money you can make selling a laptop infected with malware… and how Carole gets her diva on.

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.


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Zara Larsson wants your password so she can watch Game of Thrones

When a celebrity asks if you can share your password…


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A PSA for twits on Twitter

Twitter users have been warned not to fall for a prank that claimed their user interface would change colour if they told the service they were born in 2007, after a wave of users locked themselves out of their accounts for being underage.


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Smashing Security #117: SWATs on a plane

Why is Tampa’s mayor tweeting about blowing up the airport? Are hackers trying to connect with you via LinkedIn? And has Maria succeeded in her attempt to survive February without Facebook?

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

Plus, after last week’s discussion about the legal battle between Mondelez and Zurich Insurance, we have a chat with security veteran Martin Overton to take a deeper look into cyberinsurance.


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Twitter follow bots cut off from API, as accounts disabled for spreading misinformation from Iran and elsewhere

ManageFlitter, Statusbrew, and Crowdfire have had their access to the Twitter API revoked for allegedly helping users abuse the service, aggressively and repeatedly following and unfollowing large numbers of other accounts – a tactic frequently employed by Twitter spammers.

Meanwhile, Twitter and Facebook share details of the accounts they have shut down after finding they were spreading misinformation in the run-up to the US midterm elections.


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Twitter exposed some Android users’ protected tweets, and didn’t notice for over four years

Twitter has owned up to a privacy goof that exposed some Android users’ private tweets.


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Smashing Security #110: What? You can get paid to leave Facebook?

Twitter and the not-so-ethical hacking of celebrity accounts, study discovers how you can pay someone to quit Facebook for a year, and the millions of dollars you can make from uncovering software vulnerabilities.

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.


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Target and other high profile Twitter accounts exploited for cryptocurrency scams

The latest high profile account to be abused by scammers to promote a cryptocurrency giveaway? US retail giant Target.


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