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Hackers Are Using An Effective Way to Spread Fake News From Verified Accounts

Hackers Are Using An Effective Way to Spread Fake News From Verified Accounts

June 10, 2017Mohit Kumar
Social media networks are no doubt a quick and powerful way to share information and ideas, but not everything shared on Facebook or Twitter is true. Misinformation, or "Fake News," has emerged as a primary issue for social media platforms, seeking to influence millions of people with wrong propaganda and falsehoods. In past years, we have seen how political parties and other groups have used spoofed social media profiles of influencers or leaders to spread misinformation, and most of the time such techniques work to successfully convince people into believing that the information is true. Although social media services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, offers account verification (verified accounts with blue tick) for public figures, we have seen hackers hijacking verified accounts to spread fake news from legitimate account to their millions of followers. Now, researchers have uncovered a new, cunning attack technique currently being used by hackers to take ove
Hundreds of High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked through 3rd-Party App

Hundreds of High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked through 3rd-Party App

March 15, 2017Wang Wei
In a large-scale Twitter hack, thousands of Twitter accounts from media outlets to celebrities, including the European Parliament, Forbes, BlockChain, Amnesty International, UNICEF, Nike Spain and numerous other individuals and organizations, were compromised early Wednesday. The compromised Twitter accounts is pushing a disturbing spam message written in Turkish comparing the Dutch to the Nazis, with Swastikas and a " #NaziHollanda " or " #Nazialmanya " (Nazi Germany) hashtag, and changed some of the victims' profile pictures to an image of the Turkish flag and Ottoman Empire coat of arms. In addition to the message, the hackers are also posting a link to a YouTube video and the Twitter account Sebo . According to the latest reports, this weird Twitter activity on numerous high-profile accounts is the result of a vulnerability in the third-party app called Twitter Counter. Twitter Counter is a social media analytics service that helps Twitter users to
Pokémon GO Creator's Twitter Account Hacked — Pika, Pikaaaa!

Pokémon GO Creator's Twitter Account Hacked — Pika, Pikaaaa!

August 01, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Twitter account of another high-profile CEO has been hacked! This time, it's Niantic CEO John Hanke , the developer behind the world's most popular game Pokémon GO . And it seems like Hanke is so busy with its newly launched game Pokémon GO that he hasn't noticed or took any measures against it even after over 12 hours of the hack, as the tweets made by hackers are still displaying on his Twitter timeline (at the time of writing). OurMine claimed responsibility for the hack, which was spotted after the hacking group managed to post a series of messages on Hanke's Twitter timeline. OurMine is the same group of Saudi Arabian hackers that previously compromised social media accounts of other CEOs including: Google's CEO Sundar Pichai Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Twitter's ex-CEO Dick Costolo Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe It appears that OurMine managed to post on Hanke's Twi
Anonymous Hacking Group Takes Down 20,000 ISIS Twitter accounts

Anonymous Hacking Group Takes Down 20,000 ISIS Twitter accounts

November 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
In the wake of horrific terror attacks in Paris, the online Hacktivist group Anonymous last week declared " total war " against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) that claimed responsibility for the attacks. While French, Russian, and US military are bombing ISIS from the sky, Anonymous members from all over the world are carrying out their very own cyber attack campaign, dubbed #OpParis , against the terrorist organization. Anonymous has claimed to have taken down 20,000 ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts in order to take revenge from ISIS for the deadly Paris attacks on November 13. Anonymous Took Down 20,000 ISIS-affiliated Twitter Accounts In a YouTube video posted on Wednesday, the group said: "More than 20,000 Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS were taken down by Anonymous." The group has provided a list of all the Twitter accounts that have been taken down. On Tuesday, the hacktivist group claimed to have successfully taken
Hey ISIS! Check Out How 'Idiot' Anonymous Hackers Can Disrupt your Online Propaganda

Hey ISIS! Check Out How 'Idiot' Anonymous Hackers Can Disrupt your Online Propaganda

November 18, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The online Hacktivist group Anonymous declared War against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) that claimed responsibility for the horrific terrorist attacks that rocked Paris last week. In response to the Anonymous’ warning of launching their "biggest operation ever" against the terrorist group, ISIS militants called Anonymous – "IDIOTS" . It seems like Anonymous has taken ISIS response very seriously and the group has started carrying out their attacks against the terror organisation. Anonymous First 'Cyber Attack' on ISIS Soon after its war declaration, Anonymous claimed to have taken down more than 5,500 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts in #OpParis (Operation Paris). In the past, hackers and organizations associated with Anonymous brought down websites allegedly connected with ISIS and claimed to have taken down thousands of ISIS accounts, disrupting their social media recruitment efforts. Also Read: Would Encryption Backdoor S
Justin Bieber Twitter account hacked, Spammed malicious links to 50 Million Followers

Justin Bieber Twitter account hacked, Spammed malicious links to 50 Million Followers

March 10, 2014Wang Wei
Pop Singer Justin Bieber's Twitter account hacked for around 15 minutes before it was corrected! The Twitter account with 50.2 Million Followers was compromised i.e. Twitter account with the second most Twitter followers. Spammers tweeted in Indonesian language from his hacked account with the links to a malicious twitter app named " ShootingStarPro ", and messages reading “ Justin Bieber Cemberut? ”, means - " Justin Bieber sullen? " It seems that the Justin's twitter account was hijacked by Indonesian hacker with a malicious twitter app, that further tweeted links to the a malicious website rumahfollowers[dot]tk   that hosted " ShootingStarPro " app, aimed to target his millions of followers in one shot. Justin's team quickly responded to the issue, deleted the bogus tweets and told fans " All good now. We handled it. ". He also warned his followers, " That link from earlier. Don’t click it. Virus. Going to e
US news agency GlobalPost's twitter and website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

US news agency GlobalPost's twitter and website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

September 30, 2013Mohit Kumar
In a series of high profile hacks, ' Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) ' just a few minutes before took control twitter account and website of ' GlobalPost ', a US based news agency. 'Syrian Electronic Army is an organized hacking group loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and known for their high profile cyber attacks. The hacker posted two tweets from the victim's account, saying " Think twice before you publish untrusted information about Syrian Electronic Army " and " This time we hacked your website and your Twitter account, the next time you will start searching for new job :) " (as shown in the screenshot). GlobalPost's Deputy Social Media and News Desk Editor 'Kyle Kim' also tweeted that " We've been hacked ". At this point it is unclear that How group managed to access the website and twitter account. We are connecting to the hackers for further information, stay tuned to the page f
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