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Twitter: Hackers hit 250,000 accounts

In News on February 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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02/02/2013

Twitter hacked on the heels of several high-profile cyberattacks on U.S. media giants.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter confirmed Friday that it had become the latest victim in a number of high-profile cyber-attacks against media companies, saying that hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.

The social media giant said in a blog posting that earlier this week it detected attempts to gain access to its user data. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.

But it discovered that the attackers may have stolen user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users. Twitter reset the pilfered passwords and sent emails advising affected users.

Bob Lord, Twitter’s director of information security, said in the blog that the attack “was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident.”

“The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked,” Lord said. “For that reason, we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.”

Twitter’s security was compromised in November,when the company publicly acknowledged that hackers had accessed passwords of users though it did not detail how many accounts were affected. It said it had detected the hack and fixed the security vulnerability.

One expert said that this week’s Twitter hack probably happened after an employee’s home or work computer was compromised through vulnerabilities in Java, a commonly used computing language whose weaknesses have been well publicized.

Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy and security researcher, said such a move would give attackers “a toehold” in Twitter’s internal network, potentially allowing them either to sniff out user information as it traveled across the company’s system or break into specific areas, such as the authentication servers that process users’ passwords.

In a telephone interview Friday, Soltani said that the relatively small number of users affected suggested either that attackers weren’t on the network long or that they were only able to compromise a subset of the company’s servers.

The Twitter attack comes on the heels of recent hacks into the computer systems of U.S. media and technology companies, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Both American newspapers reported this week that their computer systems had been infiltrated by China-based hackers, likely to monitor media coverage the Chinese government deems important.

China has been accused of mounting a widespread, aggressive cyber-spying campaign for several years, trying to steal classified information and corporate secrets and to intimidate government critics. The Chinese foreign ministry could not be reached for comment Saturday, but the Chinese government has said those accusations are baseless and that China itself is a victim of cyber-attacks.

“Chinese law forbids hacking and any other actions that damage Internet security,” the Chinese Defense Ministry recently said. “The Chinese military has never supported any hacking activities.”

Twitter is generally used to broadcast messages to the public, so the hacking might not immediately have yielded any important secrets. But the stolen credentials could be used to eavesdrop on private messages or track which Internet address a user is posting from.

That might be useful, for example, for an authoritarian regime trying to keep tabs on a journalist’s movements.

“More realistically, someone could use that as an entry point into another service,” Soltani said, noting that since few people bother using different passwords for different services, a password stolen from Twitter might be just as handy for reading a journalist’s emails.

Via USAtoday

“I Want to Celebrate Social Media Including Anonymous” #OpRollRedRoll #OccupySteubenville

In Anonymous, News, Occupy Steubenville, OpRollRedRoll, Science & Technology, USA, Viral Videos, World Revolution on January 7, 2013 at 5:40 AM

01/03/2013

 

#OpRollRedRoll: Anonymous Seeks Justice for Victim of Big Red High Football Team “Rape Crew”

Connecticut Police Threaten to Prosecute Social Media Disagreeing with Sandy Hook Official Narrative

In Big Brother, News, Newtown: Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting, NWO, Police State, Science & Technology on December 19, 2012 at 3:21 AM

12/16/2012

 

If you disagree with the “official” story, you are now a criminal.

And yet, the mainstream media can broadcast any LIES it wants.

We are inching ever closer to North Korea-style tyranny.

Related Link: Facebook Suspends Account for Questioning Sandy Hook Shooting Official Narrative

#OpIsrael: Israeli Vice PM’s Social Media Accounts Hacked, Personal Info Leaked

In News, NWO, World Revolution, Israhell, Other Leaks, Palestine, Anonymous, Zionism, OpIsrael on November 22, 2012 at 6:36 AM

11/21/2012

The Facebook, TwitterYouTube, blog and LinkedIn accounts of Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom have been hacked and filled with pro-Palestine messages.

ZCompany Hacking Crew claimed responsibility for this latest act of cyber war against Israel as #OpIsrael continues.

ZHC also hacked Shalom’s email and extracted personal mail, contacts and documents, which they have now leaked and can be viewed here.

Syria Unblocks Social Media Sites

In News, Syria, World Revolution on February 11, 2011 at 9:36 AM

WLCentral.org:

Syria has reportedly unblocked Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Syria’s state-owned fixed line operator ISP, the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE), requested its licensed distributors to permit access. Syrian censorship of the Internet has been seen as among the worst in the world, and it has targeted social media sites in particular. The relaxing of access appears to be a part of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s commitment to progress and communication with the Syrian people.

Google Traffic Report Showing Spike In Traffic On YouTube From Syria

As reviewed earlier on WL Central, that commitment has been primarily verbal in a country that has a long way to go to meet standards requested by such authorities as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Syria escaped a scheduled protest on February 5 through a combination of suppression, threats and bribes to the Syrian people, and it was hoped at that point that the promised reforms would be substantial enough to reward the Syrian people’s restraint. In a country with a reported 10,000 political prisoners, where bloggers are routinely jailed, tortured, and ‘disappear’, more substantial reforms are required.

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