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    A vulnerability in Twitter’s software that exposed an undetermined number of owners of anonymous accounts to potential identity compromise last year was apparently exploited by a malicious actor, the social media company said. It did not confirm a report that data on 5.4 million users was offered for sale online as a result but said users worldwide were affected. The breach is especially worrisome because many Twitter account owners, including human rights activists, do not disclose their identities in their profiles for security reasons that include fear of persecution by repressive authorities. “This is very bad for many who use pseudonymous Twitter accounts,” U.S. Naval Academy data security expert Jeff Kosseff tweeted. The vulnerability allowed someone to determine during log-in whether a particular phone number or email address was tied to an existing Twitter account, thereby revealing account owners, the company said. Twitter said it did not know how many users may have been affected, and stressed that no passwords were exposed. “We can confirm the impact was global,” a Twitter spokesperson said via email. “We cannot determine exactly...
    ANONYMOUS claims to have published over 1.1million emails it claims to have hacked from Russian fuel and energy industries. The emails are said to have been taken from a Russian firm called ALET. 1Anonymous has published over one million emails it claims to have taken from Russian companies ALET works with Russian companies that specialize in fuel and energy. These companies handle important things like exports of coal and oil. Industries like this are crucial to the Russian economy. Popular Twitter account Anonymous TV tweeted: "JUST IN: #Anonymous hacked nearly 1.1 million emails (1.1 TB ) from ALET, a Russian customs broker for companies in the fuel and energy industries, handling exports and customs declarations for coal, crude oil, liquefied gases and petroleum products. #OpRussia #DDoSecrets." Most read in News TechBIRD BRAINS Twitter 'set to ACCEPT' Elon Musk's 'weed-themed' $54.20 offer to buy the appNEW CURVES iPhone 14 Pro leaks suggest that Apple will make design change with next deviceLISTEN UP Warning for Android users over flaw which can let hackers listen in on callsTRY THAT Seven hidden iPhone...
    As a result of the @washingtonpost article by @TaylorLorenz, which hyperlinked to the real estate business and supposed home address of the woman behind @libsoftiktok, she has since moved to a "safe location." The link is now absent from the article.https://t.co/ouUttcVa1b pic.twitter.com/fB8SQPOXe8— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 19, 2022 Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz has caused a heated debate among social media users after publishing the identity and inadvertently revealing the address of a person who runs a popular conservative Twitter account. Lorenz wrote the article on Tuesday, introducing all of her readers to the previously anonymous woman behind the Libs of TikTok account, which reposted various videos to poke fun at liberals. As a result of the article, which initially hyperlinked to the woman's real estate business and supposed home address, she moved to a "safe location." The link is now absent from the article. WOULD TAYLOR LORENZ CONSIDER THIS 'HARASSMENT'? "Words cannot express how appreciative I am of the support I’m receiving right now," she wrote on Twitter. "I’m confident we will get...
    Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz has reportedly been readying to dox the anonymous owner of the private “Libs of TikTok” account on Twitter. Libs of TikTok has garnered a massive Twitter following in recent years through its posting of TikTok videos that often feature crazed leftists advocating extreme behavior in support of various causes, whether it be a mother bragging about her transgender child or a teacher boasting about X-rated sex education. Apparently, informing the public of extremist activity is a bridge too far for the leftist establishment media. They have resorted to doxing the account’s owner, according to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw, who received word of the impending dox when WaPo reporter Taylor Lorenz contacted her about a story “exposing” the woman behind the account. “We are running a story exposing the woman behind the ‘Libs of TikTok” account. Our story mentions your many interactions with the account and praise of it. If you’d like to offer comment, please let me know within the next hour,” the email from Lorenz said. The Bezos Post’s internet hall...
    ANONYMOUS USA has hacked a Twitter account that was posing as Zack Tahhan, the man who caught the Brooklyn Subway Shooter. The hacker group tweeted from the account that they hacked into the account "at the request of some people because it was impersonating the name of the New York Hero Zack Tahhan." 1Zack Tahhan reportedly identified and notified the police of Frank James' location.Credit: Getty Previous tweets from the account are written in first-person as if they were written by Tahhan. Another tweet from the account reads: "This account (Twitter) is being managed by a group of social media experts. Fans of Zack." The account was taking donations for Tahhan, but later tweeted they had all been returned. Most of the previous tweets were deleted, but some remain, including posts where "Zack" thanks people who were posting videos of interviews with him. Read more on AnonymousCYBER BATTLE How Anonymous is targeting Putin from 'website hacks to war footage streams'KREM-INAL! Anonymous 'leaks nearly a MILLION Russian state emails' in attack on Kremlin One tweet from the...
    Popular Twitter account "Anonymous" warned history "will not be kind" to "Russian asset" Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The famous hacktivist group account boasting 7.9 million followers, which is waging a "cyber war" against Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine, sent an ominous message to the congresswoman, who has been accused of being a "useful idiot" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Russian asset Marjorie Taylor Greene will go down in history as one of the dumbest politicians ever. History will not be kind to you, nor will we," the account tweeted Thursday, along with a hashtag for Anonymous. 'IT ARMY OF UKRAINE': 300,000 HACKERS WORK TOGETHER TO FIGHT RUSSIA ONLINE The tweet came in response to Greene chastising Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, who accused her of recommending "betting against America." Russian asset Marjorie Taylor Greene will go down in history as one of the dumbest politicians ever. History will not be kind to you, nor will we.#Anonymous— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) March 17, 2022 Greene, a firebrand Republican from Georgia, has described Putin's actions in Ukraine as "despicable" and "evil." The...
    In this article TWTRThe online hacking activist, or "hacktivist," group Anonymous, whose adherents often disguise their identities with Guy Fawkes masks, is claiming responsibility for disruptions to Russian and Belarusian-backed websites.Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesThe murky online group known as Anonymous appears to be wading into the Ukraine-Russia conflict by declaring it is at cyber war against President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a Twitter post from an account named "Anonymous"  — with 7.4 million followers and nearly 190,000 Tweets — summoned hackers around the world to target Russia. A post from the account on Feb. 24 stated the loosely connected global group was gearing up for action against the country — "and we will be retweeting their endeavors," it said. In the days thereafter, posts by the account claimed responsibility for disabling websites belonging to the Russian oil giant Gazprom, the state-controlled Russian news agency RT, and numerous Russian and Belarusian government agencies, including the Kremlin's official site.Russia may be using bombs to drop on innocent people, but Anonymous uses...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Joe Biden supports an effort on Capitol Hill for staffers to unionize.   'He does,' Psaki said at the press briefing. 'He supports the right of any individual to seek to join a union to collective bargain and, of course, Capitol Hill staffers are certainly individuals who are pursuing that.'  Capitol Hill staffers have been anonymously airing their frustrations about pay so low they sometimes qualify for public aid and toxic working conditions on the account 'Dear White Staffers.'  The account, which brands itself as 'Congressional BIPOC s**tposters on Capitol Hill,' shares salacious stories of members who mistreat their staff, amid a campaign to unionize that has attracted the approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Psaki referred a reporter to Congressional leadership when asked if White House staff had been in touch with Hill aides organizing the effort, pointing to comments Pelosi made.   White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Joe Biden supports an effort on Capitol Hill for staffers to unionize Asked about...
    Capitol Hill staffers have been anonymously airing their frustrations about pay so low they sometimes qualify for public aid and members of Congress whose masks come off behind the scenes on the account 'Dear White Staffers.'  The account, which brands itself as 'Congressional BIPOC s**tposters on Capitol Hill,' shares salacious stories of members who mistreat their staff, amid a campaign to unionize that has attracted the approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Asked about the account in her weekly news conference, Pelosi initially declined. Later asked again about staffers' push to unionize, the speaker said: 'Well, we just unionized at the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], and I supported that.'  'Congressional staff need unions now! Congress couldn't run without them and I'm committed to supporting their voice at work,' Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., wrote on Twitter Thursday night.  Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., seconded the proposal.   'On Capitol Hill, interns are often unpaid, many staffers don't make a living wage, and lack of work protections can pave the way for unhealthy environments. @RepAndyLevin is right - sounds like a perfect place...
    The Chinese Communist Party is increasingly using advanced technological tactics to track down China critics on Twitter and Facebook, even when dissidents make use of anonymous accounts, according to a new report in the New York Times.  The report also revealed that Twitter suspended an account used by a Chinese student living abroad that parodied Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, after an effort by Chinese officials to unmask it. Twitter later restored the account without explanation. Chinese President Xi Jinping vote at the closing of the 19th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People on October 24, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) Via the New York Times: The Chinese student in Australia, who provided the video recording from her police questioning, recalled the terror she had felt when she first received a call from her father in China in spring 2020. The police told him to go to a local station over a parody account she had created to mock China’s leader, Xi Jinping. She declined to be named over concerns about reprisals. Fearful, she denied owning...
    California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu is under scrutiny for two $25,000 payments he made to Stanford University years before his son was accepted to the school. Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that Lieu made donations totaling $51,046 to his alma-mater between February 2016 and June 2018. This includes two donations of the substantial sum of $25,000, one in September 2017 and one in June 2018. According to his Instagram bio, one of Lieu's sons is about to start college as a freshman at Stanford, due to graduate in 2025.  The fact that Lieu suddenly gave so generously to the school in the years before his son was accepted has a student has raised questions about the motivation for his donations.  California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu is under scrutiny for two $25,000 payments he made to Stanford University in the years before his son was accepted to the school Republican political consultant Luke Thompson was noted that a Twitter account that tweeted about the the payments, referencing the infamous Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, was last week suspended.   Thompson himself tweeted: 'Uh....
    John Matze, the CEO of social media company Parler, claimed in a new court filing that Donald Trump had not only planned on creating a profile on the app, but also had expressed interest in using a specific username. According to Business Insider, Matze claimed that despite Trump’s prolific use of personal social media accounts over the past four years and beyond, the president had hoped to remain anonymous on Parler and had even planned on using “Person X” as a pseudonym. However, the platform was shut down before the Art of the Deal author was able to sign up. Parler was unable to remain online after shopping behemoth Amazon decided that it would not continue to host the company on its web service. Though Amazon claimed that it had decided to server ties because Parler lacked the ability to properly monitor messages and other content on its platform, Matze and his lawyers argued that Twitter had the same issue yet was not being punished. The argument specifically cited the case of Ashli Babbitt, one of the rioters who was...
    Elizabeth Winterbourne / Shutterstock Instagram account @gaysovercovid has the online gay community divided as to whether people should or should not shame influencers partying during a pandemic, flouting numerous guidelines. Many of the influencers who have been called out by the Instagram page have since gone private or just deleted their social media accounts entirely. San Francisco nurse Mike Schultz, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 for six weeks, called the partying "survival of the fittest." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An anonymous Instagram account with the handle @gaysovercovid, which now boasts over 106,000 followers, has ignited what some are calling a "gay civil war" within the gay online community. The account has been posting videos, photos, and screenshots of chiseled gay men out partying as the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives. While it was created in July of 2020, it reached its highest peak of notoriety over the weekend when it covered gay influencers, some of whom were also medical professionals, who had traveled to a large gathering in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. While many internet...
    An anonymous Twitter account is helping Arizona State University officials crack down on students flouting coronavirus safety guidelines by posting photos and videos of crowded, maskless parties taking place around campus.  The account, 'ASUcovidTracker', was set up in August when the university in Tempe resumed in-person classes for the fall semester by a junior who became concerned about the administration's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 on campus.    Over the past two months the account has racked up more than 4,000 followers as it regularly posting blurred images of students violating the school's safety protocols, along with updates about campus case counts and new policies.   The man behind the account, who is from Tempe and has gone to great lengths to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from the administration or his peers, explained to the Daily Beast this week that his goal was not to shame rule breakers, but to hold ASU accountable for inviting thousands of students and staff back on campus during a pandemic.  'I knew that for my community, there was going to be a...
    An anonymous Democratic operative’s account of how election fraud is allegedly committed was “revealing” and “chilling,” the New York Post reporter who interviewed him told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday. “Confessions of a voter fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots,” was published in The New York Post on Saturday and was written by Jon Levine, who interviewed the top Democratic operative and wrote “voter fraud, especially with mail-in ballots, is no myth.” Levine added that the operative “knows this because he’s been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades.” Mail-in ballots have become a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats in the 2020 elections. Democrats contend President Trump and new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are trying to sabotage the 2020 election by delaying service that could compromise mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans dismissed the Democrats' election concerns as a conspiracy theory. President Trump has railed against mail-in voting over fraud concerns as more states seek to increase it during the pandemic. Levine told “Fox & Friends” that the political insider, who...
    A case of the coronavirus was confirmed at Arizona State University on Sunday. Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press An Instagram account claiming to throw 'COVID parties' at the Arizona State University was deleted after the school sued the account owner, accusing them of spreading misinformation.  Still, ASU students have been partying at off-campus houses since the school's fall semester started last week.  ASU officials won't release COVID-19 data, so it's unknown if any staff or students have tested positive for the virus.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Students at Arizona State University partied at houses near campus over the weekend, after an anonymous Instagram account claiming to throw 'COVID parties' was deleted when the school sued. Classes started at ASU on August 19, and police in Tempe, Arizona, told AZ Central that it issued six party citations at student gatherings over the weekend. A video shared by psychology student Kevin Redifer showed dozens of young people lining up outside one house party. ASU also recently filed a lawsuit against an anonymous Instagram account, named "asu__covid.parties," saying it...
    An Arizona State University professor who posted on Twitter for years about social justice issues and recently detailed her fight with COVID-19 was said to have died last week — but she actually never existed. BethAnn McLaughlin — who announced the made-up professor’s death on July 31 — admitted to The New York Times on Tuesday that she was behind the hoax. “I take full responsibility for my involvement in creating the @sciencing_bi Twitter account,” she said in a statement through her lawyer. “My actions are inexcusable. I apologize without reservation to all the people I hurt.” Since 2016, the anonymous account @Sciencing_Bi had posted frequently about sexual harassment and diversity in science, making connections with other academics online. The account claimed to be an anthropology professor who had grown up in Alabama and “fled the south because of their oppression of queer folk,” according to the Times. It also made pointed references to being Native American and began to identify as Hopi earlier this year. And it was active in the career of McLaughlin, a neuroscientist, even promoting...
    An Arizona State University professor who posted on Twitter for years about social justice issues and recently detailed her fight with COVID-19 was said to have died last week — but she actually never existed. BethAnn McLaughlin — who announced the made-up professor’s death on July 31 — admitted to The New York Times on Tuesday that she was behind the hoax. “I take full responsibility for my involvement in creating the @sciencing_bi Twitter account,” she said in a statement through her lawyer. “My actions are inexcusable. I apologize without reservation to all the people I hurt.” Since 2016, the anonymous account @Sciencing_Bi had posted frequently about sexual harassment and diversity in science, making connections with other academics online. The account claimed to be an anthropology professor who had grown up in Alabama and “fled the south because of their oppression of queer folk,” according to the Times. It also made pointed references to being Native American and began to identify as Hopi earlier this year. And it was active in the career of McLaughlin, a neuroscientist, even promoting a...
    A popular Anonymous Twitter account spread unsubstantiated claims regarding hackers on Monday that eventually made their way into the feed of a sitting U.S. congressman. The account which helped spread the allegation, @YourAnonCentral, tweeted out an image of a map purporting to show a significant distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack underway against much of the nation. DDoS attacks work by overwhelming servers with traffic, resulting in a targeted website or service being knocked offline. Not only that, @YourAnonCentral, which boasts more than 6.5 million followers, went on to state that every cell phone provider in the country had been affected as well. Another map appearing to show cell service outages across the country was also included in the tweet. “All major cell phone providers across the United States are currently suffering from major outages,” @YourAnonCentral tweeted. Given @YourAnonCentral’s large following, much of which was obtained by spreading numerous false claims earlier this month, rumors of an unprecedented cyber attack against Americans quickly spread online. The alleged DDoS attack even caught the attention of Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who used the incident to...
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