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    TWITTER could bring about several controversial features as early as next week as Elon Musk celebrates his newfound control of the massive company. The company announced that it plans to sell blue verification badges for user profiles that cost $8 per month after online trolls joked about getting a free "rat verification." 1Twitter will be selling blue verification badges for $8 a month, according to reports Musk purchased the company for a whopping $44billion and is now looking to gain some profit, Bloomberg said. Other than the paid verification, Twitter may also bring the edit function to all users. As of now, it is only for people who pay $5 a month for a Twitter Blue subscription. Both features could come as soon as next week, officials said. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. Topics Twitter Elon Musk YOU MIGHT...
    The woke mob descended on Queen Elizabeth mere minutes after news of her tragic death broke on Thursday afternoon. Critics were quick to call the late-queen a colonizer who wrought oppression across the world during her historic 70-year reign. The charge was led by University of Michigan professor of English Ebony Elizabeth Thomas who said thoughts of Diana and Meghan Markle were keeping her from shedding a tear for the fallen monarch. 'At this moment, the thought of Diana and Meghan are keeping my eyes completely dry,' she wrote in reference to the reported poor treatment of the two women who married into the House of Windsor, 'I'm surprised. I tend to weep even for personal enemies and structural oppressors, and US media, entertainment, and education has gilded her. But... yeah.' The tweet was joined by a chorus of right-on Twitter commenters who echoed her in agreement while suggesting the Queen was a harbinger of evil.  Thomas began her barrage on the queen earlier in the day as news of her poor health began to swirl.   'Telling the colonized how they...
    BIZZARE footage has emerged appearing to show hundreds of fish rain down from the sky in India. A by-stander, who filmed the incredible moment, labelled the experience as “unique” as the marine life dropped down from above. 4Stunned locals were seen tending to the fish in India's state of TelanganaCredit: Twitter 4The strange phenomenon is a result of the country's monsoon seasonCredit: Twitter A video shows several fish squirming and floundering on the floor as locals in the state of Telangana continue to by pummelled by monsoons. The area has reportedly experienced heavy rainfall and flooding in recent weeks as a red alert was issued across 12 districts for five days. National highways have been waterlogged, causing problems for emergency services attempting to reach ravaged villages and towns. Last weekend, onlookers were shocked by the aftermath of a severe downpour as fish littered the roads and streets, apb reported. Read more on newsHOLIDAY HELL Brit, 34, killed on honeymoon after 'ignoring red warning flag' to go swimmingDEADLY COASTER Girl, 14, plunges to her death after Cobra rollercoaster car flies off...
    Pulitzer-winning writer and reporter Glenn Greenwald castigated the state of modern journalism in a tweet thread yesterday, arguing that the progressive ideological echo-chamber that currently governs the industry is responsible for the repeated spread of untrue stories like Russiagate and Cassidy Hutchinson’s now-infamous claim that Donald Trump grabbed the steering wheel of a presidential limo. “As any lawyer will tell you (if being honest), few things are less reliable than a proceeding with no adversarial component. These hearings have zero,” Greenwald said of the increasingly farcical of the January 6th committee. “One can assign whatever blame one wants for that, but perhaps it means journalists should be…skeptical…of assertions there.” As any lawyer will tell you (if being honest), few things are less reliable than a proceeding with no adversarial component. These hearings have zero. One can assign whatever blame one wants for that, but perhaps it means journalists should be…skeptical…of assertions there. — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 29, 2022 Greenwald slammed fellow journalists for conducting their work in an echo-chamber, insulated from potentially useful feedback from conservative reporters. “If, yesterday,...
    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Isiaih Mosley scored 32 points on 13-for-21 shooting and Missouri State beat Valparaiso 74-57 on Saturday for their second straight win. The Bears (13-6, 4-2 Missouri Valley Conference) have won five of their last six games and Mosley has topped 30 points in three straight. Valparaiso (8-20, 1-5) has dropped four straight following a three-game win streak. The Bears used an 11-5 run to start the second half and Missouri State led by double digits the rest of the way. Ben Krikke led the Beacons with 14 points. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP— https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    There was no mercy for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings when they lost to the Cowboys, who had Cooper Rush making his first start at quarterback. The Vikings were in prime position to grab a victory on Sunday Night Football the moment the Cowboys had to start Cooper Rush in place of Dak Prescott. Rush was set to make the first start of his career with Prescott out with a calf injury. Did Minnesota take advantage? Nope. They didn’t because their handsomely-paid quarterback, Kirk Cousins, couldn’t get the job done.Twitter roasted Kirk Cousins and the Vikings for losing to Cooper RushNFL Twitter went after Minnesota and Cousins in particular for the 20-16 loss. Kirk Cousins isnt having a great game, but this play calling has been nothing short of abysmal since the opening drive. — Daily Norseman: Drew Pearson still pushed off (@DailyNorseman) November 1, 2021 This is your scheduled reminder that Kirk Cousins is paid $33 million per year. — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 1, 2021 Kirk Cousins has a negative EPA entering the fourth quarter. His average...
    Americans commemorated D-Day, June 6, 1944, on Sunday, that led to the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany. “77 years ago, tens of thousands of American men bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy to rid the world of evil. Now on #DDay, we honor their memory by remembering their sacrifice,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted. 77 years ago, tens of thousands of American men bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy to rid the world of evil. Now on #DDay, we honor their memory by remembering their sacrifice. ???????? pic.twitter.com/7UPcFvPluG — Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 6, 2021 Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) tweeted, “Heroes.” Heroes. #DDay pic.twitter.com/F7PludCJ8z — Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) June 6, 2021 The U.S. Embassy in France tweeted, “On June 6, 1944, approximately 160,000 Allied troops, including 73,000 soldiers, landed on the beaches of Normandy. 77 years later, we remember and honor all those who fought to defend our freedom. May we never forget our heroes.” On June 6, 1944, approximately 160,000 Allied troops, including 73,000 ???????? soldiers, landed on the beaches of Normandy. 77 years later, we remember...
    Savannah Rychcik May 7, 2021 0 Comments An activist confronted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Creator of The Undercurrent, Lauren Windsor, posted a video of the interaction. Windsor, who confirmed she was the woman in the video, asked Cruz, “Wondering why you didn’t do more to fight for President Trump on January 6th?” Cruz replied, “Well I led the objections and the Senate voted it down.” Windsor suggested, “But you could have done more. I mean, we all know that Joe Biden didn’t win this election. I know in my heart of hearts that Joe Biden did not win this election.” Cruz reiterated, “I led the fight. At the end of the day, you got to have the votes on the floor of the Senate.” Watch the video below: NEW VIDEO: @TedCruz wants you to know that HE led the effort to overturn the election in the Senate… take that, Josh Hawley! pic.twitter.com/eadMdgbc1B— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) May 7, 2021 Windsor also questioned Cruz about...
    Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) said in a statement on Friday that President Joe Biden’s “reckless open border policies” led to the “Biden Border Crisis.” Daines served as part of a delegation of Senate Republicans who traveled to the southern border to see the migrant crisis unfold less than 100 days into Biden’s administration. Daines detailed how porous the southern border has become under the 46th president. The Montana conservative noted that there are “illegal immigrants preparing to cross the border at the dead of night — not a thing to stop them.” Illegal immigrants preparing to cross the border—not a thing stopping them. pic.twitter.com/FygmStgHv3 — Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) March 26, 2021 Daines noted that, while the Biden administration stopped construction of the border patrol, they put down signs to direct illegal immigrants to sites to get processed. Daines shared a video with “[s]igns directing illegal immigrants to processing points where they are processed and then released into the country sometimes without even a court date.” Daines continued, “@JoeBiden stopped construction of the wall and now relies on the honor system.”...
    Donald Trump's tweet in March 2020 that referred to coronavirus as the 'Chinese virus' led to a rise of anti-Asian hashtags on Twitter, a new study reveals.  US researchers examined nearly 700,000 tweets containing nearly 1.3 million hashtags, the week before and after the president's tweet on March 16, 2020. They wanted to see whether his use of the term – which public health experts warned against using – may have led others to use anti-Asian language on Twitter.  They found that users who adopted the hashtag #chinesevirus were far more likely to pair it with overtly racist hashtags, such as #bateatingchinese, #yellowmanfever, #makethecommiechinesepay, #disgustingchinese, #commieflu and #chopstickchins. Scroll down for video  President Donald Trump defended his use of the term 'China virus' to describe the coronavirus, saying 'it's not racist at all'. But in the week after Trump posted the tweet, the number of coronavirus-related tweets with anti-Asian hashtags rose precipitously, a study has found RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election... Twitter trolls can be identified...
    Zack Snyder’s Justice League is finally streaming on HBO Max across the globe. Fans have managed to get what they wanted to watch back in 2017 when the first Justice League movie released. Even the critics found Zack’s version a vast improvement from the Joss Whedon cut and even compared it with Marvel’s Avengers. It won’t be wrong to say that it was made possible by one hashtag ‘Release Snyder Cut’. Now that the four-hour cathartic version of DC’s superheroes is out for viewing, let us tell you how this hashtag made the existence of Zack Snyder’s Justice League possible. Zack Snyder’s Justice League Early Reviews Out! Critics Give A Positive Nod to this Long-Awaited DC Superhero Film Many years ago… It was November 17, 2017 when Justice League released in the theatres. Soon enough it was slammed by the critics and dismissed by the superhero fandom. “Release the Snyder Cut” author Sean O’Connell told WTOP, “Literally the first day that the Justice League theatrical movie screened, Zack’s fans knew it wasn’t his movie because they’d seen trailers and watched making-of...
    Derek Chauvin trial live: Jury selection begins Monday; protest, vigil planned to honor George Floyd Warnings about coronavirus danger in Wuhan 2 years before outbreak ignored: book James Harden is one of the more fashionable players in the NBA. © Getty Getty But the funky raincoat thing he donned before the game in Atlanta was … strange. There were also some really bright green sneakers to finish the ensemble, and yeah, the whole thing was just wild and bold. So of course everyone on Twitter made lots and lots of jokes and turned it into a meme of sorts. Here’s a roundup of some of the best tweets about the outfit, before Harden went out and scored 21 points on 7-of-13 from distance in Team Durant’s loss to to Team LeBron on Sunday night: That 9-time All-Star drip ????@JHarden13 ⭐️ #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/tJQ07tAQCZ— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 7, 2021 What James harden is wearing probably costs more than all my clothing combined but it looked like a button down rain poncho pic.twitter.com/XzH4AMsXi9— Andrew Goldberg (@AGBerg12) March 7, 2021...
    The general director of Twitter for Spain and Portugal, Nathalie Picquot, surprised this Friday by presenting his resignation with a message on his profile on the social network. It said verbatim: “After three years at the helm of Twitter Spain I have decided turn my professional life around and I will leave the company shortly. “And he added:” With the desire to start a new stage in my career with new learning and different challenges. Very grateful and proud to have led this great team. “ Nathalie Picquot was appointed CEO of Twitter for Spain and Portugal in November 2017, after working for 11 years at Google Spain. At that time, he relieved Pepe López de Ayala, who also came to the social network after passing through Google. Sources close to Picquot comment that the board had been “in disagreement with Twitter’s content policy in Spain for some time. dictated and directed from the United States and with the aggravations of the last events that have filled his patience and have led him to resign himself and leave office...
    Elon Musk stayed silent following the epic explosion of SpaceX's Starship SN9, mainly because he took a break from Twitter, but the billionaire has shared his thoughts and regrets about the failed mission. On February 2, the massive rocket attempted its first high-altitude test but was unable to stick the landing that finished with a deafening crash. When asked on Twitter 'why only light 2 engines for landing' instead of all three in order to remove any points of failure, Musk replied 'we were too dumb.' 'Next time,' he added, 'we try the pull *up* method.' However, reports state that one of the two Raptor engines failed to re-ignite before returning to the ground, which caused SN9 to travel too fast to perform a safe landing. Scroll down for videos  Elon Musk stayed silent following the epic explosion of SpaceX's Starship SN9, but the billionaire has shared his thoughts and regrets about the failed mission. When asked on Twitter 'why only light 2 engines for landing' instead of all three in order to remove any points of failure, Musk...
    Rep. Jeff Van Drew says he deleted his Twitter account not out of solidarity with former President Donald Trump but because of the toxic culture on social media. “Got tired of it. Tired of all the negativity,” Van Drew told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. “It's just degenerated to a point that there's so much hateful stuff and so much anger, so much hurt. I have so many other ways of putting information.” Van Drew's Twitter account went offline on Wednesday, but his Facebook page, which he still intends to use to communicate with his constituents, remains active. The New Jersey Republican switched from the Democratic Party during Trump's first impeachment in 2019 and earned criticism for pledging his "undying support" to Trump, though he later walked back that comment. The deletion, he said, has "nothing at all" to do with Trump being banished from Twitter and other social media platforms, though he noted he gets along with Trump and considers him a friend. The congressman also said he was not making a statement about the problems...
    According to recently released data from a market research firm, Donald Trump’s permanent ban from Twitter resulted in a significant decrease in social media conversations alleging that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential race through fraudulent means. On Saturday, The Washington Post covered the results of a study from Zignal Labs, which noted that “online misinformation about election fraud” had gone down by 73 percent in the days since Trump and some of his “key allies” were suspended or banned from Twitter and other similar platforms. The firm stressed that the findings were proof that tech companies have the power to “limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate” when certain political figures aggressively push their narratives. “Twitter’s ban of Trump on Jan. 8, after years in which @realDonaldTrump was a potent online megaphone, has been particularly significant in curbing his ability to push misleading claims about what state and federal officials have called a free and fair election on Nov. 3,” The Washington Post wrote. Specifically, Zignal Labs revealed that in the week since Trump got banned from the microblogging service,...
    Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer called out Nancy Pelosi for describing herself as a mother and grandmother in her Twitter bio - after helping pass a House ban on gender-related language.   Spicer, who served a seven-month stint as President Donald Trump's first press secretary in 2017, waded back into the political fray on Instagram on Monday with his jab at House Speaker Pelosi.  It came hours after the House passed new rules prohibiting gendered words - including mother and grandmother, which Pelosi uses to describe herself on Twitter.   Spicer took a screengrab of the bio and circled the offending words, writing: 'Ut oh. Nancy Pelosi's twitter bio is in violation of her new House rules that prohibit gender specific terms.'   Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer (left) called out Nancy Pelosi (right) for describing herself as a mother and grandmother in her Twitter bio after she helped pass a House ban on gender-related language Spicer took a screengrab of Pelosi's bio and circled the offending words, writing: 'Ut oh. Nancy Pelosi's twitter bio is in violation...
    (CNN)The owner of an English Premier League team has defended a post from the club's official Twitter account that led to online abuse being directed at football pundit Karen Carney.Prior to Leeds beating West Brom 5-0 in a Premier League game on Tuesday, Carney said during Amazon Prime's coverage of the match that last season's coronavirus break had helped the side get promoted into the English football's top flight.Leeds responded by posting a clip of her punditry pointing out that the club had won English football's second-tier division by 10 points alongside a puzzled emoji. The tweet also tagged Amazon Prime Video Sport and put a waving emoji next to it.Support network Women in Football described the Leeds tweet as "inciteful and inappropriate," while the post also provoked a backlash online with a number of high-profile figures criticizing Leeds for triggering a "pile-on" of abuse aimed at the former England women's international team member, who made 144 appearances for her country.Ex-Leeds and Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand called for it to be deleted whilst broadcast journalist Emma Sanders criticized the...
    WWE wrestler Paige was stalked by a creeper who was put into a “hold” by the superstar’s boyfriend Ronnie Radke until cops showed up. The 28-year-old wrestling legend, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, and her boyfriend shared the horrific encounter on Twitter -- describing it as the “scariest thing ever.” 4WWE wrestler Paige was stalked by a man her boyfriend allegedly put into a 'hold'Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4Paige and her boyfriend Ronnie Radke detailed the ordeal on TwitterCredit: Twitter 4Radke reportedly put the man into a hold until police arrivedCredit: Twitter 4Police arrested a man who was reportedly stalking WWE star PaigeCredit: Twitter “Scariest thing ever. He told us symbols led him to us. But Ronnie got him in a hold until police got there. Wtf is wrong with people... thank god Ronnie is around to protect our house. Jesus,” Paige said. Radke shared photos of police arresting the man, alleging that the stalker “got his a** handed to him.” “A stalker had the audacity to come to my door, got his ass handed to him until...
    The RiNo neighborhood just welcomed a new addition to its coffee scene; Lekker Coffee opened in the former Hotbox Roasters space at 3460 Larimer Street on October 1. Mother and daughter Dawn Kaprielian and Kara Finkelstein take the name RiNo seriously— and literally— as their cafe seeks to raise awareness about  endangered rhinoceroses, a cause to which they donate ten percent of all their coffee shop's sales. In 2017, Finkelstein quit her corporate job to travel around Europe but ended her trip with a six-week stint in South Africa. While there, she volunteered with the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, an organization that rescues baby rhinos whose mothers have been poached. After returning to Denver, she moved with her husband to RiNo and felt it serendipitous that her new neighborhood shared a name with the creatures she'd just spent time learning about and caring for. She decided to take it as an opportunity to teach others about the five rhinoceros species, three of which are endangered. Influenced by her time in South Africa, she named the cafe Lekker, an Afrikaans slang term which...
    Dear Stoner: I left a jar of weed in an Uber the other night. I didn't contact my driver to try to get it back. Should I have? It was really good weed.Rory Dear Rory: We've posed several weed hypotheticals to Uber over the years and received no response, but the ride-share service's square policies have shown us what to expect, with company guidelines banning cannabis transport in Uber rides by both the rider and passenger, even in states with legal cannabis. In fact, Uber drivers have even reported riders for smelling like weed or possessing it during a trip, which has led to warnings and bans from the service. That said, I've bought weed (or learned where to get it) from Uber drivers on numerous occasions while traveling, so it all comes down to the driver. Unsplash/Victor Xok Marijuana Deals Near YouRelated Stories Ask a Stoner: Can I Tip My Uber Driver With Weed? CDOT's Stoned Driving Message Faces Uphill Climb Marijuana Laws in States Surrounding Colorado We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of...
    Last month, the Denver Film Festival announced that its 43rd edition would unspool virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, there are a trio of exceptions. During the October 22 to November 8 event, DFF will screen three high-profile flicks using a drive-in format at Red Rocks that was pioneered over the summer for the 2020 Film on the Rocks program. The flicks include Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, the Winston Duke-Zazie Beetz vehicle Nine Days, and Ammonite, a period romance headlined by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson says the idea of including in-person screenings as part of this year's offerings was cemented by the success of the Film on the Rocks experiment. "There's no beating the environment of Red Rocks and the way we had such a huge screen up there with our LED system," she allows. "They were pretty evenings."Related Stories Denver Film Festival Closes Out on a Winning Note Previewing the Denver Film Festival's Biggest Opening Night Ever Inside the Denver Film Festival's Salute to the Late Brit Withey Marijuana...
    Last March, a person with mild COVID-19 symptoms went to a two-and-a-half-hour long chorale practice in Skagit Valley, Washington. In the weeks that followed, more than fifty people — nearly everyone who attended that rehearsal — contracted the disease and two people died. Shelly Miller, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, led a recent study of that rehearsal, one of the nation’s first super-spreader events. The study states that singing indoors and unmasked can swiftly spread COVID-19 via microscopic airborne particles known as aerosols. In the study, she explains that although members of the chorale took precautions, like using hand sanitizer, avoiding touching each other or surfaces, and propping doors open, they didn’t wear masks. Members of the chorale were interviewed as part of the study, and researchers concluded that there simply were not enough opportunities for droplets and infected surfaces, known as fomites, to transmit the virus to the number of people who fell ill afterward. Related Stories How Denver's Open Mics Are Playing Out the Pandemic COVID-19: Focus on the Family Declared...
    Nets owner Joe Tsai said he was glad Steve Nash’s hiring as Brooklyn’s coach created a discussion about “white privilege,’’ but believes the argument doesn’t hold up. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said on the air that “white privilege’’ was at work in the Nets’ choice of Nash, the Hall of Fame point guard, because his lone coaching experience was as a part-time skills instructor for the Warriors. The charge created a national firestorm after the announcement on Sept. 3 — and Tsai actually loved it. “The example [Smith] uses in this particular case is misapplied, but having that conversation is important,’’ Tsai said on a Yale University podcast posted Friday. “So I think this is a very good example of, rather than just shouting at each other, we understand white privilege is an issue and needs to be talked about. But in this case, it doesn’t apply because Steve Nash is the best person for the job. But we’re not afraid to talk about it.” Tsai said he was proud of Nash for adeptly responding during the press...
    A screenshot from a video shared by Twitter user Tasha Joy shows the "firenado" that was spotted on the border of Nevada and California. @That1GirlTasha/Twitter A wildfire that erupted in Northern California on Friday led to a tornado of fire — or "firenado" — on Saturday. "Firenados" can form when hot, dry air forms columns and sucks in embers and debris. The phenomenon led the National Weather Service to issue on Saturday what is believed to be its first official fire tornado warning. Some social media users shared images and videos of the jarring plume of smoke.  A rare fire tornado — or "firenado"— occurred in a part of Northern California on Saturday. The extreme weather event was triggered by wildfires that started on Friday in Loyalton, California, near the state's border with Nevada. A "firenado" is a weather phenomenon that forms when columns of hot, dry air pick up embers. However, unlike regular tornadoes, they form on the ground rather than in the air. The Reno National Weather Service tweeted a warning about the conditions on...
    (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) Players, fans, and media members all took to Twitter Tuesday after the Big Ten became the first Power Five conference to cancel its football season. The Big Ten became the first of the Power Five conferences to cancel its football season due to coronavirus conferences, likely triggering a chain reaction that could see a fall without college football.
    The alleged Twitter hackers were reportedly taken down by rival gang who shared a database that led the FBI to the mastermind Florida teen and his two accomplices.  Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa. Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have also been charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15.  The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. It also saw the men allegedly make thousands by selling people's usernames.  But the accused youngsters were easily traced thanks to a rival group of hackers who had earlier shared a database full of usernames and private messages that then led FBI to the three men, Wired reports.      That information was shared at the beginning at April and acquired by the FBI on April 9.  The data gathered from that showed bitcoin addresses and IP addresses which law enforcement are said to have used to trace the three men arrested.  ...
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc , whose internal systems were breached about two weeks ago, said on Thursday the incident targeted a small number of employees through a phone "spear-phishing" attack. The U.S. microblogging site said the hackers targeted about 130 accounts, tweeted from 45, accessed inbox of 36, and were able to download Twitter data from seven. Attackers also targeted specific employees who had access to account support tools, Twitter said https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/an-update-on-our-security-incident.html, adding that it restricted access to its internal tools and systems ever since the incident occurred. Hackers had accessed Twitter's internal systems on July 15 to hijack some of the platform's top voices including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former U.S. President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk and used them to solicit digital currency. Publicly available blockchain records show the apparent scammers received more than $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency. The "spear-phishing" technique is a practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information. Reuters reported last week that more...
    Twitter provided an update about the unprecedented July 15th attack that allowed hackers to tweet from some of the most high-profile accounts on the service, in a blog post and a series of tweets published Thursday evening. Twitter now says that a few employees were targeted in a phone spear phishing attack. While Twitter doesn’t quite say, that presumably means hackers called up Twitter employees while posing as colleagues or members of Twitter’s own security team, and got them to reveal the credentials they use to access internal systems. Twitter had previously said its own tools were compromised in the attack, but up until this point, the company hadn’t specified how that had happened. “This attack relied on a significant and concerted attempt to mislead certain employees and exploit human vulnerabilities to gain access to our internal systems,” Twitter said in a tweet from its support account. By obtaining employee credentials, they were able to target specific employees who had access to our account support tools. They then targeted 130 Twitter accounts – Tweeting from 45, accessing the DM...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/CNN) — Cyber security experts continued to work with San Francisco-based social media giant Twitter in an attempt to identify hackers who were able to break into accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates and Elon Musk among others. Late Wednesday night, the company issued a statement calling the hacking a coordinated attack. “We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” Twitter’s support team said. The attackers posted tweets that appeared to promote a cryptocurrency scam. “We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely,” the support team said. The accounts, along with those of former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Mike Bloomberg, posted similar tweets soliciting donations via Bitcoin to their verified profiles. “Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” Gates’ tweet said, promising to double...
    In its first detailed statements since someone took over a number of high profile accounts Wednesday afternoon, Twitter posted a thread explaining “what we know so far.” While rumors have swirled about what may have caused a compromise that gave hackers access to Twitter accounts for Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Apple, Kanye West and others, the company stated “We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.” We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it. — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 16, 2020 This was disruptive, but it was an important step to reduce risk. Most functionality has been restored but we may take further actions and will update you if we do. — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July...
    SoftBank Group is launching a $100 million fund to invest in “companies led by founders and entrepreneurs of color,” in the latest corporate action as protests roil the US. Described as SoftBank’s bid to improve diversity, “we have to put money behind it, set plans, and hold ourselves accountable,” SoftBank Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure, who will head the fund, wrote in a letter to employees on Wednesday. Named the “Opportunity Growth Fund” and focused on African Americans and Latinos in the US it is, SoftBank says, the largest fund of its kind. It will invest in entrepreneurs “from communities that face systemic disadvantages in building and scaling their businesses,” Claure wrote. SoftBank also runs the $100 billion Vision Fund, which is headed by Rajeev Misra and invests amounts larger than the entire new fund in startups around the world. In addition to leading restructuring at floundering office-space startup WeWork, Claure runs a fund investing in Latin America. He and Misra are seen as potential successors to Chief Executive Masayoshi Son. “Racism is a lamentable thing,” Son wrote on Twitter,...
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