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Twitter, Amazon, NASDAQ, Target – 2013′s Biggest Digital Disasters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Twitter, Amazon, NASDAQ, Target - 2013's Biggest Digital Disasters [INFOGRAPHIC]

2013 was a great year for social media but a somewhat forgettable one for online security, with a series of high-profile software glitches and exploits causing a lot of damage, both in reputations and finances, throughout the year.

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Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Microsoft News And XBox Support Twitter Accounts

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Microsoft News And XBox Support Twitter Accounts

It’s barely a few weeks into 2014, and the Syrian Electronic Army has wielded its power yet again.

The victim this time? Microsoft, whose @XboxSupport and Microsoft News (@MSFTnews) Twitter accounts were hacked on Saturday.

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2 Million Accounts Compromised From Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn

2 Million Accounts Compromised From Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn

Malware has captured login credentials from more than 2 million users worldwide on Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn, reports Mashable.

A new report from web security firm Trustwave shares that hackers have been using Pony malware to steal usernames and passwords across these sites.

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Hacker Leaks Details Of 15,000 Twitter Accounts; A Quick 3-Step Guide To Protect Your Account Right Now

On Tuesday, a hacker from Mauritania gained access to more than 15,000 Twitter accounts’ user IDs and the associated OAuth tokens used to connect Twitter accounts to third-party services.

The self-dubbed Mauritania Attacker published his haul, which does not include Twitter user passwords, online.

Below, more details on the situation and how to protect your account right now.

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Twitter Hacks: How to Avoid Being Punk’d in the Age of Social Media

There has been a flurry of twitter account hacks recently, what with our neighborhood villains over at the Syrian Electronic Army phishing every media outlet in the Western pond. NPR, BBC, Associated Press, and even The Onion (is nothing sacred?) have all fallen victim to their hacktivist wiles.

The good news: In response to the AP hack that sent the stock market for a loop nearly a month ago, Twitter has instigated a brand-new two-step authentication option that makes it much harder for hackers to worm their way into Twitter accounts. But how many of our nation’s celebrities had to suffer before this new and improved system was put into effect? Well, a bunch of them. Read on to find out what hackers had to say when they assumed the voices of America’s sweethearts and rock stars in 140 characters or less.

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Sky News Accidentally Sends Private Tweet, Then Covers It Up By Claiming To Be Hacked

In February 2012, Sky News made Twitter headlines with its widely contested ban on its employees retweeting or sharing information from any Twitter users not employed by Sky News.

And now the broadcaster is stirring the Twitter pot again with a strange fake hack cover-up.

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Another Day, Another High-Profile Twitter Hack: E! Online

The Syrian Electronic Army, the group behind the April 23 hacking of the Associated Press Twitter account, and more recently CBS, hacked into the E! Online profile on Saturday.

The hackers tweeted a fake “exclusive” allegedly from Justin Bieber announcing that he was gay, which prompted more than 1,000 retweets and more than 350 favorites.

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Aftermath Of @BurgerKing Twitter Hack: 30,000 New Followers, Conversations Up 300%, 450,000 Tweets

On Monday the official Burger King Twitter account was hacked, with the anonymous exploiters cheekily changing BK’s header photo and logo to that of McDonald’s, claiming that the company had been acquired by its great rival. They also posted a number of tweets, many of which were decidedly unsavoury.

The social reaction was immediate, and immense. The tweets flowed. And flowed. And flowed.

Eventually, the @BurgerKing profile was suspended, and Twitter restored access to the rightful owners. But, all in all, a total disaster for Burger King, right?

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Stupidest Idea Ever: MTV And BET Fake Twitter Hacks

So you heard about Burger King getting hacked yesterday – and it was pretty funny, right? The hackers said BK was purchased by McDonalds and posted a bunch of hip hop videos and inappropriate tweets.

Then Jeep was hacked today, by (apparently) the same crew, claiming Jeep was bought by Cadillac. Okay, that was pretty funny too.

And THEN [insert groan] MTV and BET were hacked and the accounts were (mildly) razzing each other for about two hours, till they admitted it was a “joke.”

Ugh. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a “thing.” 

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Connecting Your Phone To Twitter May Not Be The Best Idea

Do you ever tweet from your phone? We’re not talking about your smartphone’s Twitter apps, we’re asking if you tweet via text or SMS.

If you do, you might want to consider joining the rest of us on the smartphone train because hackers seem to be going spoof wild on phones lately – and apparently Twitter is vulnerable.

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