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Twitter Fixes Serious Flaw That Allowed Unauthorised Deletion of User Credit Card Info

Twitter Fixes Serious Flaw That Allowed Unauthorised Deletion of User Credit Card Info

Earlier this month Twitter launched a HackerOne initiative that rewarded security experts for correctly identifying serious bugs on the platform. The program pays out a minimum of $140 for any qualifying vulnerability, with no maximum reward – indeed, the bounty is scaled against the severity of the flaw.

This week Twitter has patched a hole that would have allowed a hacker to openly delete any number of account credit cards used for ad payments on Twitter, potentially costing the company millions in revenue. Accordingly, Twitter has paid out $2,800 to the security research who exposed the bug, a record bounty for the company.

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Yahoo News ‘Hacked’ on Twitter, Sends Panicked ‘Ebola Outbreak’ Tweet

Yahoo News 'Hacked' on Twitter, Sends Panicked 'Ebola Outbreak' Tweet

The official Yahoo News Twitter profile (@YahooNews) was allegedly “hacked” * on Sunday night, with the account then used to send a chilling tweet about the Ebola virus.

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Twitter @BurgerKing Hacker Given Four Year Jail Term

Twitter @BurgerKing Hacker Given Four Year Jail Term

Remember back in February 2013 when the @BurgerKing Twitter profile was hacked?

Sure you do. It was actually pretty funny – the exploiter changed Burger King’s Twitter header photo and avatar to the McDonald’s logo and made an announcement that BK had been acquired by Ronald and co.

Well, federal prosecutors have finally caught up with the person behind the hack, and it’s only taken them 17 months.

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Heartbleed: Should You Change Your Social Media Passwords? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Heartbleed: Should You Change Your Social Media Passwords? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, which is used throughout the internet by pretty much every major website, ranging from Google to Facebook, Pinterest to Twitter. The security breach was fixed with the latest version of OpenSSL, and the internet was quick to patch the flaw.

However, half a million websites were believed to have been affected by Heartbleed, and it’s the responsibility of admins to install the fix. So… should you change your Twitter password?

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Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram – Social Media Security Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram - Social Media Security Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

In the past 5 years social media growth has exploded around the globe and, as platforms such as Twitter and Facebook expand and begin to increasingly mirror and reflect “real life”, they take on many of the problems of the offline world, too.

For example: security. With millions of social media views, updates and registrations taking place literally each and every minute, the potential for identify thieves, hackers and good, old-fashioned burglars to exploit your personal information has never been greater.

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Apple, Facebook, Zendesk, Twitter – Was Your Data Compromised In 2013? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Apple, Facebook, Zendesk, Twitter - Was Your Data Compromised In 2013? [INFOGRAPHIC]

2013 was a great year for social media, but a lousy year for digital privacy – certainly if the large number of serious data breaches of some of the most widely used services on the web are used as a measure.

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Strange Stuff Coming From Your Twitter Profile? Think You’ve Been Hacked? Check Your Apps!

Strange Stuff Coming From Your Twitter Profile? Think You've Been Hacked? Check Your Apps!

If your Twitter profile has been behaving in a strange way and doing things like sending our tweets you didn’t write, following other users you didn’t authorise and telling everyone you know about the latest amazing diet tips and must-see celebrity nudity, chances are your account has been exploited.

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Chipotle Twitter Account Fakes Its Own Hack, Gains 4,000 Followers

Earlier this week, Chipotle’s Twitter account started sending out strange and random tweets that led many to believe the account had been hacked.

Turns out, Chipotle faked its own Twitter hack as part of a publicity stunt celebrating the fast food chain’s 20th anniversary.

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Twitter Warns Journalists That News And Media Organizations Are ‘High Value Targets’ For Hackers

Last week the world was rocked by a tweet issued by the official Associated Press (@AP) Twitter profile that reported that President Barack Obama had been injured after two explosions in the White House.

Except (and of course), the news was fake. There were no explosions at the White House, and President Obama had not been injured. The problem? The source, the @AP Twitter account, was real, and had been compromised by hackers, and Twitter has now warned journalists and media companies that they expect these attacks to continue.

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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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