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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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Two-Step Authentication Rolls Out On Twitter.com

Today’s most predictable news: Twitter has finally rolled out two-step authentication.

After another recent round of high-profile hacks, apparently Twitter saw the light. And by “light,” I mean the dead-obvious value of offering users a two-step secure login that’s been available on Google, Facebook, and more platforms for months now.

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Internal Documents Reveal The FBI Can Read Your Twitter DMs Without A Warrant

The White House just hired its first Chief Privacy Officer – straight out of Twitter, no less – but the privacy they may be protecting is that of the FBI, not the American people.

According to new internal documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through a Freedom of Information Act request, the content of your emails, Facebook chats, Twitter DMs and all other forms of digital communication chould be at the disposal of law enforcement agencies, even without a warrant.

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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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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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5 Tips For Protecting Your Twitter Account From Hackers

On the Internet, privacy and security are major concerns, especially as hacking on Twitter is more rampant than ever.

In order to protect your Twitter account from hackers – be they intentionally targeting your account, or including you in a systematic sweep – follow these five tips, below.

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You Are What You Tweet

Everything you do, and everything you say on Twitter reflects how the rest of us see YOU as a person.

It isn’t about all those links you share, it isn’t about how often you retweet your friends, and it certainly isn’t about how many followers you have.

It’s about how you behave.

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Twitter Is Holding A Security Open House Next Week

Want to meet Twitter’s security team in person and hear about what they’re working on right now? Maybe scope out opportunities to join the Twitter flock? Well, you can’t because the event is full, but here’s what you’ll miss . . .
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Why Twitter Needs A Spam Filter

Twitter is doing a lot to combat spam. The dedicated @spam and @safety teams work their little cotton socks off identifying and removing suspicious-looking tweets and accounts, and there are many ways that users can help out, either by reporting spam directly to Twitter, or using a third party app.

However, it’s not enough. It seems like you can’t comment on anything that’s popular and in the mainstream on Twitter – iPads, iPhones, Starbucks, BMW and KFC Double Down sandwiches (just me?) – without getting a loosely-related, keyword-alerted tweet from a spambot a few moments later. And while it’s certainly true that users can and should be playing their part in battling this menace, it simply isn’t viable that we have to rely on Twitter to then manually take care of everything for us.

No, what we desperately need are email-like spam filters on Twitter. And we need them now.

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Twitter Beefs Up User Safety, Makes Secure HTTP The Default For Twitter.com

Last March Twitter implemented new functionality that allowed users to increase their security by allowing them to browse Twitter.com via a HTTPS (HTTP Secure) server.

HTTPS provides encrypted communication and secure identification on a web server, and is most commonly used for financial transactions. HTTPS for Twitter (and also Facebook, which activated HTTP Secure browsing in January 2011) offers greater protection when accessing the network over unsecured WiFI connections.

Now, in an effort to further improve user safety, Twitter has made HTTPS the default setting for all profiles.

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