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The Onion‘s Twitter Feed Hijacked by Pro-Syria Hackers (The Wrap / Media Alley)
The Onion, America’s finest fake news organization, was the latest victim of cyber hacking on Monday when the Syrian Electronic Army took over its Twitter account to tweet a slew of anti-Israel messages. NYT / Bits A member of the Syrian Electronic Army who goes by the hacker handle “Th3 Pr0″ told The New York Times that the group aimed at The Onion because of a recent Onion parody post, purportedly written by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, titled: “Hi, In The Past 2 Years, You Have Allowed Me To Kill 70,000 People.” “The Onion is a satire news organization and quite often is more trusted to reflect the news than the corporate media is known to,” Th3 Pr0 wrote in an email. The Onion Following Monday’s incident in which the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Onion‘s Twitter account, sources at America’s Finest News Source confirmed that its Twitter password has been changed to OnionMan77 in order to prevent any future cyber-attacks. “We have taken the necessary measures to ensure this kind of thing never happens again,” said Onion IT specialist Nick Abersold.
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The ugly side of Twitter reared its head on Tuesday night when Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jerome Williams was the recipient of a racist tweet from the handle jgraae007:
“@jgraae007: @pinkpuka57 way to lose the game u fucked up tooth Ni**er”
Instead of getting mad, Williams and his followers got even. They were able to look up his Facebook page and found out where he worked in Florida.
— Scott Brown (@Sec202RowD) June 13, 2012
“I went through so much stuff like that when I was growing up, it doesn’t bother me any more,” Williams told Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com before Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers. “It did kind of tick me off, but like I said, when I was younger I used to lash out, wanting to fight every time. Now, knowing what’s going on, I won’t lash out, just be the bigger man and walk away.”
An LA Times reporter I’ve never met is blocking me on Twitter. Between that and their paywall they must really not want anyone to read them.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 11, 2012
I was feeling special but apparently this person blocks everyone from competing outlets, which makes as much sense as a paywall in 2012.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 11, 2012
Hmm, let the guessing games begin.
If you aren’t following @LAScanner on Twitter, you’re missing out on one of the most informative (and at times scary) sources of local news on the Internet.
The mysterious person behind the account was recently interviewed by José Martinez of OnCentral:
The person behind the popular @LAScanner Twitter account won’t tell you much about himself, although a phone conversation confirms that he’s, indeed, a “himself.”
Here’s what we know: He was born and raised in Los Angeles and resides “in the 323.” In 1988, when he picked up a scanner for the first time, he was a teenager.
And that’s about it – because that’s all he’ll tell us. Read more
Fondu is an iPhone app that allows users to share bite-size restaurant reviews with their friends (sort of like Yelp meets Twitter).
In honor of the premiere of Conan O’Brien‘s new show on TBS tonight, artist Yiying Lu created a Conan O’Brien “Pale Whale.” Lu is the artist behind Twitter’s infamous “Fail Whale,” and also something of a Conan fan. The feeling appears to be mutual, as Conan is featuring desktop & mobile wallpapers of the art on his website.
The internet has long been a tool of sexual predators, with stories of web-enabled sex crimes becoming so familiar to the public that they are easily ignored. But the rare instance of a victim of (alleged) sexual assault going online to name names and tell her story has quickly exploded into controversy. This past Friday, Noirin Shirley, a technical writer at Google, wrote on her personal blog about being sexually assaulted at the ApacheCon tech conference in Atlanta:
He brought me in to the snug, and sat up on a stool. He grabbed me, pulled me in to him, and kissed me. I tried to push him off, and told him I wasn’t interested (I may have been less eloquent, but I don’t think I was less clear). He responded by jamming his hand into my underwear and fumbling.
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