Watch out for fake AP election results circulating on Twitter

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Several Twitter accounts purporting to be the Associated Press are pretending to call the election, taking advantage of high tensions around the presidential race. Several Twitter accounts posing as news outlet the Associated Press are posting false election results. One account, @APMyWrist, even attempted to falsify its blue verified check mark. After Fast Company alerted Twitter of the account, it was suspended. Read Full Story

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Here’s what we know about the attack on Twitter verified accounts so far

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Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey summed up the historic attack in concise Twitter fashion: “Tough day for us at Twitter.” Late last night, an historic attack hit Twitter , which saw dozens of high-profile verified accounts being taken over. The compromised accounts included those of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Uber, and Apple—among many, many others. Read Full Story

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Twitter contractors reportedly used internal tools to spy on celebrities, including Beyoncé

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Twitter contractors reportedly spied on accounts of politicians, brands, and even former lovers. Former Twitter security employees have alleged that some of the company’s contractors have used tricks to spy on some of the social media giant’s biggest users, including Beyoncé. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg, which spoke with four former Twitter security employees. The allegations come just weeks after Twitter suffered a major security breach that saw dozens of high-profile accounts taken over by scammers. Read Full Story

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Bitcoin scammers seize Twitter accounts from Bezos, Biden, Obama, and others in sprawling attack

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A wide range of high-profile Twitter accounts were apparently hacked, sending out scam messages urging readers to send bitcoin. A far-reaching apparent hack on Twitter today affected a Who’s Who of the platform’s most popular users, leading to scam tweets being posted by accounts ranging from tech titans like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to celebrities like Kanye West. Even corporate accounts from Apple and Uber were targeted and temporarily taken over. Read Full Story

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Twitter reveals scammers breached user accounts via phone spear-phishing attack

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“Not all of the employees that were initially targeted had permissions to use account management tools, but the attackers used their credentials to access our internal systems and gain information about our processes.” Earlier this month, Twitter was hit with a major security breach that allowed scammers to access some of the platform’s most high-profile accounts. Those accounts included Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Jeff Bezos, and over a hundred others. Since the attack, Twitter has remained relatively quiet about just how it occurred and what data was accessed. Until now, that is. Read Full Story

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