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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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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When a hack briefly disabled blue check Twitter users, unverifieds threw a boisterous meme party

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After hackers posted bitcoin messages to the accounts of Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and others, Twitter went a little bananas last night. Unverified Twitter accounts had a glorious moment early Wednesday evening when verified accounts couldn’t tweet for a spell. It started when Twitter blocked access to blue check accounts shortly after a hack affected several high profile users, including politicians and celebrities, in what may have been a Bitcoin scam and data breach. The hackers posted messages from accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, and more, making claims about a BTC wallet. 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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Best VPN Services

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The pandemic has changed work permanently. Before COVID-19, only 9.8 million (out of 140 civilian workers in the U.S.) worked remotely. Today, almost 70 million people are working remotely. Are you working remotely? If you are, there’s a good chance that you’ll need a virtual private network (VPN). If you’re running a small business and your employees need to work remotely, you need a VPN as well. Today, we’re going to take a look at VPNs — what they are, why you need them, and how to find the VPN that’s right for you. What’s a VPN, and Why Do You Need One? A VPN is a private network that’s run through a public network — imagine that a remote worker sitting in Starbucks had an extra-long Ethernet cable. They plug one end into their computer, and the other end directly into their company’s servers at work. That’s basically what …

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How to Buy Twitter Followers (Real Ones!)

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Twitter hasn’t had the easiest time adjusting to the new social media landscape. Facebook and messaging apps have been crushing the social media platform on paper. But, Twitter isn’t a ghost town. It has over 330 million active monthly users! Participating on Twitter is a lot more fruitful than you think. It’s an audience that can’t be ignored. I regularly tweet and use my Twitter account to promote my blog posts and other content. I’m up to 378,000 followers. It’s an audience worth paying attention to, even if only a small percentage can see any given tweet. Of course, you have to build a following, and Twitter is a much different experience for those who don’t have followers. Buying followers is a common practice, but it doesn’t work the way you think. Third-party services often sell fake followers. These may look impressive, but they don’t work. You’ll also get banned …

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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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CCPA and customer outreach: What marketing experts need to know

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30-second summary: Consumer data is vital to marketers, and CCPA will change the way that data is collected, analyzed, and stored. Go beyond a privacy policy: Your organization should have a comprehensive privacy policy already in place (and publicly accessible), but under CCPA, you must alert users of their data privacy rights at the point at which you collect their personal information. Only collect the information you really need: With American consumers already highly wary of companies collecting their personal data, your organization should do everything possible to engender trust. If you need to gather personal data from users, you should do so, but don’t ask for information for which you don’t have an immediate, clear use. Have a plan for VCRs or personal data requests: Once CCPA goes into effect at the beginning of 2020, Californians will be able to submit requests to access or delete their personal data …

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How to Merge Twitter Accounts

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If you’ve ever juggled multiple Twitter accounts, you know how challenging it can be. Not only do you need to engage your followers by producing targeted, valuable content, you also need to keep your brand message consistent across all accounts. Sounds a little overwhelming, right? It can be, which is why it might be worth merging your Twitter accounts instead. By unifying your Twitter presence, you can strengthen your brand story and reach a wider pool of followers across two or more separate accounts. The problem? As of yet, there’s no official way to “merge” Twitter accounts. However, even if you can’t literally merge your existing accounts into one, you can still run them as a single unit from a marketing perspective. Below, I’ll show you when it might be worth “merging” Twitter accounts as a marketing strategy to the extent it’s possible, and I’ll talk you through specific circumstances …

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