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The hacker collective known as Anonymous first declared war on Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) supporters back in the Summer of 2014 with [Operation NO2ISIS](http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasperhamill/2014/06/27/anonymous-hacktivists-prepare-for-strike-against-isis-supporters/) which promised to target the online infrastructure of those countries sponsoring Islamic State militants. This declaration followed the hacking of an Anonymous Twitter account, @TheAnonMessage, which was then used to post photos of a terrorist assault near Baghdad. At the time, an Anonymous spokesperson stated that "these savages who have no religion or morality are bent on burning everything in their path, killing and pillaging as they go. They must be stopped." Because Islamic …

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It's the festive season but would you really expect Lady Gaga to give you a free iPad 2? That was the exact message being broadcast from Lady Gaga's Twitter account earlier, promising each and every one of her 17 million followers an iPad 2 and all they had to do was click the link for details. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23296[/ATTACH]Of course, there was no iPad. The Lady Gaga Twitter account had been hacked and if you clicked on that link it would take you to a number of different sites via redirects and then dump you at a survey designed to scam you …

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It's an interesting question, and one that's being raised by Gartner which is predicting that [URL="http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1392716"]the number of wireless e-mail users will reach an incredible one billion[/URL], worldwide, by the end of 2014. A number that's not too hard to accept, given that earlier this year global business wireless e-mail accounts were being estimated in the region of 80 million, and that's equivalent to around 60 million individual users. [attach]15686[/attach]Monica Basso, research vice president at Gartner, points to how the productivity gains achieved with using wireless e-mail are driving adoption beyond the purely executive reach and reveals that "in 2010, …

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That's the surprising consensus reached at a meeting of 30 CSOs representing some of the UK's leading enterprises held in London during the past week. This despite a poll at the bi-annual [URL="http://www.csointerchange.org"]CSO Interchange[/URL] event revealing that those same CSOs view social networking as the most over-hyped threat. When it came to the round table discussions on the subject of social networking, however, the gathered CSOs expressed what has been called a "strong preference" for companies to consider banning them all. Well, almost all, as LinkedIn gets an exception as most of the CSOs considered that acceptable. Could that possibly …

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A New Zealand company is [URL="http://businessblogs.co.nz/2010/07/18/suspended-on-twitter-businesses-be-very-worried/"]reporting [/URL]that its Twitter account has been suspended due to “Updates consisting mainly of links, and not personal updates" -- which, if true, means that any other business that posts a lot of links could suffer the same fate. "I suspect the Reuters account [url]http://twitter.com/reuters[/url] will be suspended very soon as clearly 99% of their posts are links back to their site," noted the social media marketing company, Business Blogs, tongue-in-cheek, in describing the situation. "Of course its not just Reuters – all profiles controlled by news agencies should be suspended as well." The company …

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If you were asked to paint a verbal picture of the Internet in just five words, would they be porn, drugs, spam, Twitter and zombies? After analyzing an amazing two billion emails a day for three months, that's the image arrived at by one research outfit. [attach]15822[/attach]The latest [URL="http://www.commtouch.com/download/1753"]Internet Threat report from Commtouch[/URL], released today, contains little in the way of surprise: unless those five words have been off your security risk radar that is. Based upon the analysis of more than two billion email messages every day, and apparently that is the correct figure, as well as the GlobalView …

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The news that, following a number of pretty high-profile password compromise cases, Twitter is adopting a two-factor authentication for account access is to be welcomed. 2FA, as it is known, applies the better security concept of something you know combined with something you own into the access equation. The thing you know is your password, and the thing you own is your mobile phone. Here's how it works, once 2FA has been enabled and you try to log into Twitter from a 'new' device a code will be sent by SMS to the mobile phone which you have registered with …

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The latest VIPRE Report from [GFI Labs](http://www.gfi.com) suggests that 2013 started off as a bad year for social network-based cybercrime attacks. The report, which analysed the ten most prevalent threats detected during the month of January, identified phishing messages on both Twitter and Facebook as well as malicious spam messages disguised as event invites on LinkedIn. The report identified a substantial upturn in social networking-related phishing, with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn all being targeted with a variety of new creative attacks, a situation not helped by the announcement from Twitter that it had been hacked, resulting in over 250,000 user …

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[ATTACH=right]16373[/ATTACH]Lately there's been lots of buzz over how to keep the flood of online content coming and allow the people and companies that create it to eat, too. This led the Center for the Digital Future at USC's Annenberg School to rehash an old meme in its [URL="http://www.digitalcenter.org/pdf/2010_digital_future_final_release.pdf"]annual report[/URL] released on July 23rd - should Twitter become a pay service? The findings seem statistically impossible and sent film critic Roger Ebert flying into action. The USC report found [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299550.html"]"0.00 percent" were willing to pay for using Twitter[/URL]. But that didn't sit well with Ebert, so he did his own impromptu …

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Dana Tamir, Enterprise Security Director for [Trusteer](http://www.trusteer.com/) has recently uncovered a variation of the TorRAT banking data malware which has been actively configured to target Twitter users. The attack works by "injecting Javascript code into the victim’s Twitter account page" Tamir says, adding that the malware "collects the user’s authentication token, which enables it to make authorized calls to Twitter's APIs, and then posts new, malicious tweets on behalf of the victim". These tweets are used, of course, to spread the malware within the social networking circle by leveraging the trust that is implicit in such networks. Twitter users, generally …

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I blame [URL="http://twitter.com/scobleizer"]Robert Scoble aka scobleizer[/URL] for his 'First look at “revolutionary” social news iPad app: Flipboard' post which led to a flipping iPad app taking over Twitter for most of yesterday. Some 24 hours late, Flipboard has thankfully dropped off the trending top ten list at Twitter, although it's a fair bet some of your online friends will still be tweeting about it. So what's all the fuss about? [attach]15984[/attach]The fuss, my friend, comes courtesy of two simple but very powerful keywords: Twitter and iPad. Put these two together and you are almost in social media hysteria territory, and …

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Forget all that stuff your parents taught you about not talking to strangers. One lucky user brought Twitter to its 20 billionth tweet over the weekend, an award as prestigious as being swept away in the confetti and balloons of being the 10,000th grocery market shopper. The momentous tweet was made by user “GGGGGGo_Lets_Go”, a Japanese graphic designer on Saturday, July 31st. When translated, his post said, "So that means the barrage might come back later all at once." Riveting stuff. [ATTACH]16377[/ATTACH]Status updates of 140 characters known as “tweets” have broadcasted banalities worldwide since Twitter’s inception in 2006. The service, …

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With Twitter now more than 100 million accounts strong, and with 50 million Tweets per day, you might be excused for thinking there's no stopping the micro-blogging network. Until, that is, you start exploring the darkside of Twitter. But is Twitter evil? [attach]16201[/attach]You only have to look at the IT news headlines over the last year to realise that Twitter has something of a security problem. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299145.html"]Hacking the NASA Twitter Account[/URL], [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story290742.html"]Tory Twitter account hacked[/URL], [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/12/10/first-tweet-bombing-is-a-twitter-denial-of-service-attack-next/"]First Tweet Bombing, is a Twitter Denial of Service attack next?[/URL] and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story229498.html"]Twitter gets knickers in a twist over security scare[/URL] being just a small …

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IT Security experts Barracuda Labs recently researched the business of selling Twitter followers to those companies which cannot wait to build organic follower growth. Despite the purchasing of Twitter followers being an explicit breach of the Twitter terms and conditions of use, punishable by the deletion of the account concerned, the lure of instant followers seems to appeal to what you might call the 'lazy SEO' demographic. ![dweb-romneytwitter](/attachments/small/0/dweb-romneytwitter.jpg "align-right") Interestingly, the accounts used to sell fake followers are usually fake themselves. As was the case with the more than 70,000 such randomly sampled accounts analysed by researchers at Barracuda Labs. …

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LiveJournal users are up in arms over a modification to the service that they say allows users commenting to their online journals to also post those comments on Facebook or Twitter, even if the journal is set up to be restricted only to the owners' friends. In response to the uproar, LiveJournal [URL="http://news.livejournal.com/129190.html"]posted [/URL]to its blog "Update: Thank you for taking the time to offer your honest feedback. We understand and appreciate your desire for privacy. We share your concerns. Most of us would not want to publish our LiveJournal usernames or FO comments to Facebook or Twitter either (to …

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The United Nations Global Pulse, along with analytics software specialist SAS, has revealed how social media streams can be used as predictors of national unemployment line spikes. By analysing more than half a million blogs, forums and news sites, the researchers were able to determine how social media chatter more specifically the 'conversation sentiment' expressed by it, could warn of pending unemployment increases as well as help to inform government policymakers of the likely impact of those increases. ![dwebglobalpulse](/attachments/small/0/dwebglobalpulse.jpg "align-right") The data analysed came from more than two years worth of social media streams in both the USA and Ireland, …

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At least 55,000 Twitter accounts would appear to have been compromised in a breach perpetrated by members of the Anonymous hacking collective. Details of the accounts, including usernames and passwords, appeared across a total of no less than five pages at Pastebin yesterday. ![dweb-anontwit](/attachments/small/0/dweb-anontwit.jpg "align-right") However, appearances can often be deceptive, and that may well apply here when you take a more detailed look at the accounts in question. The lists of usernames are not all currently active accounts for a start, indeed the majority seem to be accounts that have previously been suspended by Twitter for spamming infractions at …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22416[/ATTACH]A group of social media experts meeting at Microsoft's London offices has warned that social media is more than just a numbers game and for marketing campaigns to succeed, business must understand how a blend of creativity and science drives it. The round robin event featuring social media experts from across the UK was held by hosting specialists UKFast at the London offices of Microsoft and debated how best to maximise the potency of social media campaigns. Charlie Osmond, CEO Fresh Networks, spends a lot of time looking at statistics for his clients that cover areas such as what proportion …

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Forget the Windows 7 launch, the real big news from Microsoft this week is that it has reached a deal with Twitter to include real-time tweet data in Bing searches. If that wasn't excitement enough for the Twitterati, just a few hours after Microsoft made its announcement Google joined in and announced that it too had reached an agreement with Twitter to do the same. If you still play buzzword bingo, then forget Web 2.0 or even Social Media if you want to score big points, the buzzword today has to be Real Time Web. And that is what has …

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What do you, dear reader, call a posting on Twitter? I'm guessing the chances are high that you call it a tweet, like pretty much everyone else I know. Apart from the editorial elite at the New York Times that is, which has just banned the word 'tweet' from being used in conjunction with anything other than birds making chirpy noises, on the grounds that it is a silly word amongst other things. According to [URL="http://www.theawl.com/2010/06/new-york-times-bans-the-word-tweet"]reports[/URL] the New York Times has sent a memo out to contributors asking them not to use the word tweet, in which a man with …

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Internet marketers using social networks beware - linking to stories on the Internet, much as news bloggers do here on Daniweb and elsewhere, may be about to become a high risk activity. The owner of website [URL="http://www.skyscrapercity.com"]skyscrapercity.com[/URL] is being sued by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for infringement over one of its articles. The arguments are detailed on a [URL="http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=133992"]Mediapost[/URL] site. This isn't the right forum to go through the legal arguments, which are on the link if you want them. The main thrust of the defendant's case is that the paper had offered an implied license to reproduce its material …

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Last month [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story297374.html"]DaniWeb reported how Justin Bieber beat Lady Gaga to become the King of YouTube[/URL] with the most viewed video ever. Gaga has proven harder to tackle on Twitter where the quirky pop star has just knocked Britney Spears off the top spot in terms of the most followers. But what can you learn from this battle of the celebrities and can you convert that knowledge into hits for your online business? [attach]16814[/attach][URL="http://www.famecount.com"]According to social media popularity chart compiler Famecount[/URL], as of today [URL="http://twitter.com/Ladygaga"]Lady Gaga can count some 5,720,931 followers on Twitter[/URL] which lifts her above [URL="http://twitter.com/BRITNEYSPEARS"]Britney Spears on …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17035[/ATTACH]While security professionals constantly fear the big bad hacker breaking into their enterprise and wreaking havoc, the biggest threat to security is sitting inside the company and drawing a paycheck. Cloud and e-mail security specialist [URL="http://www.proofpoint.com/"]Proofpoint[/url] notes in its seventh annual study of data loss prevention (DLP) issues that e-mail is the largest source of data compromise, making up 35 percent of all data loss issues. Employee misuse of work-issued mobile devices and popular social media services like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, video sharing sites, forums and blogs are also resulting in more data loss issues, and are forcing disciplinary actions, …

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The [URL="http://twitter.com/kevinrose/status/22303570291"]post on Twitter late last night[/URL] simply said "changes coming to digg v4" but it was enough to get me excited, mainly because the person posting those five words was none other than Digg founder and head honcho Kevin Rose. [attach]16949[/attach]The [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story306994.html"]launch of Digg version 4[/URL], which as we reported here on DaniWeb was less of a minor tweak and more of a major move towards tackling the growing popularity of Twitter and Facebook, only happened a couple of days ago. But 48 hours is a long time on the Internet, and angry Digg users have been very vocal …

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Justin Bieber is, so my 10 year old daughter informs me, a pop sensation. Actually, her exact words when I asked just who the heck this Bieber bloke who keeps topping the Twitter trending chart is were: Oh My God, Justin Bieber, he's gorgeous. A little more journalistic investigation turned up the fact that in reality he's a 16 year old Canadian who [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkKqihEUmH4"]doesn't know what the word German means[/URL]. Having listened to a couple of his songs, and I must confess that I'm more a Slipknot man myself so my opinion of Bieber is unlikely to be too high, …

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Is this the beginning of a backlash? It looks as though there's some research out there to suggest that the over-55s are starting to [URL="http://www.businessinsider.com/people-over-55-are-quitting-facebook-2009-5"]desert Facebook[/URL]. There could be a number of reasons for this. The best guesses I've seen mostly involve money. This time last year you might recall there was a slew of stories about people being banned from social networking at work because - wait for it - working time is for working, and if you want to do social stuff then the polite thing seems to be to do it on your own time. (Just say …

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[ATTACH=right]16127[/ATTACH]Would Twitter be nearly as popular if users had to pay for it? Not likely. In fact in a recent [URL="http://www.digitalcenter.org/"]survey conducted by the USC Annenberg School's Center for the Digital Future [/URL]found that nearly half of all Americans use Twitter and they wouldn't be willing to pay for it -- not even a single percent of users. "Such an extreme finding that produced a zero response underscores the difficulty of getting Internet users to pay for anything that they already receive for free," said Jeffrey I. Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC’s Annenberg School …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16390[/ATTACH][URL="http://fflick.com"]Fflick[/URL], a just-launched site that is the brainchild of former Digg employees Ron Gorodetzky, Marc Hemeon, Kurt Wilms, and Dav Zimak, hopes to harness the power of Twitter for good...or finding good movies, at any rate. Fflick allows the user to sign in with their Twitter account and find out what their friends are saying about movies. Data harvested from Twitter allows the site to track the current most popular movies and what's being said about them, showing information like a 99% approval rating for "Toy Story 3" as opposed to the rating for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a much less …

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On Thursday 2nd June 2009 it will be the 20th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre when an undisclosed number of student protesters were killed after tanks rolled into squash the protests. You might imagine, then, that in China services such as Twitter would be a-buzz with talk about the day. Well it probably would have been, had the Chinese authorities not closed it down on Tuesday. Various chatroom sources are saying that both Twitter and Hotmail have been blocked throughout the mainland of China since 5pm on Tuesday, China time. There have also been some reports of Windows Live …

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[ATTACH=right]16243[/ATTACH]Foursquare is so hung up on where we are now or where we've been... Never fear, [URL="http://plancast.com"]Plancast[/URL] is here to fill the void in the location-based future social networking space. Actually, it's much cooler than that, and it's beginning to pick up steam. As its name infers, Plancast is all about broadcasting your plans, just to friends or to the entire world. Think of it as a sweet combination between Twitter and an events calendar. It also has nifty mapping features, integrates well with Facebook and Twitter and comes as an app for iPhone or Android. To see one of …

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