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Cyber Beat: Daily Roundup of Social Media and Tech Stories 3/18

Today's top stories in social media, technology and gaming:

The SWATting and denial of service attacks on technology journalists, charges are filed against girls who made social media threats in the Steubenville rape case, more on the investigation into a former Reuters web producer charged with conspiring with Anonymous hackers, the infamous hacker/troll "Weev" is sentenced to prison time, a top video game industry exec resigns, a bug in a well-known gaming platform allows attackers to hijack player PCs, a first-ever cyberattack on a US election, the Pope's American tweeters, and a veteran's heartwarming  gesture to a soldier's girlfriend goes viral on Facebook.

Read the full round-up of stories below and feel free to comment on any or all of them.


Social Media Trends and Faux Pas.

The social media threats stemming from the Steubenville case haven't stopped, despite its recent verdict.

2 charged with threatening girl using social media in Ohio rape case

A heartwarming pay-it-forward story goes viral on Facebook.

Veteran's anonymous gift to soldier's girlfriend goes viral

The Pope gets some help from a pair of American undergraduate interns from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

What It's Like to Be Pope Francis' Social Media Intern

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

The story of the week continues to get more interesting.

Anonymous Investigators Probe Reuters Reporter, Sabu

When reporters become the story:

Ars Technica speaks to the journalist who was a victim of the latest SWATting.

Security reporter tells Ars about hacked 911 call that sent SWAT team to his house (Updated)

Ars Technica becomes a target, too...  two stories:

Details on the denial of service attack that targeted Ars Technica

Same hacker may have targeted Ars, reporter Krebs, and Wired‘s Honan


Social media posts are being blamed for a fight that broke out amongst seven students in a Maryland high school and ended in two arrests.

Police: Social Media Posts Led To School Fight

When news outlets get punked...

Times 'duped' into printing hoax Qatar Dream Football League story

I'd say this is quite concerning...

First-ever cyberattack on US election points to broad vulnerabilities

Law and Order.

The infamous 'Weev' gets jail time.

Andrew Auernheimer AKA “The AT&T Hacker” Sentenced To 41 Months In Prison, 3 Years Probation And Restitution Of $73K

TechDirt picks up on some of our favorite law bloggers in another first amendment showdown of Streisand effect proportion.

The Internet Is For Baseless Legal Threats: Popehat, Greenfield And Volokh Triple-Streisand Edition!


Time to jumpstart the conversation: A list of open issues to consider on copyright reform is proposed to the IP subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

More Details On Copyright Register Maria Pallante's Call For Comprehensive, 'Forward-Thinking, But Flexible' Copyright Reform


It's been a rough couple of months for Electronic Arts.

CEO Of Electronic Arts, World's Third-Largest Gaming Company, Resigns

Bug in EA’s Origin game platform allows attackers to hijack player PCs

Good news for gamers.

An hour a day of gaming may boost cognitive skills

A milestone for a video game industry lobbying group - that hasn't always had the gamers' best interests at heart.

Gaming lobby Video Game Voters Network surpasses 500K members


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