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Cyber Beat Daily: Snowden's NSA Trove Ready to be Unlocked if Anything Happens to Him + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day's top stories in social media and technology for 6/25: Snowden's Encrypted NSA Trove Ready to be Unlocked if Anything Happens to Him; Weiner scandal lingers; catching criminals on social media, "Selfie" may make Oxford dictionary; bomb hoax emails trigger mass evacuation in Poland; behind food writer's 'butter coma' hoax; South Korea cyberattack alert; hacker exploits Facebook’s Graph Search; BitTorrent says it's not being used for piracy; Bus company owner threatens Redditor again; Piers Morgan not a fan of life-like gaming gun; political correctness vs. Penney Arcade.

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

"Snowden has shared encoded copies of all the documents he took so that they won’t disappear if he does, Glenn Greenwald tells Eli Lake."

Greenwald: Snowden’s Files Are Out There if ‘Anything Happens’ to Him

I also covered this at Legal Insurrection.


Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

2 years later, some are still dealing with the fallout of Weiner's scandal.
For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers

Bragging on social media - apparently not a good idea if you're a criminal.
Criminals Beware, Fraud Investigators Take To Social Media

It will be just as annoying in the dictionary.
Social media term "selfie" is possible Oxford English Dictionary word

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

"Hundreds of people have been evacuated from hospitals, courts, police stations and prosecutors' offices across Poland because of more than 20 apparently false bomb threats sent by email."
Poland bomb hoax: Hundreds evacuated after 20 false email threats

The story of an American food writer who "reportedly fell into a "butter coma" after eating 62,000 calories worth of biscuits at a Red Lobster" - was a hoax, by the writer himself. “I think people are extremely gullible. It’s kind of sad actually that that many people thought it was a real story."
World gobbles up 'butter coma' hoax

"The shutdown happened on the 63rd anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War."
South Korea issues cyberattack alert as sites shut down

"A hacker has exploited Facebook’s Graph Search to collect a database of thousands of phone numbers and Facebook users...Facebook issued him a cease and desist after the hacker continued to scrape data and argued with Facebook that the availability of the information invades users’ privacy."
Hacker Scrapes Thousands Of Public Phone Numbers Using Facebook Graph Search

Law and Order.

BitTorrent's VP of Marketing: "We don’t host infringing content. We don’t point to it. It’s literally impossible to “illegally download something on BitTorrent.” To pirate stuff, you need more than a protocol. You need search, a pirate content site, and a content manager. We offer none of those things. If you’re using BitTorrent for piracy, you’re doing it wrong."
BitTorrent Would Really Like Everyone To Stop Suggesting It’s Being Used For Piracy

It started with a hissy fit against a Redditor but this one's turning into a story that keeps on giving.
Bus co. owner threatens redditor yet again, records users’ IP addresses

More here:
Suburban Express Wants Round 3: Re-Files Against Customers



I'm shocked. Not.
Piers Morgan on "Delta 6," the life-like gaming gun: "I don't like it very much"

Political correctness and Penney Arcade don't mix.
Gone Home Developers Pull Out of PAX Prime over Penney Arcade Artist's Comments


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