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Cyber Beat Daily: Syrian Electronic Army Says it May Retaliate if US Strikes Syria + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 8/29: Syrian Electronic Army says it may retaliate if US strikes Syria; SEA demands VICE remove article claiming to have identified its alleged leader; school to have students' social media monitored; revealing study of online sex customers; Elon Musk Twitter parody; Reddit bans RT.com from r/news; recommended Twitter follows for Syria News; scary real life catfish plots; hijacking of a Syrian telecommunications provider website; don't send texts to NJ drivers; Prenda update; Microsoft sets the record straight on Xbox One DRM; Iran bans most female characters in League of Legends tournament.

Read below for these stories and more.

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Featured Story.
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The hackers might use “methods of causing harm” for the US economy if the US strikes Syria, but experts are skeptical as to their capabilities.
Syrian Electronic Army says it may retaliate if US strikes Syria

Meanwhile, SEA hacker Th3Pr0 didn't like that Vice writers published an article claiming to reveal his identity (he denies its him).
Syrian Electronic Army threatens Vice for identifying its alleged leader


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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Not surprisingly, the youngins ain't happy.
School district hires company to monitor students’ activity on social media

I wonder if those who "unwittingly participated in the social experiment" for researchers are still waiting on a response.
Houston, you have a problem — with online sex ads

@BoredElonMusk is pretty funny, and he's not so far off from the real @ElonMusk.
Bored Elon Musk Twitter Account Parodies Eccentric Technology CEO

The dangers of submitting too often...
Reddit's r/news bans RT.com (Russia Today)  for alleged spamming

A handy list.
12 Reliable Sources to Follow on Twitter for Syria News


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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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Modern online life is creepy and dangerous sometimes.
Man Accused of Stalking Woman in ‘Catfish’ Dating Hoax

A bizarre scheme lands an 18 year old from NJ facing possible jail time.
A fake Internet girlfriend, a catfish scam, and a $50,000 ransom

Good question...
Who's responsible for this alleged hack on a Syrian government site?

"The website of a Syrian telecommunications provider redirected to AT&T's website and then T-Mobile's on Wednesday, an apparent prank by a hacker who has been probing the country's Internet infrastructure for several days."
Hacker points Syrian telecom website to AT&T, T-Mobile

Are we getting warmer?
By night, a lone American hacker wages his own attack on the Syrian government.
Here’s how one hacker is waging war on the Syrian government


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Law and Order.
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If you're in NJ, that is.
Knowingly texting a driver could land you in court

The never-ending Prenda saga.
In three hour hearing, Prenda attacks its former lawyer

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Gamer-land.
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'Any potential future changes won't be retroactive for earlier games.'
Microsoft refutes conspiracies about Xbox One DRM bait-and-switch

Of course it does.
Iranian League of Legends Tournament Bans Female Characters

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