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Cyber Beat Daily: Obama advisers planted false info to try and unmask @NatSecWonk + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 10/23: Group of Obama advisers planted false information to try and unmask @NatSecWonk; University TA accidentally emails her nude photos to class; ‘Scandal’ fan blogger allegedly unmasked; distinguishing between social media and your social life; energy companies battle brute force attacks; Anonymous' #OpSyria continues; white hat hackers test stock market preparedness for cyberattacks; Twitter troll charged over threats to Mets; sex offender arrested after social media use; about gaming's biggest kickstarters; fake GTA 5 PC download contains viruses.

Read below for these stories and more.

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Featured Story.
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Group of Obama advisers planted false information to try and unmask @NatSecWonk

When trolls attack...
Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name

Apparently, a group within the Obama admin hatched a plan to try and trick him into revealing himself.
Stung by a Twitter renegade, group in Obama administration launched sting of its own

And then there's this.
Fired White House Tweeter Accused Official of Leaking Stuxnet


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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Awkward.
T.A. At University Of Iowa Emails Her Own Nude Photos To Class Instead Of Homework Assignment

ABC said, “We take these allegations very seriously. We are investigating the situation and will handle accordingly.”
Contentious ‘Scandal’ Fan Blogger Exposed as ABC Sales Director (Exclusive)

Step away from the keyboard once in awhile.
Your Social Life Is Not Your Social Media


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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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""The energy sector is a big part of the global economy and therefore has extremely high-stakes security risks compared to other industries,” stated Stephen Coty, director, security research with Alert Logic."
67% of Energy Companies Experienced Brute Force Attacks, Study Shows

On a related note...
Hacking from below: Subcontractors can leave big companies vulnerable

The US may not be at war with Syria, but parts of Anonymous still are.
#OpSyria explains the motivation behind a major new hack

'Quantum Dawn 2' exercise simulated a cyber attack to try and cripple the stock market and examine its readiness.
'White Hat' Hackers Expose Flaws of U.S. Stock Market


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Law and Order.
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Apparently another one who should probably spend less time on Twitter.  When Twitter trolls attack...the Mets.
West Haven Man Charged With Threatening The Mets

And one who's apparently not supposed to be on social media at all...
Prosecutor: Sex offender arrested after being caught using social media



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Gamer-land.
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Wired asks...
Over Budget, Behind Schedule: What’s Up With Gaming’s Biggest Kickstarters?

Pirates beware...
GTA 5 PC: Fake Download Installs 18GB Of Viruses On Would-Be-Pirates' Machines

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