The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 4/5: Justin Timberlake SWATted, family pleads for jailed Saudi blogger, member of Anonymous arrested in Australia, hacker ‘Weev’ is tweeting from prison, telephone hack that could cripple your 911 service, new Wikileaks cable reveals US embassy strategy to destabilize Chavez government, a new approach to foiling hackers, a NJ man pleads guilty to stalking and online harassment charges, Google accidentally reveals it’s fighting back against government snooping, Maryland moves to ban cyberbullying, Microsoft employee’s Xbox tweet causes a stir, and can video games be political?
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“As we reported, it appears the hackers who obtained financial information from a number of celebrities, including Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian, are behind the latest swatting incidents.” When will the DoJ do something about this trend?
UPDATE: Another one just happened within 2 hours of Justin Timberlake’s SWATting.
Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
Blogger is “accused of, among other things, breaking Sharia law and starting a website that infringed on religious values,” after trying to “encourage discussion about religion in his homeland.”
Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
Scheduled to appear in children’s court on May 17, 2013.
Well, that’s (not) comforting.
Expected that Chavez’s re-election would make the “atmosphere for our work in Venezuela” more complicated.
Socially engineering the hackers?
An update on a previously reported NJ stalking/harassment case…
Law and Order.
It’s hard to tell anymore who’s doing the snooping.
Even the best intended efforts can have unintended consequences.
An oops comment from a Microsoft employee starts a firestorm…
…and an apology wasn’t far behind.
Better question – should they be?
Can video games be political?