The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 4/10: Ryan Seacrest is the latest SWATting victim, social media safety tips from the woman whose photo was used as Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend, teens are changing their Facebook usage, people are rude on social media and it’s ruining friendships, Bitcoin crashes hard, Oliver Stone meets with Julian Assange, Anonymous is going after Canadian suicide victim’s rapists, South Korea says North Korean spy agency behind March cyberattack, police in LA struggle to keep up with SWATtings while stars grow weary, member of Osama bin Laden raid team will be a witness in WikiLeaks trial, a defense of the video game industry and its ability to self-regulate, Ubisoft takes its download service offline after breach.
Read below for these stories and more.
And the SWATting of the day…
The new development in the Wikileaks case is also an important story, don’t miss that one under “Law and Order.“
Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
In case you wake up one day and suddenly discover someone’s been using you as a fake girlfriend…
Teens are still using Facebook, but they’re using it differently than before. Maybe it’s because they’re spending all their time on Snapchat.
Sometimes the things you say on social media really do have real-life consequences.
Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
Of course he did.
This is shaping up to become another Steubenville. Justice is good, but vigilante justice is scary.
Officials in Seoul said “North Korea was responsible for a cyberattack that shut down tens of thousands of computers and servers at South Korean broadcasters and banks last month.”
At least the celebrity SWATtings are drawing media’s attention to the problem.
Law and Order.
This is a rather important development in the government’s case against Bradley Manning. “The government said the witness, presumably a Navy SEAL, collected digital evidence showing that an associate of bin Laden provided the Al Qaeda leader with documents Manning has acknowledged sending to the WikiLeaks website.”
While I think existing laws are sufficient, I don’t think adding fines will do a thing to deter SWATters, either. To start, the current 911 system is ill-equipped to even track most calls. More importantly, SWATters don’t care.
Another concern for blogger free speech in a country that enjoys very little of it.
Yet legislators still want to talk about legislating video games.
A followup to yesterday’s Cyber Beat post on the Ubisoft breach and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.