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Cyber Beat Daily: Syrian Electronic Army Hijacks Another News Outlet + The Day's Top Tech Stories


The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 5/24: Syrian Electronic Army Hijacks Another News Outlet, the dark side of social media, FTC goes after company for lax security that let hundreds of thousands of credit-card numbers get stolen, are Iranian hackers targeting a nuclear agency?, alleged cyberstalker Adam Savader granted bond, Prenda patent-trolls update, BioWare accidentally bans over 100 players in ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic.’

Read below for these stories and more.

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Media-savvy pro-Assad hackers continue to hijack media outlets and tweet false news.

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks ITV News in Ongoing Attacks on Media Outlets

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

“The troubled girl left a suicide note apologizing to her family and recounting the torture she received at the hands of bullies at Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109.”

New York Tween Kills Herself After Cyberbullying; Called ‘Slut And A Whore’

The girl left her home to meet someone with whom she had corresponded on Facebook. When she didn’t come home, her friends immediately went to Facebook to find that person. His page was already deleted by 7 the next morning.

Social media’s role in Maine girl’s death makes friends, family wary

After girls at the school sent ‘inappropriate photos’ of themselves to members of the varsity baseball team, some of the boys, in turn, circulated those photos.

Evanston Township H.S. baseball team pulled from playoffs over ‘sexting’

“Indeed, some say the root of such public brawls has less to do with security and more to do with state of youth and the power of social media.”

Festival violence, fueled by social media, has some worried

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

“The FTC sued Wyndham last year for allegedly lax data security that let hundreds of thousands of credit-card numbers get stolen. The company said the government was unfairly seeking to punish the victim of the crime instead of the hackers who perpetrated it.”

FTC Fires Back In Cybersecurity Case

“A recent announcement by the Iranian hacker group Parastoo directed its sights on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in a Pre-Release Statement titled “Parastoo Attacks NNSA, Pre-Release”.”

Troll-Hackers? Is This Nuclear Agency Under Cyber Threat by Familiar Iranian Hacker Group?

Law and Order.

Adam Savader, former intern for Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich, entered a not guilty plea.

NY man granted bond today in Michigan cyberstalking case

‘When it’s time to collect, will the coffers at AF Holdings be empty?’

Prenda shell ordered to pay $9,425 in attorney’s fees


Uh, oops.

BioWare Apologizes for Accidentally Banning Over 100 Players in Star Wars: The Old Republic

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