Cyber Beat Daily: A Day of Hackings and a SWATting + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 4/4 include multiple stories of high profile hackings, a future hacking planned against Israel on Holocaust Memorial Day, pop-star Rihanna was SWATted, a huge NYC gang bust thanks to criminals bragging on social media, Prince yanks a video from Vine, a giant game of Pong will be played on a skyscraper, a look back at LucasArts gaming classics, and Senator Feinstein says Congress may ‘have to proceed’ with regulating violent video games.

Read below for these stories and more.

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It was a day of hackings and a SWATting.

Too many to choose from, so they are all highlighted in the “Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking” section.

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Bragging about your crimes on social media is always a bad idea.

Police credit social media in huge NYC gang bust


I can say that this is how I track all my weather.

Social Media a Key Tool in Relaying Severe Weather Information


Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

And today’s SWATting goes to…



It’s been a very busy day for Hacking:

The latest in hacker hi-jinx against North Korea…

Anonymous Hacks North Korea Social Media Accounts


…though many say some of Anonymous’ claims are “dubious…

Sorry, Anonymous probably didn’t hack North Korea’s intranet


…meanwhile, Anonymous attacks itself.

IndieGogo Suffers DDOS Thanks To Anonymous


In the wake of dozens of other such recent hacking claims against celebrities, Michelle Obama and Eric Holder, among others…

Secret Service probing claim new director’s information was hacked


And in a completely unrelated hacking, compromised users have been notified by Scribd.

World’s largest Digital documents library ‘Scribd’ Hacked


#OpIsrael continues: latest threat targets Israel on Holocaust Memorial Day.  Classy.

Anonymous threatens cyber attack on Israeli sites *

* While some of this looks like recycled threats from last year, it’s been partially updated for April 7th:  Press release from Anonymous

Law and Order.

A word of warning regarding the threats against Aaron Swartz prosecutors.

US Attorneys Reveal Online Bullying To Explain Why People Who Helped Them Prosecute Aaron Swartz Should Remain Anonymous


Despite the 6 second limit on Vine videos…

Here’s The Vine Video Prince Abused The DMCA To Take Down


Because who needs evidence to make up new laws.  Good luck with that, Senator, given that there is precedence for 1st amendment protection of video games.

Sen. Feinstein: Congress may ‘have to proceed’ with violent video game regulation


We’ll see if it’s as cool as Tetris was

World’s largest video game will be played on a U.S. skyscraper


Sure, it might be the end of an era, but it’s also the beginning of a new one.

Looking back at our favorite LucasArts gaming classics