Cyber Beat Daily: AP Twitter Hack Plunges Stock Market + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 4/23 include a social media hacking that plunged the stock market, more #FreeJahar truthers, a young Republican’s alleged sextortion scandal, more on swatting, hackers exploiting social media, another high profile LulzSec hacker arrest, social media editor Matthew Keys pleads ‘not guilty’ in hacking case, the Prenda copyright trolls circus continues, and excerpts from Steam Greenlight game submissions. 

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

That war thing they mention in this article? Yeah, kinda almost happened already. It’s a real issue.

The AP Twitter hack hoax exposes the need for ‘slow news’

More on the incident…

Hacked AP Twitter feed reporting fake White House attack rocks markets

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

The truthers persist.

Conspiracy theorists use social media to offer ‘proof’ that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not behind the Boston Marathon bombings

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

Sextortion is really bad, yo.

Former Romney campaign intern busted in nude-pics blackmail scheme

The media seem to be catching on, a little.

Meet ‘swatting,’ the dangerous prank that could get someone killed

Online security firm FireEye warns “hackers are using new techniques, such as exploiting social media, to escape detection.”  But sometimes deciphering how much is hyperbole versus a real threat is a challenge in itself.

Global Malware Hackers Use Social Media to Escape Cyber Sleuths

It’s like deja vu all over again.

Australian police arrest alleged leader of LulzSec hacking group

Law and Order.

Matthew Keys pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he conspired with the hacking group Anonymous to deface the Los Angeles Times’ website.

Social Media Editor Enters Plea in Hacking Case

The Prenda circus – it just never ends.

Copyright troll Prenda loses SF case, must show “Salt Marsh” signature


Steam Greenlight is a crowdsourcing approval system to rate up games the community wants to see made available via Steam.  Its Twitter account posts some of the funniest excerpts from submissions.

The Goofy Underbelly Of Steam Greenlight