The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 5/14 include: an FBI briefing of banks on DDoS attacks shares classified intelligence, an epic social media meltdown, an underground escape for a Bahrain blogger, social media anxieties and creeper behavior, an international securities fraud ring that used hackers to falsely inflate stock prices, media falls for another Facebook hoax, bail denied for ex-Paul Ryan intern, latest Internet Crime Report is out, another teacher-student sexting scandal, Facebook bans ‘Social Roulette’ app, and a violent video games defense in a murder trial.
Read below for these stories and more.
Operation Ababil distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks continue to disrupt banks, prompting the FBI to issue expedited one-day clearances to bank security personnel and execs for a briefing to include classified intelligence.
Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
Ahhhh…gotta love it when the dramas involve CAPSLOCK.
“A leading voice among protesters during anti-government demonstrations in 2011, Ali Abdulemam hid to escape a government crackdown and was smuggled out by fishermen. A military court tried and sentenced him in absentia to 15 years in prison.”
Bahrain blogger escapes to Britain
We’re all a bunch of inadequate, insecure, bumbling fools on social media. Or something.
Oh, and about those inadequacies…
Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
Prison time for “central organizer of a worldwide conspiracy to manipulate stock prices through a botnet network of virus-controlled computers.”
Pro-tip for news outlets: Fact check those Facebook and Twitter posts before reporting them as “news.”
Law and Order.
No bail for Ellis the Elephant! On a related note, at least there’s a judge that actually understands what ‘the cloud’ is. I’ve come across too many in these cyberstalking cases that don’t understand Twitter or even the internet at all.
Ex-Paul Ryan intern denied bail in cyberstalking case; judge cites ‘weaponized’ photos
More than a half-billion dollars in losses in 2012 due to cybercrime – up 8.3% from the previous year.
These teacher-student sexting fiascos are happening almost daily now: 38 year old “allegedly tried to get the girl to meet him for sex.”
I don’t know – some people might be better off deleting their account. Perhaps they should have left the app and done social media society a favor.
Facebook Bans ‘Social Roulette’ App
“the defense plans to call an expert witness to testify on the effects of violent video games”