Cyber Beat Daily: FBI Expedites One-Day Clearance to Brief Banks on Cyberattacks + The Day's Top Tech Stories

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.

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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.

FBI Briefs Bank Executives On DDoS Attack Campaign

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Ahhhh…gotta love it when the dramas involve CAPSLOCK.

How Not to Use Social Media: Restaurant’s Epic Facebook Meltdown

“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.

The Six Major Anxieties of Social Media

Oh, and about those inadequacies…

How not to be a ‘creeper’ on social media

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.”

FBI Press Release: Organizer of International Securities Fraud Ring Sentenced to Prison for Using Hackers to Falsely Inflate Stock Prices

Pro-tip for news outlets: Fact check those Facebook and Twitter posts before reporting them as “news.”

Shark in Wabash River report a hoax

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.

FBI: Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released the 2012 Internet Crime Report

These teacher-student sexting fiascos are happening almost daily now: 38 year old “allegedly tried to get the girl to meet him for sex.”

Former gymnastics coach accused of sexting student


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”

Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His Video Gaming Habits