Cyber Beat Daily: Ex-Hacker Adrian Lamo Testifies in Bradley Manning Trial + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 6/4: ex-hacker Adrian Lamo, who turned in Bradley Manning, testifies at trial; social media’s influence on vandalizing of the nation’s parks; the challenges of teens/tweens and social media; hackers targeting governments, nuclear facilities and industries; Jill Kelley sues government over breach of privacy in Petraeus scandal; injecting social politics into video games.

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

The man who turned in Bradley Manning for the largest leak of classified info in US history takes the stand as a witness.

Ex-Hacker Adrian Lamo Testifies on Day Two of Bradley Manning Trial

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

First Joshua Tree. Now this. “‘With social media people take pictures of what they’ve done or what they’ve seen. It’s much more instantaneous.’ And that instant gratification could stimulate the impulse to deface.”

Vandals Put Marks on Nation’s Parks and Show Them Off Online

Users of social media are starting at an earlier age…

U.S. tweens active, unmonitored on social media: survey


…which can be problematic as they get into their teens.

Reform to save sexting teens from themselves

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

“The announcement of the discovery of another hacker espionage group comes just days ahead of a high profile meeting between President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping, where cyber security will be the main topic.”

New Chinese hacker group targets governments and nuclear facilities

“‘NetTraveler” stole data on space exploration, nanotechnology, energy, and more.”

Espionage malware infects raft of governments, industries around the world

Law and Order.

Weird story keeps getting weirder: “Ours is a story of how the simple act of quietly appealing to legal authorities for advice on how to stop anonymous, harassing e-mails can result in a victim being re-victimized.”

Woman at center of Petraeus scandal, Jill Kelley sues government over breach of privacy


Gamers usually sense when you’re trying too hard:  “Computer and video games inspired by social issues and real-life events — like drone strikes, child labor in Uzbekistan and child abuse by clergy — are a growing segment of the industry, but whether there is a long-term commercial demand for them is yet to be seen.”

Injecting the Real World Into Games


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