250,000 User Accounts May Have Been Affected By A Twitter Hacking Attempt

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Twitter has recently announced a sophisticated hacking attempt on its server which may have compromised the accounts of about 250,000 users.

According to Twitter, the hacker was able to get usernames, email addresses, security session tokens as well as encrypted passwords of some 250,000 users. It suggested everyone to make sure that they are using strong passwords and change their password if necessary. Continue reading

Find A Bug, Earn €10,000 on Mega

Kim Dotcom became an Internet idol after he was captured in James Bond style soon after taking down his popular file-sharing website, MegaUpload. He is out of custody as of now and has recently launched a new super-secure private file-sharing website, Mega, under New Zealand domain, mega.co.nz. And now he has launched a bug finding reward program for everyone around the world.

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Hacker Group Chooses the Biggest Target so far, Facebook

It’s Anonymous again, and this time, it says it’s next target is Facebook, the largest social network on the planet.

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Hacker group Anonymous has become famous over past months by successful hacking, data theft and website take-downs on many websites including PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, etc. It also successfully took down the entire Play Station Network and hacked into many law enforcement websites including the CIA and police. But this is the first time the hacker group is targeting any mainstream social networking platform.

According to its self theory, the group Anonymous performs ‘ethical hacking’ for the sake of humanity. For example, last time it took down a Syrian website in its message to remove the Syrian president that they say the Syrian people don’t want.

Anonymous said in a video statement (only voice is heard after a fancy animation to Anonymous’ logo), Facebook is selling all personal data despite any privacy settings users apply. Anything a user does on Facebook remains on Facebook forever. Even if the uploader deletes certain information, it’s stored on Facebook. That said, Facebook is the biggest threat to privacy of general people, and that’s why the group is going to “kill” Facebook on November 5, 2011.

However, Anonymous said in its Twitter stream that some of its activists are arranging the attack but the group as a whole does not claim responsibility of the operation announced.

Despite general people’s carelessness about what Facebook does with their very private information, the alleged information told by the narrator in the video concerned is true. We have heard many famous security experts to say that Facebook is a continuous threat to user privacy. Although the social giant said that the current privacy settings is very tight, many think that it doesn’t really work that way. And everything remains on Facebook even after you delete them is an ‘unverified information’ the internet has seen long ago.

Since it’s Anonymous, the most famous hacker group of the present, Facebook seems to be a little worried as it didn’t comment on the matter.

Watch the video statement here:

Here’s a transcription of the video as seen on ZDNet.

Operation Facebook
DATE: November 5, 2011.
TARGET: https://facebook.com
Press: Twitter : https://twitter.com/OP_Facebook
http://piratepad.net/YCPcpwrl09
Irc.Anonops.Li #


OpFaceBook Message:


Attention citizens of the world,


We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows: Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.


Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.


Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your “privacy” settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you “delete” your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more “private” is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.


http://www.physorg.com/news170614271.html
http://itgrunts.com/2010/10/07/facebook-steals-numbers-and-data-from-your-iphone/


You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.


The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them “for their own good” while they then make millions off of you. When a service is “free,” it really means they’re making money off of you and your information.


Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.


This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.


We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

What do you think of the reason of the Anonymous member’s attack? Do you agree with them because Facebook does sell your information without your consent?

Anonymous Hacks into US Police sites

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The famous group of hackers called Anonymous has claimed responsibility for hacking and stealing some sensitive data from about 70 websites of law enforcement across the United States. They claimed that most of these websites were of rural law enforcement units.

Like most of the time, the group posted cached version of data they stole from different websites that included emails, credit card numbers and other information. According to news blog The Huffington Post, “Anonymous said it had stolen 10 gigabytes worth of data in retaliation for arrests of its sympathizers in the U.S. and Britain.”

Police said that the data stolen by anonymous includes sensitive information such as pictures of ongoing investigation.

Facebook Says Everyone Should Expose Their Identity

It’s not Facebook’s official announcement, but when Facebook’s marketing director says so, we feel tempted to say it’s said by Facebook.

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Randi Zuckerberg’s photo from her Facebook album [facebook.com/randi].

Named Randi Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire’s sister and Marketing Director of Facebook argues that anonymity online has to go away in order to stop cyberbullying. She says people put anonymity as their identity to talk and behave like being behind closed door. People behave much better when they use their real name.

Marie Claire magazine hosted a panel discussion on social media this Tuesday evening where Randi Zuckerberg said her thoughts on cyberbullying.

However, user reaction to this thought has been widely negative. As seen on many news blogs including The Huffington Post, users arguing online anonymity is a necessity. Nicknamed “Dante,” a comment author on HuffPost wrote, “I have been accused of many things by very angry people who misconstrue my political views as crimes against their god, or the words of a scientist-­therefore-­heretic. I don’t feel safe in my own home, with my postal address, phone numbers and email addresses known to almost everyone, in real life.”

The blog also quoted GigaOm’s article by Matthew Ingram, “Many people believe that requiring real names will solve the problems of trolls and bad behavior, but they don’t — and that policy can have negative consequences in terms of suppressing dialogue about important topics.”

Do you think killing online anonymity will solve all the problems without creating any addition — and greater — problems?