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Associated Press Twitter hack spreads fake White House bomb story, pushes down Dow Jones

With just under two million followers, AP's Twitter account has a wide reach, and is influential.

Influential enough, it seems, that a false rumour from the AP feed can have a visible affect on the stock market.

Twitter plays cat-and-mouse with hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army

Twitter plays cat-and-mouse with hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army

Twitter's security team appears to be playing whack-a-mole with a group of hackers who have made a name for themselves hijacking the accounts of high profile media organisations.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Goodbye to spam, er, @spam, on Twitter...

Twitter and its users have perennial problems with spam, as a quick search of Naked Security will reveal.

So you might be surprised that the micro-blogging site's own Twitter identity for reporting spam, the easily-remembered account "@spam", has been killed off.

Syrian Electronic Army hacks NPR, vandalizes headlines

Syrian Electronic Army hacks NPR, vandalizes headlines

The Syrian Electronic Army appears to have hacked into accounts belonging to the NPR media network, and defaced news stories.

Uncool hacker blamed for unrevealing swimsuit photos of singer Victoria Justice

Hacker blamed for stolen swimsuit photos of singer Victoria Justice

American singer Victoria Justice is not happy that someone (she blames a hacker) has leaked swimsuit photos of her onto the internet.

And she's quite right to be upset - both with the hacker, and the website that published them.

63 alleged NYC gangsters busted, thanks to their own Facebook blabbing

63 alleged NYC gangsters busted, thanks to their own social media blabbing

The alleged members of three rival drug and gun gangs apparently spoon-fed New York police, serving up allusions to their alleged crimes in slangy, atrociously spelled postings to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Monday review - the hot 13 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days with this handy weekly roundup

17-year-old arrested for hacking into phones, stealing and distributing explicit images of children

17-year-old arrested for hacking into phones, stealing and distributing explicit images of children

A US teenager is charged with distributing child pornography after allegedly hacking minors' cellphones through an SMS ad that installed malware, giving him access to the phones' content.

BBC Weather's Twitter account is hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

BBC Weather's Twitter account is hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The official Twitter account used by the BBC's weather team has been hijacked by Syrian hackers.

Fortunately, they don't seem to be using it to spread malicious links - but are instead trying to spread political messages about Syria instead.

Fake Pope on Twitter dupes thousands of followers, says he's loved more than Santa Claus

Fake Pope on Twitter dupes thousands of followers, says he's loved more than Santa Claus

Many people are following a Twitter account which claims to belong to the new Pope.

And, as we all know, cybercriminals love to take advantage of a hot news story to spread attacks and dupe people into clicking on links without thinking.

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's national oil company, has had its Twitter hacked

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's national oil company, has had its Twitter hacked

Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia, has had its official Twitter account compromised by hackers.

The hackers have changed the firm's avatar and are tweeting out a series of messages.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Catch up with anything you might have missed last week – it’s weekly roundup time.

SSCC 103 - Mandiant report, iOS coders owned, Twitter accounts hacked, and more...

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Have your joined thousands of others, and become a loyal listener to the "Chet Chat" yet?

Here's the latest Naked Security podcast, Sophos Security Chet Chat 103, discussing a range of recent and newsworthy topics from the world of computer security.

Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest users warned after Zendesk support site hack

Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest users warned after Zendesk support site hack

Hackers have broken into Zendesk's systems, and accessed the email addresses of Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest customers who had attempted to get support.

Donald Trump has his Twitter hacked by "lowlives"

Donald Trump has his Twitter hacked by "lowlives"

An impossibly coiffed real estate mogul's Twitter account starts posting hip-hop lyrics.

Do *you* take enough care of your social media accounts?

Apple patches the Java hole its own developers fell into - eventually

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Shortly after admitting that its own techies got infected thanks to a Java hole, Apple has pushed out a Java update for the rest of us.

Apple, with this most recent update, seems to have washed its hands permanently of browser-based Java. Paul Ducklin explains...

Jeremy Clarkson falls foul of bodyfat spammers on Twitter, vows to kill hackers

Jeremy Clarkson falls foul of bodyfat spammers on Twitter, vows to kill hackers

The controversial presenter of BBC's "Top Gear" programme, has had his Twitter account compromised by spammers... and he wants his revenge.

Was Alicia Keys hacked, or is she cheating on BlackBerry with iPhone this Valentine’s Day?

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Newly appointed BlackBerry Global Creative Director and musician, Alicia Keys, claims her Twitter account was hacked after a tweet was sent from an iPhone. NOT a BlackBerry.