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Twitter jumps to block XSS worm in Tweetdeck


A cross-site scripting flaw was disclosed this morning affecting the popular Twitter application Tweetdeck. It has now been fixed, but not before it wormed its way through thousands of browsers.

Google and Facebook join forces to take down fake tech support scammers

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Web giants Google and Facebook are striking back against tech support scammers who use the companies' ad networks to snag victims.

Twitter glitch makes it more difficult to report abuse, while "mute" is on its way


It's supposed to be fixed soon, but in the meantime, trolls' favorite targets are once again suffering the typical onslaught. On the plus side, Twitter on Monday also said it would be offering a "mute" function - the same thing it tried to do in December, but this time around, it seems to be doing it right.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week


It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Google reports new shenanigans in ongoing Turkish internet blockade


Turkey recently blocked Twitter and YouTube, as well as Google's free Public DNS servers that many people used to get around the blockade.

Now Google reports another layer of "active intervention" by Turkish ISPs...

Turkey bans Twitter, citizens tweet more

Turkey flag. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Last Friday the Turkish government slapped a ban on Twitter, saying that it had failed to comply with court orders imposed after some of its citizens used the social networking site to share allegations of corruption amongst high-level officials. But that doesn't seem to have stopped Turkish tweeters.

Stalking victim's petition to LinkedIn for blocking feature is finally heard

Stalking victim's petition to LinkedIn for blocking feature is finally heard

After being stalked by a former colleague via the career-oriented social network, a young woman started an online petition to get LinkedIn's attention, who have finally responded with a new blocking feature. But is it enough?

Jail time for Twitter abusers who spewed out rape and death threats


A man and a woman have been handed custodial sentences for abusing high-profile feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and MP Stella Creasy on Twitter.

SEA hijacks Microsoft Twitter accounts, Xbox support blog and Technet


The Syrian Electronic Army explains that its weekend pouncing was motivated by Microsoft's alleged monitoring of email accounts and selling of data for the US and other governments. The group promises to publish proof.

SSCC 129 - Hypervisors, apologies, backdoors and Twitter hacks [PODCAST]


Chet and Duck look at the security stories that made the headlines over New Year 2013/2014 - from the OpenSSL "hypervisor hack" that wasn't, to the Skype Twitter breach that shouldn't have happened - and explain how we can learn from these mistakes to have a safer and more secure 2014.

Skype's Twitter account compromised by Syrian Electronic Army

Microsoft's reading Skype messages

Microsoft's Skype brand had its Twitter, Facebook and WordPress accounts hacked by a someone claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army. The real question is, where was the two-factor?

How Twitter tracks the websites you visit, and how to stop it


Last Thursday Twitter introduced promoted tweets (ads) targeted according to the websites you've visited. It seemed like a good time to explain how Twitter is doing it, how they've used a different technique to track the websites you visit for some time now, and how to turn it all off if you want to.

Computer Security Day, Forward secrecy, XP 0-day and YouTube spam - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


When is Computer Security Day? What can forward secrecy do for you? Can you believe there's an 0-day in XP?

Have some fun finding out the answers in this week's 60 Second Security!

SSCC 125 - Happy hour, forward secrecy, $300 extortions and LG unrepentant [PODCAST]


Chet and Duck dig into the good and bad of the week's news, from the amusing "Happy Hour Virus", through Twitter's implementation of forward secrecy, to LG's data-grabbing TVs and the company's unamusingly casual attitude...

Twitter joins the "forward secrecy" club for added resistance to surveillance


Twitter is the latest high-traffic social networking site to announce that it has added an extra layer of protection known as "forward secrecy" to its web servers.

And the company didn't say "surveillance" or "NSA" once in its statement.

Twitter troll arrested for allegedly threatening US baseball team, execs and even their home field

Twitter troll arrested for allegedly threatening US baseball team, execs and even their home field

The New York Mets fan reportedly is being held in connection with tweeted threats that include sneaking into the clubhouse and putting bombs in everyone's cleats. If this is the work of a fan, who needs enemies?

Facebook and Twitter musings give employers a peek into our real selves, research finds

Facebook and Twitter musings give employers a peek into our real selves, research finds

It seemed like common sense to employers, but research shows that yes, actually, bad-mouthing and posting about a wild partying life does work against potential job candidates.

Twitter introducing new direct message options - to combat spam or invite more?

Twitter screws up, sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter appears to be rolling out new options to allow the reception of direct messages from users you don't follow and new restrictions on what types of links can be sent through direct messages. Is this a safety feature or does is it too restrictive?

Twitter button problem causes "torrent download" confusion - here's what happened


A few Naked Security readers recently said, "When I read your articles, sometimes a torrent download window pops up. Is this dangerous? Should I be concerned?"

Fortunately, "No, and no." Paul Ducklin explains...