Cybersecurity officials watched with growing alarm in September as Russian state hackers started prowling around dozens of American state and local government computer systems just two months before the election.
The act itself did not worry them so much — officials anticipated that the Russians who interfered in the 2016 election would be back — but the actor did. The group, known to researchers as “Dragonfly” or “Energetic Bear” for its hackings of the energy sector, was not involved in 2016 election hacking. But it has in the past five years breached the power grid, water treatment facilities and even nuclear power plants, including one in Kansas.
It also hacked into Wi-Fi systems at San Francisco International Airport and at least two other West Coast airports in March in an apparent bid to find one unidentified traveler, a demonstration of the hackers’ power and resolve.
A Dutch security researcher claims that he managed to log in to the Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump by guessing his password which was “maga2020!,” a claim that the White House has denied and Twitter has doubted, stating it has proactively secured the high-profile, election-related accounts.
The researcher, Victor Gevers, claims to have had access to Trump’s personal messages, could post tweets in his name, and even make changes to his profile, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reported.
After trying multiple password combinations Gevers managed to guess ‘maga2020!’ which he claims got him into the account.
Gevers claims that Trump’s account did not use a two-step verification process, where a user has to enter a second randomly generated code sent to his phone, something Twitter
“This afternoon the Fort Bragg Twitter account was hacked and a string of inappropriate tweets were posted to the account,” one of the Army units housed at Fort Bragg tweeted. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is one of the Army’s largest bases, housing more than 50,000 military personnel.
“When made aware, the Fort Bragg social media team deleted the tweets & temporarily moved the account offline,” the tweet continued. “The matter is under investigation.”
The now-removed replies were responses to a lewd message and naked picture posted by another Twitter account featuring pornographic content.
CNN has reached out to Twitter for comment about the alleged hack.
The incident would mark the most recent high-profile hack on the site. According to an investigative report last week by New York regulators, the hackers who took over several high-profile Twitter accounts in July — including those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Apple —
A video of President Trump addressing an October 19 campaign rally and saying, “nobody gets hacked” has gone viral, as reported by Kate O’Flaherty. This is not surprising, given the actual video clip goes on to claim that hackers have an IQ of 197 and need “about 15% of your password” to succeed.
It seems that this particular line of thought was sparked by C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully admitting to lying about his own Twitter account being hacked.
The ridiculousness of the comments aside, the Trump video clip immediately reminded me of a story I reported earlier this year: Can You Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?
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President Donald Trump has sparked outrage across the security industry after saying “nobody gets hacked.”
Trump made the comments on October 19 during a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona when referring to Steve Scully, the C-SPAN political editor who admitted he had falsely claimed his Twitter account was hacked.
In the video clip shared across Twitter, President Trump said: “Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked, you need somebody with 197 IQ and he needs about 15% of your password.”
The hacking spree raised a torrent of anger and frustration from users on social media
The company has more than 13 million customer accounts
Customers were outraged that Robinhood has no customer service phone numbers
Robinhood, a no-fee online trading app popular with young retail investors, discovered in an internal probe that nearly 2,000 of its customer accounts were recently hacked and their funds stolen.
Bloomberg reported that the latest development indicated that the hacking was more widespread than previously thought.
The online brokerage earlier claimed that only a “a limited number” of customers were targeted by hackers who –they claimed — broke into personal email accounts outside of Robinhood.
The hacking spree raised a torrent of anger and frustration from users on social media who complained, among other things, that Robinhood has no customer service phone number to call. The company has more than 13 million customer
Twitter said late Thursday it was changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story that prompted cries of censorship from the right.
The social media company will no longer remove hacked material unless it’s directly shared by hackers or those working with them, the company’s head of legal, policy, trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, said in a Twitter thread.
And instead of blocking links from being shared, tweets will be labeled to provide context, Gadde said. “We want to address the concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter’s purpose of serving the public conversation,” she said.
Twitter and Facebook had moved quickly this week to limit the spread of the story published by the conservative-leaning New York Post, which cited unverified emails from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s