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Twitter banned in Turkey

According to reports, the Turkish Prime Minister vowed in a speech to "eradicate Twitter."

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Twitter system error accidentally resets users' passwords

Twitter accidentally sent out password reset emails to thousands of users due to a system error.

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Twitter drops project to encrypt direct messages

Twitter has scrapped its plans to encrypt its users' direct messages in light of heavy government surveillance, a project previously reported on by the New York Times.

News Twitter says accounts were not compromised despite hacker's claims

Twitter says accounts were not compromised despite hacker's claims

Even after a hacker posted Twitter account information for thousands of users, officials with Twitter have confirmed that no accounts have been impacted.

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Syrian Electronic Army takes over FC Barcelona Twitter account

Futbol Club (FC) Barcelona is the latest high-profile entity to have its Twitter account hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Twitter contacts extorted user, restores coveted '@N' handle

Twitter returned a coveted username - @N - to Naoki Hiroshima on Tuesday, roughly one month after an attacker stole it through extortion.

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Turkish court rules to end ban on Twitter

On Wednesday, a court in Ankara, Turkey overturned the government's ban on Twitter, according to a report by The New York Times.

News Twitter launches forward secrecy, makes decryption nearly impossible

Twitter launches forward secrecy, makes decryption nearly impossible

Twitter announced on Friday that it has introduced forward secrecy, a type of encryption property that makes decrypting communications close to impossible.

News Attacker extorts coveted Twitter username in elaborate social engineering scheme

Attacker extorts coveted Twitter username in elaborate social engineering scheme

Naoki Hiroshima recently relinquished to an attacker a prized possession that he owned since 2007: a very rare Twitter username so coveted that not only have people tried to steal it, but one person offered $50,000 for it.

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Hack of Chipotle's Twitter account faked by company

Considering a number of high-profile companies have fallen victim to Twitter account hijacks, prompting the service to install additional protections, a bizarre string of tweets sent by Chipotle Mexican Grill's account on Sunday appeared to fit the pattern of a hack.

News Twitter begins rollout of two-factor authentication to limit account takeovers

Twitter begins rollout of two-factor authentication to limit account takeovers

Following a series of high-profile Twitter account hijacks, the microblogging service finally has delivered two-factor authentication.

News News briefs: CISPA passed by the house, Twitter breaches, and more

News briefs: CISPA passed by the house, Twitter breaches, and more

The latest security news, including breaches at Twitter and LivingSocial, and reports from Verizon and the Department of Defense.

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GoDaddy admits giving up info that led to Twitter username extortion

GoDaddy admitted that an employee was social engineered into giving up information that resulted in Naoki Hiroshima being extorted for his rare Twitter username.

News Two-factor authentication may have done little to stop the AP Twitter hijack

Two-factor authentication may have done little to stop the AP Twitter hijack

Ample criticism has been lobbed toward Twitter after Tuesday's false AP tweet that President Obama was injured in an apparent attack on the White House. But could the microblogging service have prevented this?

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Justin Bieber's Twitter account hacked

An unknown attacker accessed the pop singer's account for about 15 minutes mid-afternoon on Saturday and tweeted multiple times before Bieber's team regained control.

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Twitter plans to encrypt its direct messaging service

As a result of the growing NSA revelations, the social micro-blogging site is upping its defenses by planning to encrypt its direct messaging Service.

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Spammers seize "Breaking Bad" frenzy for Twitter campaign

As the final episodes of TV series "Breaking Bad" air, spammers are taking advantage of the social media frenzy surrounding the popular show.

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Twitter accounts spamming links to Android trojan Opfake

Symantec discovered that the links, which include tweets written in Russian, lead to sites hosting mobile malware.

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Twitter asks for additional transparency on gov't data requests

Following the new rules regarding transparency reports by Department of Justice, the social media giant believes further information should be shared, and may seek legal options to protect its First Amendment rights.

News Twitter accounts created to spread spam, malware are easy to create and sell

Twitter accounts created to spread spam, malware are easy to create and sell

A new academic research report provides a glimpse into the thriving and organized market for these accounts.

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