Hacked celebrities

Twitter says a “phone spear phishing” attack helped hackers – what’s that?

What’s a phone spear phishing attack? Twitter shares some more details related to its serious security breach earlier this month which saw celebrity accounts tweeting a cryptocurrency scam.

Over 1000 Twitter staff and contractors had access to internal tools that helped hackers hijack accounts

As Twitter and law enforcement agencies investigate the high profile attack against Twitter accounts, there is a clear lesson for other businesses to learn.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.

Smashing Security podcast #188: Dinner with Elon Musk and Kris Jenner

Who stopped Twitter’s hackers from stealing more money? Why are Covid-19 researchers being told to ramp up their cybersecurity? How can you find out if your smartphone is infected with stalkerware? And who does Graham think he is turning down a celebrity dinner invite?

Find out in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast, with special guest Lisa Forte.

Politician amongst those who had their direct messages accessed during Twitter hack

More information has emerged related to last week’s attack which saw a number of high profile Twitter accounts hijacked for the purposes of spreading a cryptocurrency scam, as it is revealed a far-right politician had his private messages accessed.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Coinbase stopped scammers from stealing an extra $280,000 during Twitter hack

Maybe Coinbase should send Twitter an invoice, because it certainly sounds like their quick thinking helped prevent last week’s hack from leaving a lot more Twitter users with empty wallets.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

The Twitter hack: Why Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and others might have reason to be worried

The real worry of the Twitter hack is not the cryptocurrency scam that was spammed out, but that attackers might have accessed private messages sent and received by the rich and powerful.

The Twitter mega-hack. What you need to know

Multiple Twitter accounts have been hacked as part of a Bitcoin scam, and it’s one of the biggest security disasters in Twitter’s history.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security.

Aussie surfer’s hacked Instagram sent sexually explicit images to her 40,000 followers

18-year-old Blaze Angel Roberts is a talented surfer with 40,000 Instagram followers.

Unfortunately, her popularity also seems to have drawn the unwanted attention of hackers, who successfully tricked her into clicking on a phishing link, and handing over the password to her email account.

Smashing Security podcast #178: Office pranks, meat dresses, and robocop dogs

Graham shares stories of email storms, Carole describes the steps being taken by firms as they try to coax employees back to the office, and special guest Lisa Forte details a hack that has impacted Lady Gaga and other celebrities.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

UFC champ Kamaru Usman says his Twitter account was hacked, after series of explicit tweets against Conor McGregor

UFC’s Kamaru Usman claims his Twitter account was hacked, after it posted explicit messages about rival fighter Conor McGregor and his partner Dee Devlin.

Smashing Security podcast #144: Google helps the FBI, Twitter Jack’s hijack, and car data woes

Should Google really be helping the FBI with a bank robbery? What’s the story behind the Twitter CEO claiming there’s a bomb in their offices? And how much does your car really know about you?

And we mourn the loss of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks…

Twitter disables tweeting via SMS (temporarily at least), in wake of Jack Dorsey account hijack

In the wake of the CEO of Twitter having his account hijacked the site has disabled the option to tweet via SMS.

About the Twitter CEO ‘@jack hack’

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had his account hijacked, after his mobile phone provider allowed someone else to seize his number.

Bella Thorne releases her own topless photos after hacker threats

Actress refuses to play into hacker’s hands, and publishes topless images of herself.

Radiohead refuses to pay $150,000 ransom for ‘hacked’ recordings, releases them instead

How do you stop a hacker from making a fortune out of the files they have stolen from you? Files that thousands of people are probably desperate to own?

Simple. You make the files readily available to anyone on the internet to access.

Michael Bublé’s Instagram suffers cock-up

Someone has posted some rather bizarre things on singer Michael Bublé’s Instagram account.