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Accounts emerge of heroism in New Zealand mosques; bodies to be released

Accounts emerge of heroism in New Zealand mosques; bodies to be releasedAustralian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges. Friday’s attack in the city of Christchurch, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand.



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Wells Fargo fixes outage issue that caused some paychecks not to appear in accounts

Wells Fargo fixes outage issue that caused some paychecks not to appear in accountsWells Fargo say the issue that caused some trouble seeing paychecks and direct deposits in online and mobile banking accounts has been corrected.



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Decade-old flaw in Twitter allows hackers to spread ISIS propaganda using old accounts, report claims

Decade-old flaw in Twitter allows hackers to spread ISIS propaganda using old accounts, report claimsTerrorists are allegedly exploiting a decade-old vulnerability in Twitter's systems to hijack dormant accounts and spread propaganda online. According to TechCrunch, there has been a resurgence in the number of accounts being hacked in recent weeks, many of which had been inactive for years. The hackers are reportedly using the fact that, prior to this summer, those opening an account with Twitter did not need to confirm their email addresses, meaning there are a number of accounts on the platform not linked to real email addresses or expired addresses. This allows hackers to then create the email address, and so gain access to the attached account. Security experts said this issue was "all too well known", but that it was hard for Twitter to manage the problem. "Twitter could expire accounts after a certain period of dormancy, but legacy accounts that were created without real associated emails will be vulnerable to this sort of hijack," said Robert Pritchard, the former cyber-security researcher at GCHQ and founder of The Cyber Security Expert. Alan Woodward, a computer scientist from the University of Surrey, agreed that "there has been some evidence of this before but it’s difficult to see how you stop it unless you disable any Twitter account that has been inactive for more than a certain period". "When the accounts are set up with common email services they can be effectively taken over." Monthly active users TechCrunch said it had been alerted to a number of the hijacked accounts by a security researcher known as WauchulaGhost. The site said those accounts had been spreading propaganda, including videos of Islamic State fighters and messages supporting violence, such as one said to have read: "With your cars, let’s go pack, you bomb, go with a bomb, you go in any way." Many of the accounts have since been deleted, it added. WauchulaGhost said: "A lot of these older dormant accounts never created the email they have listed on the account. All someone has to do is create it and take over the account. At the moment Islamic State is using this flaw to spread their propaganda." Technology intelligence – newsletter promo – RHS Twitter had signalled it was aware of the issue in June, introducing the requirement for new accounts to be confirmed with either email addresses or phone numbers. "This is an important change to defend against people who try to take advantage of our openness," Twitter had said at the time. Between January and June, it had suspended a total of 205,156 accounts which had violated its policy prohibiting the promotion of terrorism.  Following the report on Wednesday, a spokesman for Twitter said: "Reusing email addresses in this manner is not a new issue for Twitter or other online services. For our part, our teams are aware and are working to identify solutions that can help keep Twitter accounts safe and secure."



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Trump outsources his Twitter rage to fan and parody accounts

Trump outsources his Twitter rage to fan and parody accountsPresident Trump, who usually composes his own Twitter diatribes, relied on fan accounts and supporters Wednesday morning to attack Hillary Clinton, General Motors, Robert Mueller’s investigation and the migrant caravans.



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Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Iran that lured over one million followers

Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Iran that lured over one million followersFacebook Inc said on Friday it had deleted more accounts originating in Iran that attracted more than a million U.S. and British followers, its latest effort to combat disinformation activity on its platform. The social media company removed 82 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that represented themselves as being from American or British citizens, then posted on “politically charged” topics such as race relations, opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump and immigration, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post. In total, the removed accounts attracted more than 1 million followers.



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Cesar Sayoc's Purported Twitter Accounts Regularly Promoted Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories

Cesar Sayoc's Purported Twitter Accounts Regularly Promoted Right-Wing Conspiracy TheoriesCesar Sayoc, the suspect arrested Friday in connection with more than a dozen



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6-month sentence for man who sold bank accounts to Russians

6-month sentence for man who sold bank accounts to RussiansWASHINGTON (AP) — A California man on Wednesday was sentenced to six months in prison for unwittingly helping the Russian effort to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election.



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Bank Of America Faces Backlash After Freezing Accounts Over Citizenship Questions

Bank Of America Faces Backlash After Freezing Accounts Over Citizenship QuestionsBank of America is facing backlash over reports that the company has frozen



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Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran

Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it had identified and terminated 39 YouTube channels linked to state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.



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Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to Iran

Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to IranGoogle said Thursday it blocked YouTube channels and other accounts over a misinformation campaign linked to Iran, on the heels of similar moves by Facebook and Twitter. Google said that working with the cybersecurity firm FireEye, it linked the accounts to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting as part of an effort dating to at least January 2017.



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