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GCHQ's Twitter move: Wants to be 'accessible', people to 'understand'

GCHQ has belatedly joined Twitter. The UK government spy agency’s first message to the global micro-blogging platform on Monday morning was the brief “Hello, world”, something that GCHQ probably hopes will resonate with computer programmers worldwide.1 Simple and in keeping with the banal first entries of many Twitter users …
John Leyden, 16 May 2016
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Rule of law: Turkish court nixes government Twitter ban ... for now

A court in Turkey's capital has ordered the lifting of the government ban on Twitter in the restless nation. The administrative court in Ankara overturned the week-long ban on Wednesday in response to complaints by journalists’ unions and the country's Bar Association, representing its lawyers, that blocking Twitter …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2014

Tumblr's iOS fix for clear-text password login howler was WEEKS LATE

Tumblr has urged users of its iOS app to put down that latte and start updating their software and changing their passwords. But it appears the selfies-rich pic app only copped to the problem and issued the fix a full two weeks after a Reg reader had first contacted it about the issue. Our source had told The Reg that he'd run …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'

Actress Lindsay Lohan has blamed hackers for posting a frankly-odd Hitler themed Twitter update to her profile. The deleted tweet stated: “How does Hitler tie his shoes? from @oatmeal”, SecurityFAQs reports. Later on Wednesday LiLo apologised to the 4.5 million plus followers to her micro-blogging feed. "My twitter was hacked …
John Leyden, 1 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Twitter redesign seeks to monetise user base

Twitter has injected some new features into the micro-blogging site in an effort to lure more developers, partners and - most importantly - users to the service. The privately-held company said in a blog post yesterday that it had "simplified the design" of Twitter. In fact, the firm appears to be morphing the service into …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Twitter discovers MMS for photo tweeting

Twitter users can now pump pictures directly into their tweet stream using the Multimedia Messaging Service that has been languishing, barely used, for years. In the UK the service is already working on O2, Vodafone and Orange. Once one has registered a phone number with the networking site, photographs sent to the Twitter …
Bill Ray, 22 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

China mulls further social-network controls

Communist Party officials in Beijing have flagged up concerns about the growth of micro-blogging websites in China. According to a Reuters report, China may be pushing for more robust controls of such sites. The article cites a commentary piece written for the People's Daily by individuals who pen the Communist Party's …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

ICO tells public sector to respond to Twitter

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has told public authorities with Twitter accounts that they must respond to freedom of information (FoI) requests made via the micro-blogging site. It has said in its July 2011 newsletter that, although Twitter is not an ideal channel for submitting or responding to requests, it " …
The Register breaking news

Twitter hacker flings poo at PayPal

An angry user hacked into PayPal UK's Twitter account on Tuesday night and changed the e-commerce company's avatar photo to a heap of steaming crap. The hacker also posted several unflattering tweets ridiculing PayPal. The hacker appears to be an angry PayPal customer motivated by a dispute over a frozen PayPal account. The …
John Leyden, 6 Jul 2011
The Register breaking news

Google shutters Realtime Search after Twitter deal expires

Twitter's deal with Google to include updates in Mountain View's search results ended on 2 July. As a result Google's Realtime Search function, which also provided feeds from Facebook fan page updates among other social network guff, went offline and is currently displaying a 404 error message. Search Engine Land got this …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Jul 2011
The Register breaking news

Smut lure powers Tumblr phish scam

Security watchers are warning about a massive phishing attack against Tumblr users. Maliciously constructed web pages designed to look like legitimate Tumblr addresses have been poisoned with links that supposedly offer access to lurid content, providing prospective marks log in to the micro-blogging service. Users who fall …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Actor Simon Pegg warns over banking Trojan Twitter hack

Zombie movie star Simon Pegg was obliged to warn his followers after his Twitter feed was hacked to post links to malware. Supposed links to a screensaver for Pegg's alien comedy Paul actually contained a Trojan horse. A Twitter update promoting the app was posted to Pegg's @simonpegg account inviting his 1.2 million followers …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Attorney General threatens Twitter injunction-busters

The government's chief legal adviser has warned that people who breach privacy injunctions by publishing details on micro-blogging site Twitter and other websites could be prosecuted for contempt of court. Attorney General Dominic Grieve told the BBC's Radio 4 programme, Law in Action, that he would consider taking direct …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Tumblr bloggrs ensnared in chain-spam scam

Tumblr has become the target of a chain letter-style spam that spread rapidly over the micro-blogging service. The fake messages falsely warned that "your blog will be deleted unless you repost this" note, which claimed that Tumblr was drawing up a list of inactive profiles. Totally untrue, but over 130,000 people were taken …
John Leyden, 17 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Twitter eyes up its biggest client

TweetDeck, the discerning Twit's desktop client, is in discussions with Twitter about selling itself to the micro-blogging service for $50m, which could be small change to prevent the client turning into a competitor. The Wall Street Journal reckons the companies are "in advanced talks" about Twitter acquiring TweetDeck and …
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2011
The Register breaking news

Tumblr blames human error for 'minor' security breach

Blogging platform tumblr has downplayed the significance of a security breach over the weekend. Tumblr admitted human error led to the exposure of "sensitive server configuration information", but not the rumoured disclosure of users' login details. Tumblr, which fixed the problem a few hours after its discovery, is reviewing …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Firesheep hack catches out Mr Demi Moore

Ashton Kutcher's Twitter profile was hacked on Wedesday to spout pro-SSL graffiti. Instead of the usual updates of the life of Mr Demi Moore, the aplusk account regaled its 6.4 million followers with security warnings, such as the one below. Ashton, you've been Punk'd. This account is not secure. Dude, where's my SSL? The …
John Leyden, 3 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

China net filtering overlord gets pwned

The microblog of the brains behind China's infamous net filtering systems has been taken offline following a wave of criticism from net users. Fang Binxing, president of the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, was integral in the development of the "Great Firewall of China", which as well as blocking access to …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2010

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