Emma Stone’s twitter hacked

3/22/2013: Emma Stone revealed that she was not behind the ambiguous tweets concerning boyfriend Andrew Garfield and co-star Shailene Woodley that sparked cheating rumors. Speculation surrounded Stone’s mysterious “tweet and delete” spree over the past few months. Emma addressed the rumors on an On Air with Ryan Seacrest radio interview. One tweet in particular on her Twitter appeared to be an anagram that solved to read, “Andrew and Shailene sitting in a tree....

March 25, 2013 · 1 min · 186 words · Omid Farhang

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Joins Instagram, Posts Pics

Mashable: Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei joined Instagram last week and so far has posted four photos. Iran’s supreme leader since 1989 chose to share shots that likely show scenes of Ramadan. It comes as a surprise to some that a person who has been slow to get onboard with social media trends — not to mention Iran’s stance toward its citizens’ use of the social media — has joined Instagram....

August 2, 2012 · 2 min · 243 words · Omid Farhang

New Dr Who girl Jenna-Louise Coleman's name exploited by Twitter sex video scammers

SophosLabs: Jenna-Louise Coleman has been unveiled as the new “Doctor Who” companion, joining the BBC TV time traveller in his TARDIS later this year. “Doctor Who” is one of Britain’s biggest television shows, and is popular elsewhere around the world, so it was no surprise to find 25-year-old actress Jenna Louise-Coleman’s name was a trending topic on Twitter today. Unfortunately, there are frequently mischief-makers, scammers and cybercriminals waiting to exploit a popular search term or hashtag....

March 22, 2012 · 2 min · 320 words · Omid Farhang

Free iPad 3? It doesn't exist! Beware of scams

It is widely anticipated that Apple will announce a new version of its iPad tablet computer in San Francisco on March 7th. An invitation sent to journalists, inviting them to an event organized by Apple, has fueled speculation even further as it appears to show a close-up of someone using an iPad. Could it be the new iPad with a much lusted for improved display and souped-up processor? Only time will tell....

March 1, 2012 · 2 min · 288 words · Omid Farhang

Twitter enables HTTPS for all signed-in users

The H-Online: Twitter has announced that it has now enabled HTTPS by default for all users signed into the micro-blogging service. By using HTTPS, all user information including log-in credentials transmitted to the company’s servers are sent using SSL encryption. This means that all data is transmitted in encrypted form and can no longer be read and exploited for fraudulent activities by attackers using tools such as the Firesheep extension for Firefox....

February 15, 2012 · 1 min · 151 words · Omid Farhang

Twitter Malware Attack: Photos of Dead Gaddafi

Mashable: As reports of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s death circulate on the Internet, so is a gruesome cellphone photo of what appears to be his severely wounded body and another that appears to be his dead body. Both are likely opportunities for spammers with bad intentions. The first photo was distributed by the news agency AFP after commanders for Libya’s transitional military, the National Transitional Council (NTC), said they had captured Gaddafi after invading his hometown of Sirte....

October 20, 2011 · 2 min · 348 words · Omid Farhang

Twitter finally released a "Stalkers" app? No, it's a phishing scam

Sophos Labs: Twitter users are being hit today by messages claiming to link to a new app from Twitter which will track your stalkers. However, the messages are really designed to steal your Twitter usernames and passwords. Here’s a typical message that users are seeing: Twitter finally released an app that tracks your “Stalkers” get it here [LINK] If you click on the link you are taken to what appears to be a legitimate Twitter page, asking you to confirm your username and password before the “Stalkers” app can access your account....

August 14, 2011 · 2 min · 391 words · Omid Farhang

Twitter spam and viagra galore

Spam mails claiming to be from Twitter that send you to pharmacy sites are a popular wheeze for spammers, and here we go again. It seems I have “two PR messages from Twitter”. If that wasn’t enough to get me clicking (it isn’t), I can also join in on sports conversations, argue with bloggers and tell the World when I stumble into some form of natural disaster. Hammering one of the many links will actually take me to 219(dot)84(dot)119(dot)56/afternoon(dot)html, which will send me to pharmacydrugstorehealthprofessionals(dot)net....

April 11, 2011 · 1 min · 135 words · Omid Farhang

Twitter goes secure – say goodbye to Firesheep with "Always use HTTPS" option

Sophos Labs: Good news on the social networking security front is that Twitter has finally got its act together to offer an Always use HTTPS option. If you turn on this option, all of your personalized interaction with Twitter will be encrypted – not only while you are logging in, but also while you are posting tweets. A lot of people fail to recognize the value of using HTTPS on Twitter....

March 17, 2011 · 2 min · 403 words · Omid Farhang

Twitter using Gamification to increase followers

I just read an interesting post in ThinkVitamin.com and wanted to share with you: I just signed up for a new Twitter account and as I was going through the on-boarding process, I noticed Twitter has introduced a bit of Gamification to encourage you to follow more people. They use a simple progress-bar metaphor to encourage you to follow 10 people. I like it.

March 15, 2011 · 1 min · 64 words · Omid Farhang