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Twitter Users Warned About Being Targeted By State-Sponsored Attacks (bbc.com) 43

An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has sent out unexpected warning notices to a number of users, informing them that their account might have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers. This is the first time Twitter is known to have sent out such notifications, and they're also recommending Tor and other privacy-oriented measures to these users. Among known recipients of the message are Coldhak, a Winnipeg-based nonprofit; Coldhak director Colin Childs; privacy and security researcher Runa Sandvik; activists and cryptoparty organizer Cassie Traun; security researcher Noris Fabio; Tech writer and programmer David Robinson; and banker and mathematics student Jens Kubieziel (also the author of a book about anonymity on the Internet).
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Twitter Users Warned About Being Targeted By State-Sponsored Attacks

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  • tor? twitter? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 14, 2015 @08:55AM (#51113729)
    Yeah right. twitter will ban your account. Source: I've twitter over tor and had my account banned. One tweet, not offensive or spammy.
    • These guys will probably be given usage exceptions then.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Mashiki ( 184564 )

        Doubtful. Twitter already engages in banning people for wrongthink [archive.is] and forcing people to delete tweets that are engaged in wrongthink as well. [reddit.com] You think they'll give an exemption to Tor users? I doubt it, more likely they'll bend over backwards and give the totalitarian governments a hand.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'm not sure what you're doing wrong, but it works fine for me. I regularly use it through Tails OS (all Tor, all the time) and Twitter hasn't bumped me off yet. I think Twitter was very anti-Tor until the last year or so. Was your experience further back than that?

      • by Krojack ( 575051 )

        I know Tor is pretty large in scale and has a lot of IP addresses through it's many proxies, but I've always wondered what the chances you get an IP that some spammer just used thus causing problems such as your twitter getting blocked.

    • Yes, but you won't be a target of state-sponsored terror anymore! You have to look on the bright side.
      • HMm....

        Sounds to me like yet ANOTHER reason not to be on social media, like FB or twitter....

        • Sounds to me like yet ANOTHER reason not to be on social media, like FB or twitter....

          Exactly...as if I needed another reason, lol.

          I have no facebook, no twitter, no pinterest, instagram, linkedin, etc etc etc, none of that crap. And yet my life seems to be doing just fine, better in fact than most the people I know who are obsessively fiddling with that shit all day long. I have a life, they have text messages.

        • Social Media is about Public Information. If you choose to post political beliefs then people will know your political beliefs, and not all of them will agree with you. If you are posting that you are doing illegal activities then chances are the officials will be finding that. Using FaceBook or Twitter is fine if you post stuff that you want everyone to know about you.

          I tend to limit to pictures of my Pets, and the weather.

          • Social Media is about Public Information. If you choose to post political beliefs then people will know your political beliefs, and not all of them will agree with you. If you are posting that you are doing illegal activities then chances are the officials will be finding that. Using FaceBook or Twitter is fine if you post stuff that you want everyone to know about you.

            I tend to limit to pictures of my Pets, and the weather.

            Well, it isn't just what YOU post. You might be careful....

            BUT, it can cause y

  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @09:07AM (#51113795)

    so which states are sponsoring these attacks? I know that if I was living in one of those states I would be contacting the governor and my local state representative and senator about the waste of taxpayers money. They should be spending the surplus on roads and bridges (or giving us tax refunds if they were Republican s)

  • Don't do it!

    Throw away the account. Make a new one. Throw it away! Go some where else! Do some thing else!

  • Damn, if only I had a Twitter account then I could lay awake at night worrying about this...

    • by mlts ( 1038732 )

      I just set 2FA on my Twitter account and forget about it. The only reason I have a Twitter account is because during a recent job interview, the interviewer asked about what stuff I tweeted, I told him that I didn't bother... and the interviewer called me a fossil for not being "hip enough to use modern technology" and ended the interview. So, I have a Twitter account just so if asked about it, I can say I have one, and actually have bothered to follow one company.

      That, and one website I used to use decid

      • ... and the interviewer called me a fossil for not being "hip enough to use modern technology" and ended the interview.

        Jesus, what a jackass. I would have told that prick in no uncertain terms to FUCK RIGHT OFF, and I might have accidentally spilled my coffee on his desk on the way out (hey, accidents happen, amirite?).

        Seriously, if you won't hire me because I don't have a fucking twitter account, then fuck you. You and your company are exactly the kind of assholes I'd never want to work for.

        And, just to close the loop, if he wasn't the CEO, I'd write the CEO a brief, polite letter him know what an asswipe his hiring manag

  • The US government is requiring me to register my drones.

    See!

    How will I bird watch all the nests now?

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