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Twitter’s Security Fell Short Before Hack Targeting Celebrities, Regulator Says | Technology News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter Inc suffered from cybersecurity shortfalls that enabled a “simple” hack attributed to a Florida teenager to take over the accounts of several of the world’s most famous people in July, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The report by New York’s Department of Financial Services also recommended that the largest social media companies be deemed systemically important, like some banks following the 2008 financial crisis, with a dedicated regulator monitoring their ability to combat cyberattacks and election interference.

“That Twitter was vulnerable to an unsophisticated attack shows that self-regulation is not the answer,” said Linda Lacewell, the financial services superintendent.

Twitter has acknowledged that some employees were duped into sharing account credentials prior to the hack.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a probe following the July 15 hack of celebrity Twitter accounts, in an alleged scam that stole more than $118,000 in Bitcoin.

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The Technology 202: Kim Kardashian West, other celebrities won’t be posting on Instagram today

It’s the latest sign that pressure is mounting on Facebook to clean up its act in the weeks before Election Day. 

The showing of support from Facebook’s users – including power users with millions of followers – could add to the pressure that advertisers, employees and even shareholders have put on the company to overhaul its policies in recent months. It’s also a sign that #StopHateForProfit intends to keep the pressure on the social network in a very public way, even after the initial advertising boycott ended in July. 

Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian and actor who has emerged as one of Facebooks top critics, played an influential role in getting prominent celebrities involved in the boycott, said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League and one of the campaign organizers. Other participating celebrities include Ashton Kutcher, Kerry Washington and Katy Perry. 

The #StopHateForProfit leaders scored a

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Kim Kardashian West and other celebrities will “freeze” Instagram accounts to protest Facebook

Kim Kardashian West may have one of the largest social media followings on the planet — but she said she won’t be posting on Instagram on Wednesday. The reality star, who also said she won’t be posting on Facebook, is joining many other celebrities who are “freezing” their Instagram accounts for one day to join a nationwide protest against Facebook.

The 24-hour “freeze” is part of a “week of action” on Instagram led by the Stop Hate for Profit coalition, which is “demanding parent company Facebook take action to address racism, hate, and disinformation on its platforms,” according to a press release. The coalition is helmed by nine major civil rights and advocacy organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP.

The campaign’s goal is to call out the social media giant “for its role in inciting violence, spreading racism and hate, and contributing to electoral disinformation,” the release said.

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