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British army Twitter and YouTube accounts compromised to promote crypto scams

The British army is investigating an apparent hack after its official Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised on Sunday. News of the breach was first reported by Web3 is Going Great. According to the blog, both accounts were simultaneously compromised to promote two different cryptocurrency scams.

Although it has since been scrubbed, the army’s verified Twitter account was briefly changed to look like a page for The Possessed, a project involving a collection of 10,000 animated NFTs with a price floor of 0.58 Ethereum (approximately $ 1,063). During that time, the account tweeted out multiple links to a fake minting website. It’s possible the hack is part of a broader campaign to leverage the recent popularity of The Possessed. On Saturday, the project’s official Twitter account warned its followers of another verified account that was similarly hacked to promote a NFT scam using The Possessed brand.

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Over on YouTube, the army’s channel has been made to look like a page for Ark Invest. As of the writing of this article, the channel is livestreaming videos that repurpose old footage of Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey and Ark CEO Katie Wood discussing cryptocurrency. The clips feature an overlay promoting “double your money” Bitcoin and Ethereum scams. According to Web3 is Going Great, a similar scheme netted scammers $ 1.3 million this past May. It’s unclear who is behind the attacks.

“We are aware of a breach of the army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is underway,” an army spokesperson told The Guardian. “We take information security extremely seriously and are resolving the issue. Until the investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

While 2022 has seen its share of crypto hacks, few have targeted government organizations like the British army. To date, most have involved groups like Yuga Labs, the creator of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection. In April, the project’s official Instagram account was compromised in a $ 2.4 million phishing scam. BAYC’s Discord community has also fallen to two separate phishing attacks in 2022.

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PayPal faces lawsuit for freezing customer accounts and funds

Three PayPal users who've allegedly had their accounts frozen and funds taken by the company without explanation have filed a federal lawsuit against the online payment service. The plaintiffs — two users from California and one from Chicago — are accusing the company of unlawfully seizing their personal property and violating racketeering laws. They're now proposing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all other users who've had their accounts frozen before and are seeking restitution, as well as punitive and exemplary damages.

Lena Evans, one of the plaintiffs who'd been a PayPal user for 22 years, said the website seized $ 26,984 from her account six months after it got frozen without ever telling her why. Evans had been using PayPal to buy and sell clothing on eBay, to exchange money for a poker league she owns and for a non-profit that helps women with various needs. 

Fellow plaintiff Roni Shemtov said PayPal seized over $ 42,000 of her money and never got an acceptable reason for why her account was terminated. She received several different explanations when she contacted the company: One customer rep said it was because she used the same IP and computer as other Paypal users, while another said it was because she sold yoga clothing at 20 to 30 percent lower than retail. Yet another representative allegedly said it was because she used multiple accounts, which she denies. 

Shbadan Akylbekov, the third plaintiff, said PayPal seized over $ 172,000 of his money without giving him any explanation why the account got limited in the first place. Akylbekov used the account of a company his wife owns to sell Hyaluron pens, which are needle-less pens that inject hyaluronic acid into the skin. After the money disappeared from the account following a six-month freeze, PayPal allegedly sent his wife a letter that says she "violated PayPal's User Agreement and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) by accepting payments for the sale of injectable fillers not approved by the FDA." It also said that the money was taken from her account "for its liquidated damages arising from those AUP violations pursuant to the User Agreement."

PayPal has long angered many a user for limiting accounts and freezing their funds for six months or more. One high-profile case was American poker player Chris Moneymaker's who had $ 12,000 taken from his account after six months of being limited. Moneymaker was already in the process of asking people to join him in a class action lawsuit before his funds were "mysteriously returned." 

Part of the complaint reads:

"Plaintiffs bring this class action against Defendant PAYPAL, INC. ("PayPal") to recover damages and other relief available at law and in equity on behalf of themselves, as well as on behalf of the members of the class defined herein… This action stems from Defendant’s widespread business practice of unilaterally seizing funds from its clients’ financial accounts, without cause and without any fair or due process.

PayPal places a "hold" on Plaintiffs' own funds in their own PayPal accounts. PayPal has failed to inform Plaintiffs and members of the class of the reason(s) for the actions PayPal has taken, even telling Plaintiffs and members of the class that they will "have to get a subpoena" to learn the simple information as to why PayPal was holding, and denying Plaintiffs, access to their own money."

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Hacker sells access to hundreds of corporate executives’ email accounts

Hackers are fond of hijacking email accounts, and one of them may have obtained a motherlode of potential targets. ZDNet and Gizmodo report that a hacker is selling claimed access to “hundreds” of C-suite executives’ Microsoft-based email accounts, i…
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Grindr flaw allowed hijacking accounts with just an email address

A Grindr vulnerability allowed anyone who knows a user’s email address to easily reset their password and hijack their account. All a bad actor needed to do was type in a user’s email address in the password reset page and then pop open the dev tools…
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Twitter removed 130 Iran-linked accounts during last night’s debate

Twitter has removed 130 accounts that appeared to originate from Iran and were attempting to disrupt public conversation around the 2020 US Presidential debate. The social network’s Support account has revealed the deletion on the platform. It also p…
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The Morning After: Twitter hackers took over accounts for Elon, Obama and Apple

Twitter’s bad day started with a weird tweet from Elon Musk (not that unusual) and probably peaked when Barack Obama’s account suddenly posted a scam message begging for Bitcoin. Someone at Twitter decided to prevent all verified accounts from tweeti…
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Twitter has apparently disabled tweets from verified accounts

In an effort to prevent more hacked accounts from posting crypto scams, Twitter has apparently chosen to disable tweets from verified accounts. Though the company has not yet confirmed this to us, Engadget staffers are experiencing this with our own…
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Facebook bans ‘boogaloo’ accounts and Pages linked to violence

Facebook isn’t just limiting the spread of “boogaloo” groups on its platform — it’s tossing many of those groups out. The social media giant has banned accounts and PAges from the pro-civil-war group after deeming a violent network that breaks the co…
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Nintendo says 140,000 more NNID accounts have been illegally accessed

Nintendo shut down NNID logins back in April after it discovered hackers had compromised some 160,000 accounts using legacy credentials. Now, the company says that figure was more like 300,000. In a Japanese language statement posted today, Nintendo…
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‘Sign in with Apple’ flaw let attackers take over accounts

‘Sign in with Apple’ is potentially more private than other login options, but it apparently included a serious security flaw. Researcher Bhavuk Jain recently received a $ 100,000 bug bounty for discovering (via Hacker News) a flaw in the sign-in serv…
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Netflix to cancel accounts unused for 1 or 2 years

I find it hard to believe that in this global lockdown people with a Netflix account haven’t watched either The Tiger King or The Last Dance documentaries. If this is you and you haven’t watched anything for a while then you might find your account is about to close. Netflix have announced that any accounts […]

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Instagram tests easier ways to recover hacked accounts

Instagram might offer a little more reassurance if your account is ever hijacked. The social network is testing a new in-app account recovery process that should make it easier to recover an account — and make it harder for thieves to get away with…
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Facebook cracks down on companies selling fake accounts

Facebook has cracked down on companies churning out and peddling fake accounts. The social network has filed a lawsuit in US federal court against four companies and three individuals based in China, not only for promoting the sales of fake accounts,…
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MoviePass test reactivates accounts if users don’t opt out

Former MoviePass subscribers who thought they were able to evade the company's previous attempts at reactivating accounts without consent may want to check their emails. According to various social media posts on Twitter and Reddit, the beleaguered c…
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Twitter is removing locked accounts from your follower count

Your Twitter follower count might soon shrink. The microblogging service announced today that it will begin purging locked accounts from your follower count starting this week. "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with la…
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Recommended Reading: An NBA exec and some mysterious Twitter accounts

The curious case of Bryan Colangelo and the secret Twitter account Ben Detrick, The Ringer Even though he won't admit it, one of the NBA's biggest stars, Kevin Durant, almost certainly used a burner Twitter account to clap back at the haters. That…
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Lyft lets people with disabilities pay with special ABLE accounts

Lyft has teamed up with the National Down Syndrome Society to let riders pay for their trips with ABLE accounts, which are savings accounts for those with disabilities and their families. They can use earnings to pay for certain expenses, like medica…
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Russian Twitter accounts tried to influence the UK’s EU departure

Russia's attempt to influence Western politics through Twitter certainly wasn't limited to the 2016 American elections. Wired and New Knowledge have combed through the Russia-linked accounts provided to US politicians, and it identified at least 29…
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More pressure piled on LeEco as CEO’s bank accounts and assets frozen

It’s no secret that LeEco is feeling the heat financially. The company is experiencing severe cash flow problems and had to halt its expansion plans, call off its acquisition of Vizio, pawn off some property, as well as lay off some staff in the U.S. Despite having received a cash injection of a couple of […]

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G Suite accounts are now accepted for Project Fi

Google just opened up Project Fi to more people. Today it was announced that, in addition to traditional accounts, anyone with a G Suite account can sign-up for Google’s wireless service. Check with your domain’s owner before signing up for the service, though. It’ll be controlled by the G Suite Administator; therefore, they could pull […]

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‘Family Link’ app gives kids their own child-safe Google accounts

For some time, child-proofing your tech meant using kid-specific login profiles to wall-off your progeny into the most harmless corners of your tablet. That's hardly a delicate or complex safety setup. Google has released an app, Family Link, that le…
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Evernote restricts free accounts to two devices, increases the price of paid tiers

Evernote is about to get a bit more restrictive for free users. The service is limiting to two the number of devices on non-paying accounts, and it’s hiking the price of its Plus and Premium tiers.

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Hacked? app for Windows 10 notifies you if online accounts are breached

The Hacked? Windows 10 app takes your email address and automates the notification process if your credentials ended up in the latest data breach catalog.

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Facebook Messenger for Android supports multiple accounts, keeps messages private

Facebook has officially rolled out multiple-account support for its Android Messenger app. The feature, which was previously tested with beta users and some non-beta users, lets multiple people to log in and use Messenger from a single device.

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