Celebrity accounts accessed after employees fall for tech support scam

The hackers who took over a number of high profile Twitter accounts, including those belonging to Barack Obama and Elon Musk, for several hours this summer gained entry into Twitter’s internal systems simply by posing as company IT officials making a support call, according to an investigative report Wednesday by New York regulators.



Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian are posing for a picture: From left clockwise, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Joe Biden


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From left clockwise, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Joe Biden

At the time of the July 15 attack, Twitter had no chief information security officer and suffered from poor internal security controls, the report concluded.

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Officials behind the report called for additional cybersecurity regulation of major tech platforms.

“In other industries that are deemed critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications, utilities, and finance, we have established regulators and regulations to ensure that the public interest is protected,” said the report from New York’s Department of Financial Services. “With respect to cybersecurity, that is what is needed for large, systemically important social media companies.”

In a statement, Twitter said it has taken steps to enhance the security of its platform, cooperated with the Department’s investigation, and that multiple arrests have been carried out in the wake of the attack.

“Protecting people’s privacy and security is a top priority for Twitter, and it is not a responsibility we take lightly,” the statement said. “We have been continuously investing in improvements to our teams and our technology that enable people to use Twitter securely. This work is constant and always evolving.”

The high-profile hack saw several celebrity accounts taken over by a bitcoin scam that promised victims a 100% return on their investments. In addition to Obama and Musk, the hackers were able to take over accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian West, Uber and Apple, among others. As one of the nation’s

Why Anna Kendrick Is The ‘Most Dangerous Celebrity On The Internet’

While “dangerous” is not the word that would come to mind when you think of Anna Kendrick, the actor best known for her work in the Pitch Perfect movies and voicing Princess Poppy in Trolls World Tour, she finds herself at the top of the McAfee’s “most dangerous celebrities” online list this year. McAfee keeps track of the celebrity search terms most likely to result in a malicious link or phishing content. As the coronavirus resulted in shelter-at-home order and social distancing was encouraged, internet usage in 2020 has skyrocketed – and bad actors have taken advantage.

According the Wall Street Journal, internet usage increased 25% in March, just as the shelter-at-home orders had taken place. While the sudden early rise in internet use slowly decreased throughout the summer, remote school, work from home and the lack of movie theaters continue to keep internet use higher than previous years.

Kendrick’s most recent film, Trolls World Tour happened to coincide with the sudden shift to films streamed online on their release date. Universal’s decision to stream Trolls on-demand in April was met with some hesitance as the move might hurt the theatre industry, but did result in record-breaking sales amid the pandemic response. The success moved Kendrick from the fourth spot on the McAfee list in 2019 to number one in 2020.

Anna Kendrick is among several other actors and musicians in the top ten of the McAfee list that includes Sean Combs, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Julia Roberts. These names evoke a timelessness in a year that seems to

Anna Kendrick is the 2020 McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity on the internet

This isn’t quite pitch perfect!

Anna Kendrick has found herself topping a celebrity list that most people shouldn’t be on.

The “Pitch Perfect” actress ranks at the top of McAfee’s U.S. list of most dangerous celebrities to search for online.

For the 14th year, the computer virus fighters have researched which famous names generate the riskiest search results that could potentially trigger consumers to unknowingly install malware on their devices.

The Academy Award nominated actress, currently starring in the HBO Max series “Love Life,” beat out the likes of Diddy, Blake Lively, Mariah Carey and Jason Derulo as the most dangerous celebrity to search for.

“Cybercriminals use consumers’ fascination with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting fans to malicious websites that install malware on their devices, potentially putting personal information and log-in details in the wrong hands,” McAfee’s VP Baker Nanduru said with Tuesday’s announcement of the list.

“Consumers are searching the web for free online entertainment now more than ever, and as cybercriminals continue to implement deceptive practices such as fake sites claiming to offer free content, it is crucial that fans stay vigilant about protecting their digital lives and think twice before clicking,” Nanduru added.

On last year’s list – where “Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel took the top spot — Kendrick was No. 4.

Due to the the recent release of “Trolls World Tour,” in which she was the voice of Princess Poppy, she has become a hot commodity on the web.

Trailing her as the No. 2 most dangerous celebrity is hip hop mogul Sean Combs (also known as Diddy), and TV and film star Blake Lively at No. 3.

Best-selling music icon Mariah Carey is No. 4, followed by ex-NSync member Justin Timberlake (No. 5) and Taylor Swift (No. 6).

Rounding out the top 10 are

ClickStream’s Game Host, Celebrity Chef Jordan Andino to Appear Today on the Digital Stock & Investment News Network Rich TV Live

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 28, 2020 / Clickstream Corp (OTC PINK:CLIS) announced today that its’ original programing game host Jordan Andino will appear on Rich TV Live, a financial focused digital network. The interview will air this afternoon at 1PM ET on https://www.youtube.com/c/RICHTVLIVE and will be available on ClickStream’s social media platforms shortly thereafter.

Andino will discuss his role in the development of ClickStream’s WinQuik™ App, as well as the multiple shows he’s set to host when the app launches this week. The mobile and digital gaming platform is designed for users seeking the thrill of live competition. WinQuik™ will debut with seven initial game hosts featuring 26 different trivia genres. Winners of each live daily show will be eligible to win real cash and prizes by competing against other users in rapid-format trivia.

WinQuik™’s lineup will feature celebrity hosts such as Actor Pooch Hall, NFL quarterback and former NASA intern Joshua Dobbs, New York City restauranteur and celebrity chef Jordan Andino, NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger, US Army Green Beret and survival expert Mykel Hawke, former ESPN host Howie “The Sultan of Sports Trivia” Schwab and Emmy-Award winning journalist, documentary film producer and ClickStream’s Vice President of Original Programming Amber Theoharis.

ClickStream is actively identifying TV and entertainment personalities to expand programming as the company scales to deliver the world’s first synchronized mobile and digital network.

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