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

Honeywell Keeps Acting Like a Tech Company. It’s the Dow’s Top Stock Wednesday.

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Initial Vertiv-Honeywell products will focus on microgrid solutions for data centers.


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Microsoft

(MSFT).

Amazon.com

(AMZN).

Apple

(AAPL).

Honeywell International

(HON)?

Most investors don’t think of Honeywell as a tech company, but it sure is acting like one. The industrial conglomerate and data center equipment supplier

Vertiv Holdings

(VRT) are teaming up to provide new solutions for data centers. It is another example of Honeywell behaving more like a tech firm, collaborating with companies in other industries to develop new products.

Earlier in 2020, Honeywell (ticker: HON) announced a software tie-up with

SAP

(SAP.Germany), in which Honeywell married its Forge software application with the SAP Cloud for Real Estate platform. The pairing allows building operators to aggregate financial data from SAP with operational data from Forge into easy-to-use interfaces.

In the Vertiv instance, announced Wednesday morning. Honeywell is marrying its building-management systems with Vertiv’s (VRT) data center power-management systems. Honeywell stock is up 1.6% on Wednesday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is little changed.

Power-management systems are critical operating components of data centers. “You don’t just plug a data center server into the wall,” explains Vimal Kapur, Honeywell Building Technologies CEO. “Data centers need clean power.” Data centers need uninterrupted power with tight voltage and current specifications. Vertiv’s products enable that, and the company competes with the likes of

Schneider Electric

(SU.France) and

Eaton

(ETN).

(The news release says that data centers in 2018 consumed approximately 1% of the world’s energy use.)

A building-management system, for Honeywell’s part, is a feature of any commercial building and controls things such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Honeywell controls other portions of data centers, too, such as fire and safety systems.

Honeywell’s building-technology division generated about $1.2 billion in second-quarter sales, accounting for roughly 16% of the total. Vertiv

15 Of The Coolest Tech Gifts For Every Gadget-Lover On Your List

Spending prolonged time at home has skewed our shopping habits towards everything from space-saving WFH furniture hacks to cozy loungewear that can also pass as telecommuter-chic attire. On top of home setups and style lineups, quarantine has also reshaped our tech mindsets as well — piquing our interests in smart home devices and cutting-edge new electronics that make stay-at-home orders a little more entertaining. And, now that the holidays are hurtling towards us, we’ve got a good amount of these premium pieces at the tops of our gift lists.

After foraging through the bottomless-product pit that is the internet, we dug up and pulled out the best tech gifts that your hard-earned coin (or someone else’s) can buy — from wireless charging docks to WiFi-connected vacuum cleaners, highly intelligent mirrors, and much more. Ahead, 15 electronically-inclined presents that will take any lifestyle from simple to smart in a click.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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<h2>Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player</h2> <br>Old school meets new school with this record player — a device updated with Bluetooth capabilities. <br> <br> <strong>Victrola</strong> Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F33OAh5S" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>

Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player

Old school meets new school with this record player — a device updated with Bluetooth capabilities.

Victrola Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player,

Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

Facebook has just leased enough new office space in Manhattan to nearly triple its current local work force, including at one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the 107-year-old former main post office complex near Pennsylvania Station.

Apple, which set up its first office in New York a decade ago, is expanding to another building in Manhattan. And Google and Amazon are stitching together corporate campuses in the city more quickly than anywhere else in the world. Amazon paid roughly $1 billion in March for the iconic Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue.

Despite a pandemic that has ravaged New York, hollowed out many of its office buildings and raised fundamental questions about its future, the four companies collectively known as Big Tech are all significantly expanding their footprint in the city, giving it a badly needed vote of confidence.

With fears that the virus could spike again in the colder months, many companies are grappling with how, when and even if office workers will come back to buildings in Manhattan. And the tech giants have not brought their workers back yet, either.

Even so, the giants have not only moved forward with previous growth plans, but have also increased their pace of hiring and office acquisition during the pandemic.

The industry’s embrace of New York City comes despite the tumultuous reception that Amazon received last year when it proposed building a sprawling headquarters in Queens. Amazon abandoned the plans in the face of political and community opposition, but now has acquired more than 2 million square feet of office space for corporate workers, as well as warehouses from Staten Island to Queens to the Bronx.

After Amazon bought the Lord & Taylor building, it announced in August that 2,000 employees would eventually work there, increasing by half its

Mid-range Exynos gets the latest tech

A Samsung Exynos processor.
  • Samsung has confirmed that the Exynos 1080 chip is coming soon.
  • The new chipset has the latest Cortex-A78 CPU and Mali-G78 GPU.

The Samsung Exynos 980 marked a major upgrade for the company’s mid-range silicon, delivering 5G for the first time in the segment while also offering a good level of CPU and GPU power.

The company recently revealed via Weibo that it’s working on the Exynos 1080, ostensibly coming as a successor of sorts to the Exynos 980. Now, Samsung Semiconductor has confirmed the new chipset to Android Authority.

Samsung also confirmed that the Exynos 1080 would be equipped with the latest Cortex-A78 CPU cores and Mali-G78 GPU. If the CPU arrangement is anything like the Exynos 980, we can expect two powerful Cortex-A78 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores for basic tasks.

It’s also believed that the new chipset could be built on a 5nm manufacturing process (down from 8nm), joining Apple’s A14 chip used in its iPhone 12 series. The next-generation of Android flagship SoCs are widely expected to use this process too, delivering a smaller design and greater efficiency.

The company told us that a full announcement is on the way, but it definitely looks like Samsung’s mid-range 5G phones could be set for another major upgrade in 2021. We previously saw the Exynos 980 in phones like the Galaxy A51 5G and A71 5G, so it stands to reason that the Exynos 1080 would appear in follow-up devices or similarly priced phones.

We’ll update the article as soon as Samsung announces the new processor. What would you like to see from Samsung’s future Exynos chipsets?


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