Elon Musk Introduces Twitter Mayhem Mode

The United States went to the polls this week to vote in high-stakes midterm elections. With public confidence in electoral systems at an all-time low, the secret ballot is now more important than ever before. We also looked at a flawed app built by prominent right-wing provocateurs that has been used to denounce hundreds of thousands of voter registrations.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has announced that a man from Georgia has pleaded guilty to wire transfer fraud nine years after stealing more than 50,000 bitcoins from the Silk Road, the legendary dark web market. You may have heard it’s chaotic on Twitter, with a wave of corporate impersonations plaguing the platform hours after the rollout of a service that allows anyone paying $8 a month to get a blue check mark indicating they’re “verified.” It is a gift for scammers and scammers of all shades.

New analysis shows that two large ships, with their trackers off, were detected near the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the days before the gas leaks were discovered. Officials suspect sabotage and NATO is investigating. In addition, Russian military hackers are switching to a new strategy that promotes faster attacks with more immediate results.

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This week saw even more chaos on Twitter as security executives resigned after clashing with their new boss, Elon Musk, over how the company should meet its obligations to the Federal Trade Commission. After a few data breaches in 2009, Twitter agreed to submit regular reports about its privacy practices under the terms of: a 2011 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Company settled with the FTC earlier this year after it was caught displaying ads on users’ emails and phone numbers, which people provided as part of their security measures. If Twitter defaults on its obligations to the agency, the FTC could fine the company billions of dollars.

Wednesday, a day before the deadline for Twitter to file a report with the FTC, Twitter’s chief information security officer, chief privacy officer and chief compliance officer resigned. The company’s head of Trust and Safety also leave the company the next day.

In a post on Twitter’s Slack obtained by The Verge, an attorney for the privacy team wrote that engineers could be required to “self-certify” that their projects were in compliance with the settlement, charging the engineers with “personal , professional and legal risk.” The employee added that Alex Spiro, Musk’s attorney, told workers that “Elon is sending rockets into space — he’s not afraid of the FTC.”

The layoff came as the company began battling a wave of corporate impersonators who used the company’s new paid verification system to feast hours after its launch.

About 60 of the 223 polling stations in Maricopa Province reported technical problems on Election Day, frustrating voters and fueling conspiracies over voter fraud. Technicians were dispatched Tuesday to polling stations in Arizona’s largest county to repair dozens of faulty voting tab machines. Election officials urged frustrated voters to vote in other locations or deposit their ballots in a secure box to be counted later. “Everyone can still vote. No one is disenfranchised,” Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, told reporters Tuesday morning.

But that didn’t stop right-wing influencers, including former US President Donald Trump, from using the glitch to claim that voices were suppressed. University of Washington researchers found online chatter about tabulator problems started to trend after Republican activist Charlie Kirk posted about them; later in the day, Trump went to Truth Social to suggest, without evidence, that only “Republican areas” were affected by the errors. At around 2:30 p.m. local time, officials in Arizona announced that they had resolved the issue by changing the printer settings on the machines.

A Russian-Canadian national named Mikhail Vasiliev was arrested in Canada on Wednesday for his alleged participation in the LockBit ransomware campaign, according to the US Department of Justice and Europol. LockBit has claimed at least 1,000 victims, according to Deep Instinct’s Interim Cyber ​​Threat Report 2022, and is responsible for about 44 percent of ransomware campaigns this year. Vasiliev is charged with “conspiracy to intentionally damage secure computers and to send ransom money” and is currently in Canada awaiting extradition to the United States. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

A security issue delayed a record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball draw after an unnamed state failed to submit proper data and complete security protocols. According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball, one of the regional lottery commissions failed to tabulate their sales and ticket data in time for Monday night’s draw. The 10-hour delay ended Tuesday with a single winner purchasing the ticket at Joe’s Service Center, a gas station in Altadena, Calif., state lottery officials said. said.

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