Comments on Friday by a top Russian telecoms official, suggesting that the country might soon block access to Twitter, met with a swift wave of condemnation — including from other government officials — providing a rare window into differences of opinion inside the Kremlin over how best to censor voices of dissent.
In an interview with a local newspaper Friday, Maxim Ksenzov, deputy head of the government’s telecommunications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, called Twitter a “political” tool that undermines the state’s authority. “We can block Twitter or Facebook tomorrow for several minutes,” Ksenzov said. “We do not see any risks in that.”Read more
The US government operated a Twitter-like social network to sow political discontent among Cubans.
The Associated Press revealed last week that the US government's Agency for International Development (USAID) established and operated a Twitter-like social network in Cuba over a period of two years starting in 2009. The main purpose of the program was to undermining the country's communist government.
Tomorrow, the head of USAID, Rajiv Shah will take a stand before a Senate subcommittee of foreign operations and State Department budget to answer some difficult questions about the program.
Over 2 million passwords for popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google and Yahoo accounts have been stolen and posted online, with Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki also featuring on the hitlist.
Internet security firm Trustwave exposed the extensive data hoard, saying in its blog that the responsible botnet – dubbed Pony – had harvested information from thousands of vulnerable computers on a global scale.
The information included login credentials, email addresses and passwords. In total, 1,580,000 website login credentials were stolen, alongside 320,000 email and 41,000 FTP accounts.Read more
U.S. authorities are more likely to ask for personal information of a user's microblogging service Twitter. Over the past six months, the U.S. government sent 902 to the company requesting a statement. Twitter just received 1176 requests.
Thus, in the United States accounts for more than 70% of all claims, the report said. In second place at the request of information is Japan (87 requests), and the third - the United Kingdom (26 requests). A large number of requests from Turkey or Brazil have been reported to the company. In this case, Twitter is rarely receives requests to remove a certain message. In just six months, the company received 21 such a request, of which only two were initiated by the U.S. authorities.Read more