Fake social media accounts posing as celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen are duping fans out of millions of dollars, it has emerged. Social media users have reportedly been falling for scams in which bogus celebrities ask fans to send them money via gift cards for services such as iTunes. One woman, going by the name of Mary, said she had sent $11,500 to a fake Springsteen after exchanging'flirty' messages with him. Celebrities and officials have warned fans to be vigilant and not'engage with these people or send them money', CBS Chicago reported. Fake social media accounts posing as celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen (pictured) are duping fans out of millions of dollars, it has emerged.
Election officials in 21 states have been notified by the Department of Homeland Security that hackers targeted voter registration systems ahead of last year's presidential election. In most cases, the systems were not breached. A small number of networks were compromised, but those affected were not involved in the actual tallying of votes. In most of the states, the targeting involved preparatory activity, such as scanning computer systems. Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin had confirmed they had been targeted as of Friday evening.
Russia's attack on US electoral system was further reaching than the federal government initially said and it included attempts to meddle with systems in a majority of states, a report on Tuesday revealed. Hackers got into databases and software systems in 39 states - twice as many as the government has said, Bloomberg reported. In one state they were able to access a campaign finance database. In Illinois, the attackers tried to delete and make changes to voter data, the news publication says. The Obama administration contacted the Kremlin about the menacing behavior through a back channel in October, two sources told Bloomberg, and warned that the interference could escalate into a full-scale conflict.
Undecided voter Ken Bone was the breakout star of the second presidential debate Sunday in St. Louis, Missouri, thanks to his gentle demeanor and inviting red sweater. Butfor some Americans, Bone is looking a little less adorable after a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Thursday. Bone, 34, an Illinois voter who asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a question about energy policy Sunday, told users on Reddit that he thought the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida was "justified," a comment that is sure to ruffle the feathers of many on the internet who helped make the lovable-looking coal plant operator a viral sensation. "From what I've read about the case, the shooting of Trayvon Martin was justified," Bone told Reddit users in a response to a question about the incident. Bone did go on to qualify his statement, saying he does not believe Zimmerman to be an upstanding citizen.
A well-known social media journalist was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday after he was convicted of conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times' website and alter a story. Despite his role in the news media, federal prosecutors in Sacramento say Matthew Keys, 29, of Vacaville was simply a disgruntled employee striking back at his former employer. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller sentenced him Wednesday after he was convicted in October of providing login credentials to The Tribune Co.'s computer system. His attorneys said they plan to appeal. The company owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other media companies including FOX affiliate KTXL-TV in Sacramento.