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Twitter boosts security after hacks

Logo of Syrian Electronic ArmyThe Syrian Electronic Army claims to have been behind some of the highest-profile attacks

Micro-blogging site Twitter says it is bringing in an optional two-step login for users to beef up security following recent high-profile breaches.

The company said it would introduce the new system “to make sure it’s really you” when a user signs in.

Recent attacks broke into news organisations’ accounts, such as the Financial Times and the newswire service the Associated Press (AP).

One tweet sent from AP’s hacked account said President Obama had been injured.

Some attacks have come from political organisations, notably the Syrian Electronic Army, which appears to act in support of President Assad’s government.

It claimed credit for hacking several news organisations, including AP.

Two-step

Twitter product security head Jim O’Leary said that despite the new security plans, users should start out with a strong password:

“Of course, even with this new security option turned on, it’s still important for you to use a strong password and follow the rest of our advice for keeping your account secure.”

Twitter said the new system would allow users to opt in to a two-step system that would require a verification code for each sign-in.

Mr O’Leary said this would be simple: “You’ll need a confirmed email address and a verified phone number. After a quick test to confirm that your phone can receive messages from Twitter, you’re ready to go.”

A message would then be sent to the account holder’s mobile phone with a verification code to login with.

Other security breaches suffered by Twitter included one in February, when 250,000 users had their passwords stolen in an attack.

News organisations including the BBC were warned by Twitter last month to tighten security in the wake of the high-profile hacks, one of which got into the BBC’s weather feed.


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Mike Epps Club Brawl — Security Footage Shows Comic Charging Heckler

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TMZ has obtained security footage of the Mike Epps nightclub fight … which DOES show the comic charging after another man … but DOES NOT show anyone firing a gun.

We broke the story … the LAPD responded to a Hollywood club Monday night after someone called cops to report a shot fired inside the venue, following a scuffle between Mike and another man.

Sources tell TMZ … before the fight, Mike had been “heckled” by a man who was hanging around Mike’s private VIP table that night … and Mike decided to go outside in an effort to cool off.

But as Mike got close to the front door, he and the heckler crossed paths … and the video shows Mike rushing after the man in anger. The camera rolled as drinks start to fly … and security scrambled to take control of the situation.

Moments after the skirmish, Mike can be seen with his private security team inside the club … while the rest of the clubgoers continue to dance, unfazed by the melee.

Cops responded to the scene a short time later — and the club was cleared out due to the report of a gunshot. But sources tell us, a search of the premises did NOT turn up a shell casing or a bullet hole. No arrests were made.

According to sources, the party was a private event — unaffiliated with the club at large — and Epps’ team personally managed the guest list.

We reached out to Epps for comment — so far, no word back.


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Security Guard Suing Russell Brand Says Actor Screwed Up His Knee Royally

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Security Guard Says R.B. Screwed Up His Knee
… Royally

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A security guard who is suing Russell Brand says the actor was trying to escape paparazzi when R.B.’s Range Rover plowed into him.

Victor Sneed’s lawyer, Bob Fink, tells TMZ, his client — who works as a security guard at an L.A. medical center — was doing his job in January when Russell came out of the facility … to a gaggle of photogs.

Fink says Russell jumped in his Range Rover and tried to leave and in the process struck Sneed from the front.  Russell stopped and asked a dazed Sneed if he was ok — Fink says his client was too stunned to answer so Russell left.

Fink tells us … Russell sent one of his people back to the scene and gave Sneed his personal info.  Fink says Russell wanted to settle it without going to the insurance company but that didn’t happen.

Now Fink says, his client is hobbling around with a knee brace and may need surgery.  Fink says Sneed’s back is also screwed up.

So far, the insurance company hasn’t offered a settlement and that’s why Sneed sued Brand.


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Security Guard Suing Russell Brand Says Actor Screwed Up His Knee Royally

Russell Brand
Security Guard Says R.B. Screwed Up His Knee
… Royally

EXCLUSIVE

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A security guard who is suing Russell Brand says the actor was trying to escape paparazzi when R.B.’s Range Rover plowed into him.

Victor Sneed’s lawyer, Bob Fink, tells TMZ, his client — who works as a security guard at an L.A. medical center — was doing his job in January when Russell came out of the facility … to a gaggle of photogs.

Fink says Russell jumped in his Range Rover and tried to leave and in the process struck Sneed from the front.  Russell stopped and asked a dazed Sneed if he was ok — Fink says his client was too stunned to answer so Russell left.

Fink tells us … Russell sent one of his people back to the scene and gave Sneed his personal info.  Fink says Russell wanted to settle it without going to the insurance company but that didn’t happen.

Now Fink says, his client is hobbling around with a knee brace and may need surgery.  Fink says Sneed’s back is also screwed up.

So far, the insurance company hasn’t offered a settlement and that’s why Sneed sued Brand.


TMZ.com

Mariah Carey Shows Up To Idol Auditions With Added Security After Nicki Minaj Feud!

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Uh oh!

Looks like Mariah Carey stuck to her word about hiring extra security to protect her from fellow Idol judge, Nicki Minaj!

After Mariah shared her side of the feud with Barbara Walters just yesterday — which led to Nicki blasting her on Twitter — she showed up at auditions today with some back-up!

Check out the pics of Mimi in Nicki’s signature Barbie pink (above) in Baton Rouge!!

Well… that popo looks like he’s packin’ some heat and so does the bodyguard, LOLz!

Watch out, Nicki — seems like Mz. Carey is one diva you wouldn’t want to mess with!

[Images via Pacific Coast News.]

Tags: american idol, audition, auditions, baton rouge, bodyguard, diva, feud, idol, mariah carey, nicki minaj, security

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Mariah Carey Runs To Barbara Walters! Claims She's Hired Security To Protect Her From Nicki Minaj!

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Oh boy… it seems the American Idol feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey is FAR from over!

While it’s been reported that the ladiez have made up and continued to go about their judging jobs, that clearly does NOT seem to be the case!

Recently, Barbara Walters chatted to Mariah for her side of the story — which Babs shared on The View this morning!

While Nicki’s gun comment was NOT recorded, Mariah supposedly is still worried about her safety, telling Barbara:

“Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch.’”

Not only that, but Mariah told Mz. Walters that she’s even hired extra security to protect her from Nicki’s “unpredictable” ways!!!

Mariah also said that Nicki has yet to apologize and that Minaj even told her that another fight may ensue — to which Carey told her it will not!

Supposedly Mimi is especially worried because she brings her two young twins on set with her!

Barbara claims she reached out to Nicki for her side of the story, but the Starships songstress has yet to call.

Wow, how are they going to manage to get through the rest of the audition cities… let alone the entire season that’s ahead of them?!

[Images via WENN.]

Tags: american idol, barbara walters, feud, gun, mariah carey, nicki minaj, security, the view

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Mariah Carey Runs To Barbara Walters! Claims She's Hired Security To Protect Her From Nicki Minaj!

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Oh boy… it seems the American Idol feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey is FAR from over!

While it’s been reported that the ladiez have made up and continued to go about their judging jobs, that clearly does NOT seem to be the case!

Recently, Barbara Walters chatted to Mariah for her side of the story — which Babs shared on The View this morning!

While Nicki’s gun comment was NOT recorded, Mariah supposedly is still worried about her safety, telling Barbara:

“Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch.’”

Not only that, but Mariah told Mz. Walters that she’s even hired extra security to protect her from Nicki’s “unpredictable” ways!!!

Mariah also said that Nicki has yet to apologize and that Minaj even told her that another fight may ensue — to which Carey told her it will not!

Supposedly Mimi is especially worried because she brings her two young twins on set with her!

Barbara claims she reached out to Nicki for her side of the story, but the Starships songstress has yet to call.

Wow, how are they going to manage to get through the rest of the audition cities… let alone the entire season that’s ahead of them?!

[Images via WENN.]

Tags: american idol, barbara walters, feud, gun, mariah carey, nicki minaj, security, the view

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Flo Rida Sued Over Tony Montana-Style Security System

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Flo Rida‘s Miami mansion is practically Fort Knox … with a complex $ 58,000 state-of the-art security system — problem is, he’s refusing to pay for it … this according to a new lawsuit.

Flo is being sued by ADT — the largest home security company in the United States — which claims in 2009 it wired up Flo’s home with a system that included dozens of sensors, smoke detectors and at least 27 security cameras.

In the lawsuit, ADT provided a copy of the contract … which was signed by a man named Lee Prince — who is reportedly Flo’s manager.

According to the lawsuit, Flo paid the initial deposit — $ 19,366.66 — but after the work was completed, he never forked over the remaining $ 38,733.

Now, ADT wants the money PLUS interest, totaling $ 47,134.40.

Here’s where it gets crazy — Flo Rida has fired back at the suit … saying he NEVER authorized the work despite Prince’s signature … and claims he doesn’t owe ADT a dime.

A judge has yet to rule.


TMZ.com

Jennifer Aniston Is Pregnant?! Home Security Footage Leaked!

Holy shiz, Perezcious readers!

We KNEW Jennifer Aniston was hiding something!! She looks like she’s about to pop any day now… no wonder there was word of a December wedding!

Preggers with triplets, too?! CRAY!

Check out the leaked home security footage (above)!!!

LOLz! Wonder what Jimmy Kimmel must be like to have as your kid? And an alien, too, for that matter!

Of course, Jennifer is NOT pregnant, though this HIGHlarious promo for SmartWater is probably one of the BEST we’ve seen!

After all these years, we knew Rachel’s hair was too good to be true! Ha!

Tags: baby bump, footage, jennifer aniston, jimmy kimmel, preggers, pregnant, promo, security, smartwater

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