Somebody with access to Justin Bieber's Twitter account was "hacked" on March 8th. And for a brief period of time, the attacker was able to publish as Bieber. It's hardly worth mentioning except for the fact that the Tweets included a bit.ly link — and offers a few interesting statistics.
How many Beliebers clicked on the bit.ly links?
70,381 in total.
And where did the clicks come from?
The USA was the source of nearly 24,000 clicks. (Finland apparently has 348 true Beliebers.)
70 thousand clicks from more than 50 millions followers — that's not a very big percentage overall. But still, not a bad result for the spammer considering the account was only compromised for 15 minutes.
Can Coviello provide a working definition of "cyber weapons" so that we may all renounce them?
2) That's difficult to argue with. Unless… what's Coviello's definition of a "cybercriminal"? Aaron Swartz? I would like to know Coviello views on Computer Fraud And Abuse Act reform.
3) I didn't realize the Internet's primary purpose was to allow "unfettered" economic activity. Hmm… not sure what to make of this. Seems an awful lot like he is demanding that the world respect —American— intellectual property rights.
Bitcoin markets have been experiencing significant ups and downs recently… so we thought we'd check on the current rate at the CryptoLocker Decryption Service. A specific keyword search located (a non-Tor) CDS at pyidtyncbecmg.net — hosted in Moscow.