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Homeland Security chief says social media used in immigration vetting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said yesterday his department is consulting social media in reviews of immigratio...

 

Homeland Security chief says social media used in immigration vetting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said yesterday his department is consulting social media in reviews of immigration applications since the beginning of this year, hits back at criticism that the US authorities are not sufficient to weed out potential threats the safety.

The Department of Homeland Security has been criticized reports that it does not refer to regular social media during the selection procedure for visa applications.

Questions arise when it is that one of the shooters in the 2 December killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, Tashfeen Malik light, the United States or to a K1 fiancee visa. The Los Angeles Times reported that she pledged her support to the Islamic Jihad in a private Facebook post.

Johnson said his department began consulting social media early this year for the grant of certain immigration benefits, but did not specify which.

“We have policies in place regarding social media consultancy which in my judgment, especially in the current environment, was too restrictive,” Johnson told reporters at the unveiling of a renovated terrorism alarm.

“Under my leadership as Secretary, we actually begin social media consulting in connection with the granting of various immigration benefits and we will do more of this,” he added. “Any reports or partial reports to the contrary are simply untrue.”

He noted DHS consult databases intelligence and law enforcement databases if not screened for a “very” immigration benefits, but said social media is also helpful.

The monitoring of social media as a way to identify potentially violent extremists is debatable Tuesday examined by the Republican presidential candidates, with several candidates argument for larger studies of social media in terrorism.

Although there is no explicit prohibition order visa researchers treil social media accounts of applicants “, some agencies have been careful to make the visa application procedure, an Obama administration official.

Johnson has denied reports there was a policy in place in 2014 that agents prevented Malik screening before they entered the country.

“It would not be right,” said Johnson said. He declined to comment on the investigation, but noted public messages that Malik has its positions under an alias.

On Tuesday, two dozen Democrats Senate a letter to Johnson calling on DHS social media background checks as part required from the visa selection

(Additional reporting by Mark Hose Ball; Editing by Susan Heavey and Bill Rigby).

Twitter, social media are fertile ground for stock hoaxes

 

Twitter, social media are fertile ground for stock hoaxes

prominent short seller David Einhorn raised eyebrows last month when it appeared on Twitter that he had to deny tweeted about Herbalife Ltd.

“Apparently I have a twitter lookalike” said the hedge fund manager, adding that he did not intend “tweet on stocks.”

triggered Einhorn, founder of Greenlight Capital, was a post-suspension for a Twitter account called @ Greenlightcap with the text: “The tug of war HLF $ at the end to come down to which more money to play with. I would not be in place in time for Bill # TeamIcahn. “

This might mislead people into believing that Einhorn – the rare tweets as @ davidein tend to about poker – was picking sides in the struggle between two other large investors Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman, who opposed positions in Herbalife.

Einhorn is not the only short seller was imitated on Twitter, which has become an important source of information for many investors. At the end of January, the shares of public and Sarepta Inc. Therapeutics Inc. plunged after mails that were supposed to be selling the researchers.

“Twitter and pump dump is something that the market, even if they are just a new way for people to find the plans that were ever made,” said Keith McCullough, CEO of Risk Management Hedgeye New Haven, Connecticut. He uses Twitter and has more than 22,000 followers.

In these hoaxes, anonymous users to create accounts with names that sound like leader, negative feedback, and spark massive reductions. selling below shows how the rapid spread of information through social media can do to market volatility, and this is a warning to investors acting in particular verify that the new resource.

FBI monitors Facebook and Twitter, and told Reuters in November that social media will be a major part of his securities fraud. ‘S website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning that the scammers can use social media “to appear legitimate to hide behind the anonymity and reach many people at low cost.” And the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has implemented social media agents, forcing them to keep records of its use.

In January 2012, the SEC charged a counselor tries to sell fictitious securities by LinkedIn Corp., a caterer online social network for professionals.

“If some perpetrators have learned the hard way, using social media to defraud investors leave an electronic trail of footprints for our researchers to follow,” said John Nester, a spokesman for the SEC in Washington, DC

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investors may increase the risk of being deceived by the confidence of the Twitter accounts of users established and independent research on a tip or rumor.

In addition to Twitter, another popular site for traders Stocktwits.com, where users can send messages almost exclusively on the stocks. These sites are in some ways more advanced versions of online chat rooms that were popular during the dot-com boom. Rumors in the rooms flowed, and became a fertile ground for reliable information.

Twitter and StockTwits best filters – mimic Einhorn account was suspended shortly after the misleading post -. false information but the crane can not be entirely stopped

StockTwits

not allow discussions penny stocks “, as those most vulnerable to being pushed around,” said Howard Lindzon, based in San Diego company CEO.

Twitter, who do not respond to requests for comment, audit of accounts of public figures, with emphasis on the “users very popular in music, theater, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, advertising , business and other key areas of interest, “said the website.

analytical companies are also emerging to help companies navigate social media.

Activity in hearing audio chip maker, with a market value of $ 275 million, is an excellent example of the danger following sources that are not what they seem – and again social media scanners see an opportunity.

The first false tweet was posted on 8:44 New York on 29 January by someone who claims the short seller Carson Block of Muddy Waters are. Block is best known for exposing accounting problems and take short positions on a number of Chinese companies listed in the United States.

The share decreases

do not accelerate until after 2 hours, when trading arrested, and more than 300,000 shares traded within two minutes, much more than the daily average volume of the stock of approximately 186,000 shares.

Dataminr

, a New York-based Social Media Analytics company that monitors activity on Twitter stock, says he has a warning on the wrong tweet sent at 12:28 pm The company “was to its customers a rumor to warn in the market ahead of the market movement, besides providing the context of the truth of the message, “said general manager Ted Bailey Dataminr.

When

Dataminr refused to the text of the warning, the warning said transferred skepticism about public tweet, noting the increased activity of the account and the ‘proven expertise in the social graph. “

On the whole, these companies analytical scanning programs are not sufficiently advanced to be fully automated for the moment.

” We are strongly in favor of the human element in this, “says Emmett Kilduff, CEO Dublin-based Intel Aigle, a Social Media Analytics company that reports reviewed by a team of portfolio managers and analysts elders.

Another analyst

London based Knowsis, the filters warnings by market professionals. CEOs Oli Freeling-Wilkinson stated that the company believes that sends information, taking into account the location of the person, if they are an established professional market and how stocks react.

No system is in evidence, and feedback always expect much from time to time, goosed by Twitter at first, but later, as investors react to price movements. It is this aspect that people stay on their toes.

“There’s a pulse when the name of your movement can be seen like this, to shoot first and ask questions and find out why he moves, “said Sam Ginzburg, head of trading at the New York premiere in New York.

Facebook hacked, social media company says

 

Facebook hacked, social media company says

Facebook announced Friday that he was the target of a series of attacks by a group of unknown hackers, but he had found no evidence that the user information is compromised.

“Last month, Facebook has discovered that the security of our systems are the target of a sophisticated attack,” the company said in a blog post. “The attack occurred when a handful of people have visited a website developer mobile has been compromised.”

The Social Network, which says that more than a billion active users worldwide, said: “Facebook is not the only one in this attack, it is clear that the others were attacked and infiltrated recently.”.

The announcement follows the recent cyber attacks on Facebook

other major attractions. Twitter, the microblogging network office, said this month that was hacked, and that approximately 250,000 potential user accounts were compromised, attackers access to information, including user names and e-mail.

newspaper websites such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have also infiltrated, according to news agencies. These attacks were attributed by news agencies to Chinese hackers target coverage of China.