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Trump’s ‘Twitter killer’ social media platform hacked on launch day



Hackers targeted the pro-Trump social media app on its launch day

Jason Miller, senior adviser to former US president Donald Trump launched the social media app GETTR on Sunday. Miller says over half a million people have registered to use the site.

The hacker was able to access to platform and change the names on several verified accounts to ‘@JubaBaghdad was here’.

“The problem was detected and sealed in a matter of minutes, and all the intruder was able to accomplish was to change a few user names,” Miller said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

Miller said the situation had been “rectified” when asked about security on the new social media site.

Who is ‘JubaBaghdad’?

The Twitter account listed on the hack has a pro-palestine pinned Tweet, with a bio ‘we work in the darkness, but serve the light’. They appear to be from Iraq. At the time of reporting, the account only is following 27 users.

JubaBaghdad pops up online across several hacker forums and platforms including Bugreader, and appears to have a history volunteering to make platforms more secure for users.

There is a Medium account with the same username and bio. It’s unclear whether these were the same person, and whether JugaBaghdad is actually responsible for the hack.

What is GETTR?

GETTR is a Twitter-style platform with posts and trending topics. The app advertised itself on the Google and Apple app stores as “a non-bias social network for people all over the world.” 

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Sunday described GETTR as “the Twitter killer” in a post on the new site.

Miller told Fox News earlier this week he hoped Trump would join but that the former president was considering a number of options. He said Trump was not funding the platform.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.


Germany recalls Tesla models due to emergency fault



Tesla is in the spotlight again, with Germany’s road traffic agency recalling models Y and 3 due to a fault in the automatic emergency call system

It’s a fault that could possibly impact around 59,000 vehicles globally.

Germany’s watchdog says a software flaw is causing a breakdown of the e-Call, a system designed to alert authorities after a serious accident.

The glitch follows the company delivered almost 18 per cent fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter than in the previous.

This is largely due to China’s Covid-19-related shutdowns and the ongoing supply chain crunch.

Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories in both Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars”.

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World’s first city to charge tourists for visiting



If you’re lucky to be heading abroad this summer, a visit to the famous canals in Venice, Italy might be on your itinerary, but beware of new fees to come.

Venice will charge most of its visitors an entry fee from next year as it tries to tackle overcrowding.

The city’s tourism chief says Venice are pioneers and will be the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary.

From mid January next year, day-trippers must book their visit online before travelling.

They will pay a basic fee of 3 euro, which will rise to 10 euro at peak times.

Tourism is bouncing back in Venice after the pandemic with daily visitors again often outnumbering the 50-thousand residents of the city centre.

The scheme will be closely watched by other popular tourist destinations, overwhelmed with travellers around the world.

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Pubs in UK declining by thousands, new research



It’s no secret Brit’s love their Pub Grub, but plating up Bangers and Mash is a tradition on the decline

The number of pubs in England and Wales is continuing to fall, hitting its lowest level on record this year

After struggling through Covid the industry now faced soaring prices and higher energy costs, it warned.

There were just under 40-thousand pubs in June, down by 7,000 in the past decade, according to new research.

In fact, thousands of pubs have closed as younger people drink less, supermarkets sell cheaper alcohol and the industry complains of being too heavily taxed.

Pubs which had “disappeared” from the communities they once served had either been demolished or converted for other purposes, meaning that they were “lost forever”.

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