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

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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.

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Companies to pay extra for verified Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk has announced that companies and brands will have to pay $1,000 per month – plus an additional $50 per sub-account – to get verified check-marks on Twitter

The new pricing falls under the new Twitter Blue for Business service.

Within the next few months, only paying Twitter customers will have verified status.

Twitter has stacked on $12.5 billion in debt, and this move hopes to increase subscription revenue to meet Musk’s obligations.

Advertisers halted spending on Twitter after the takeover, but Twitter has since announced partnerships with two brand-safety vendors to win back marketers.

Musk also announced that Twitter would start sharing ad revenue with creators for “ads that appear in their reply threads”, but didn’t provide further detail.

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BMW to invest €800 million in Mexico

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BMW is set to invest €800 million in Mexico, to produce its next generation of high-voltage and fully electric batteries

 
The carmaker is looking to convert more than half of its sales into all-electric cars by 2030.

Construction will begin next year with production beginning in 2027.

The announcement follows several other major expansions from the automaker in recent months, including a $1.7 billion investment in the United States.

The move will add around 1,000 new jobs to its Mexico operations.

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A British digital currency “later this decade”

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The Bank of England and Britain’s finance ministry think the UK is likely to need to create a central bank digital currency later this decade.

“On the basis of our work to date, the Bank of England and HM Treasury judge that it is likely a digital pound will be needed in the future,” the Telegraph quoted BoE Governor Andrew Bailey and finance minister Jeremy Hunt as saying in the joint report.

“It is too early to commit to build the infrastructure for one, but we are convinced that further preparatory work is justified,” the Telegraph quoted the report saying.

The BoE declined to comment on the Telegraph article, but said a joint consultation on CBDC issues would be published shortly.

A government source said the report would be published next week.

BoE Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe is due to give a speech on Tuesday to update the finance industry on the BoE’s CBDC work.

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