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Hackers just broke into HBO’s Twitter accounts amidst weeks of security breaches

Panel for HBO's 'The Deuce' TV show.
Panel for HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ TV show.

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The HBO hackers strike again — this time taking control of the network’s official social media accounts.

According to tweets posted on HBO’s Twitter, a group identifying themselves as OurMine breached HBO’s main account, claiming to be “testing” the security and encouraging the network to reach out for an upgrade.

The tweets were deleted shortly after being posted, and there doesn’t seem to have been any severe damage to the company this time around.

According to The New York Times, Twitter accounts for some of the network’s most popular shows like Game of Thrones and Girls were also hacked

OurMine, the group responsible for the breach, is infamous for targeting social media, and has successfully hacked Twitter accounts of Netflix, the WWE, and Marvel, to name a few. 

However, this hack is just one of many security troubles HBO has had to face in recent history. Last month, hackers successfully breached HBO’s security to gather 1.5 terabytes of data. Also, the network has endured weeks of leaked television episodes, scripts, and other significant data — the latest including everything from West World Season 2 shooting schedules to 27 separate Game of Thrones Season 7 “shooting [diaries].”

Variety reported that an exec offered a “bounty payment” $250,000 to hackers last month, however the hackers demanded around $6.5 million in Bitcoin from the network.

To make matters worse, just earlier this week on Wednesday, HBO learned that Game of Thrones episode 6, which is due to air this Sunday, had leaked online, and this time that leak appears to be HBO’s own fault. (HBO Spain accidentally made the episode available to subscribers for an hour before it was removed.)

While HBO’s latest Twitter breach isn’t necessarily related to the massive data dumps that have been occurring, the timing certainly isn’t great.

Though no financial action appears to have been taken yet to prevent additional leaks, HBO should probably figure out how to get its sh*t together soon.

Mashable reached out to HBO for comment.

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All the people (and things) Trump actually thinks are racist

"I am not racist, but all these other things are!"
“I am not racist, but all these other things are!”

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President Donald Trump has had an especially hard time convincing Americans he’s not racist this week.

What with blaming “many sides” and the “alt-left” after this weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville — despite white supremacists and neo-Nazis being at the heart of the protests against the removal of a Confederate statue — he’s making it pretty hard to believe otherwise. 

Trump received a great deal of backlash for refusing to directly condemn white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis until Monday, and that statement was undermined by his off-the-rails press conference a day later that once again blamed “both sides,” emboldening the KKK and white supremacists. 

Trump has yet to denounce the hate groups that brought fear into Charlottesville’s streets, beginning with a racist, torch-lit march Friday night, on Twitter, his messaging platform of choice. Holding back on Twitter insults seems pretty unlike Donny Boy.

In fact, after searching through the depths of the Trump Twitter Archive, it’s clear Trump has no problem publicly decrying things and people as racist — so long as they’re not Nazis or white supremacists.

Barack Obama

First black president? Must be racist. So racist that he warranted another tweet.

Touré

This man wrote Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means To Be Black Now, so that makes sense? Right? According to Trump, Touré’s a very boring racist responsible for racist coverage on MSNBC and has bad ratings.

Jon Stewart

Is John Stewart racist? Well that YouTube video doesn’t work, so we can’t really say.

Danny Zuker

Zuker seems to have referenced an example of Trump being racist … but maybe he’s actually the racist one.

Bryant Gumbel

Another black man Trump accuses of being racist … Trump also called him a talentless, really dumb, man with a “long and deep record of failure.” But to be clear, Trump doesn’t think Gumbel’s stories are racist — just him.

Anthony Weiner

What do you even say to that?

Football coaches

Come again?

Black-ish

Forget the fact that the show is about a black man trying to raise his family in today’s society with a strong sense of cultural identity, Trump feels the title is racist.

Django Unchained

You know, the movie about a freed slave…

The Maryland Democrat Party

K.

Macy’s

Yes, the department store.

Bill and Hillary Clinton

You saw that one coming.

Elizabeth Warren

Ugh.

Tavis Smiley

How many black men does this make, Trump?

Turn the tables

While the archive shows many accusations from Trump, it also shows some of the many who’ve called him racist. Over the years big names like David Letterman, Al Sharpton, Donny Deutsch, and Mitt Romney have called the president racist — but he continues to assure us all he is not.

This all makes a lot of sense. Really.

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Obama’s Charlottesville response just became most-liked tweet in history

Legend.
Legend.

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Barack Obama may not be the president anymore but that’s not stopping him from making history.

In the wake of the deadly clash between neo-Nazi hate groups and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s usually eager Twitter fingers remained inactive for hours  while Obama rose to the challenge of addressing the nation.

Now, just days after the former president responded to the tragic violence with a powerful Nelson Mandela quote, his tweet has become the most-liked in history.

The record-breaking tweet in the series of three includes an image of Obama smiling through a window at four children, accompanied by Mandela’s words, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

The tweet quickly gained over 2 million likes by Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday a spokesperson from Twitter confirmed to Mashable it had become the second most liked tweet of all time.

Then on Tuesday night at approximately 10:07 p.m. ET, Obama’s tweet catapulted to the top of the Twitter totem, setting a new all-time record. The tweet netted an impressive 2,705,809 likes (and rising) at the time of writing. 

The second most-liked tweet now belongs to Ariana Grande, whose 2017 emotional message to fans after the deadly Manchester bombing attack at her concert received 2,703,448 likes. And of course, the third most-liked tweet in history goes to Ellen DeGeneres’ beloved Oscars selfie from 2014, with 2,418,912 likes.

But while Obama’s tweet may be the most liked, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed Tuesday it’s only the fifth most retweeted tweet ever —trailing behind Ariana Grande, Louis Tomlinson, Ellen DeGeneres, and of course, the infamous plea for Wendy’s chicken nuggets.

Still … not too shabby, right? What do you think, Trump?

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Instagram is updating its comments with conversation threads

Instagram comments just got a major upgrade.
Instagram comments just got a major upgrade.

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Today, Instagram announced a major upgrade to its comments section that will let people thread different conversations under a single post.

The feature was first reported as a test on Android apps earlier this summer, but now, the company is adding threaded comments to everyone’s accounts on both Android and iOS.

When users hit “reply” on a comment after today’s update, the comment will appear in a nested thread. Before the update, all replies lived in one column, making it difficult to have multiple conversations on the same post.

Instagram comment threads took a note from Facebook.

Instagram comment threads took a note from Facebook.

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You’ll notice that when you reply to a comment now, it will be slightly indented to the right of the original comment. This should make is way easier to reply to different people on a single post without muddling the entire comment section.

The update essentially makes Instagram posts similar to the threaded comments already seen on Facebook. Chatting back and forth on a post should become just as easy on Instagram as it already is on Facebook.

The threaded comments come with Instagram version 24 and above, so make sure you’re running the most updated version of the app. Instagram says the updates will be available globally in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes open if you don’t have it yet. And get ready for Instagram conversations to start being a lot easier to follow.

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Obama responds to Charlottesville with one of the most liked tweets in history

Barack Obama, you are missed.
Barack Obama, you are missed.

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After a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday, former president Barack Obama reached out on Twitter to comfort Americans.

While President Trump was silent on the platform, refusing to address the violent clash between hate groups and protesters for hours, Obama shared a powerful message in the form of a Nelson Mandella quote about hate and the potential to love.

The first of Obama’s three tweets has since become the third most-liked tweet in history, according to Esquire

The tweet, which featured a photograph of Obama peering at young children through a window, began the quote: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion…”

It quickly amassed over 2 million likes and 970,000 retweets, nearing other record-setting tweets like Ellen’s famous Oscars selfie, which got in impressive 2,419,012 likes back in 2014 and Ariana Grande’s 2017 tweet to fans after the deadly Manchester bombing attacks took place at one of her concerts. Grande’s emotional tweet currently holds the top spot on Twitter with 2,703,092 likes.

After his tweet, Obama then went on to finish the quote, writing “‘People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela.”

Obama was heavily praised for speaking up in wake of the tragic events that took place in Charlottesville, especially since Trump appeared reluctant to address the rally. Trump was criticized by notable political and cultural figures including Chelsea Clinton and J.K. Rowling. 

Eventually, he condemned violence “on many sides,” but didn’t explicitly call out white supremacists. 

Then, on Monday afternoon — two days after the fact — Trump gave an impromptu announcement to the press, while gazing deeply into his teleprompter. 

After bragging about the current strength of the economy, the president publicly addressed those at fault for the violence, condemning the racist actions of members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists.

Obama’s message just goes to show that quality of tweets is more valuable than quantity … take notes, Trump.

Mashable reached out to Twitter for additional comments.

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