Big Social Media Villains and How to Fight Them

Opinion: There are hackers, pirates, spammers, trolls and more

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Late on a Saturday night in October 2016, hackers unlocked the Twitter account of Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes.

Under the cover of night, they laid a trap for unsuspecting contacts, posting “Hey, it’s OurMine Team, we are just testing your security, please send us a message.” IT experts confirmed that they’d entered through a Foursquare hack, crossing into Twitter as Holmes had enabled the application in the past.

The fact that the chief of a social media management company could fall victim to these ploys shows how adept hackers have become.

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