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Exxon's brand Hijacked on Twitter by a gal named Janet

Exxon Mobil's brand 'hijacked' by impersonator on Twitter reports thestandard.com. And unlike the Mad Men tweets (all posts linked below) this is not a fan-fiction case. Exxon hasn't approached Twiiter about this problem yet, but judging by how fast Twitter removed the Mad Men people (before coming to their senses), they might be just as quick to kill off Janet. All you got to do now is ask, Exxon. Is it fan fiction when were talking about a real company? Will be interesting to see how this one pans out.

But the user posing as "Janet" from ExxonMobil and posting what appeared to be legitimate "Tweets" is not authorized by Exxon Mobil to be posting about the company. Exxon Mobil does not know who "Janet" is or if he or she is even a company employee, Exxon Mobil spokesman Alan Jeffers said Monday.

"She is not an authorized person to speak on behalf of the company," he said. "There are several inaccuracies (on Twitter). We take great care in having authorized people speak on behalf of the company. We want to make sure anyone who is speaking for the company is doing so accurately."

At the end of the article, Shel Holtz, principal of Holtz Communication + Technology, gives out some free advice:

"Any company should be acquiring the Twitter account names that are most likely to be construed as official accounts," he noted. "Far too many organizations shrug off emerging social media channels like Twitter and Friendfeed. The Janet incident should make it painfully clear just how easy it is for somebody to step in and represent your organization with inaccurate and even damaging information using these very channels."


Going mad for Mad Men, again! 08/18/2008
Mad Men Tweets not issued by AMC - takedown notices sent 08/26/2008
Twitter and AMC get smart - reinstate the Mad Men Tweets. 08/27/2008
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Are you coder enough to crack these problems?

Agencies Peacock and Lonely Duck got together and created the 100%-flash based code-cracking website "welcome to the list" where there are lots of interesting programming problems to be solved. The ones who solve the problems the fastest have 100 jobs at ÅF to choose from - because this is actually a recruiting site. The game ends the 31st of October.

But that's not all that is hidden on this site, there are also 1500 Jolt Cola's hidden as easter eggs everywhere. And since I'm not looking for a job as a programmer, I challenge you to find more of them than I have! ;)

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Kauhajoki school shooting brings out the worst in banners

Right now, reports are still all over the place regarding the shooting at a school in Kauhajoki, Finland. Some say the gunman has killed himself, some say that he's been arrested - see the google news cluster.

TimesOnline

Finland's second school massacre in under a year began at 0800GMT in the town of Kauhajoki, about 180 miles (300km) northwest of Helsinki, and lasted slightly over an hour.

Initial reports said that police had managed to arrest the killer, but the town mayor told Reuters that he had turned the gun on himself.

What is certain in this tragic incident, is that once again the automatic ad targeting software was way to diligent over at Aftonbladet.se. When the first reports came in, a banner declared: Silence, I kill you! as seen in the screenshot taken by tomsun Måns Adler on his cellphone here. Ugh - whatever that banner is selling, I don't want to buy it.

 

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The JWT graduates are 10 times filtered...

The JWTgrads are 10 times filtered - just like the Smirnoff Vodka commercial that came out of JWT last year. I have no idea if this means that JWT graduates go well with some tomato juice, worcester sauce, tabasco and a stick of celery but I'll give anything a try once.

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More evil flash banner ads, this time they will hijack your clipboard.

It's been a while since we talked about banner ads being hijacked for malware spreading, sadly this does not mean that such banner tricks aren't around anymore. Here's a new twist - booby-trapped Flash banner ads can hijack your clipboard - feeding it a hard-to-delete (you must quit your browser) URL that points to a fake anti-virus program. If you are the type who copy-pastes a lot when you surf around the web, this will be super annoying.

Mac users, don't look smug - it affects us too. Apple forums has some discussions on it:

This has happened to me twice now, on two separate computers at work. My clipboard has been hijacked with this:
http:// ----evilsite-------
And once it's in the clipboard, I can't copy anything else over it until I've restarted the machine.

It's easy to use Flash with ActionScript code to load a malicious URL into a target clipboard says security researched Avid Raff and demonstrates it here (non-evil URL but at that link he will show you the clipboard hijack). See there is a snippet in Flash that you may use called System.setClipboard(), I have no idea what that was originally intended for. Flash documentation reads:

The System.setClipboard() method allows a SWF file to replace the contents of the clipboard with a plain-text string of characters. This poses no security risk. To protect against the risk posed by passwords and other sensitive data being cut or copied to clipboards, there is no corresponding “getClipboard” (read) method.

Right, except of course when people but evil URL's in your clipboard and trick you into visiting bad sites that way. Should we stop copy-pasting or will Adobe come to their senses and create a dialogue window warning that the clipboard is being used like they do when the Camera.get() or Microphone.get() are called?

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Big Brother meets the youtube generation - check out Atavathuset.se

Atavahuset is a flash heavy house-website-thingie where people who have webcams can sign up to move into the house. It's the insurace company Atava, who in order to celebrate their new home insurance built this web-house which is a bit like a cross between Big Brother and youtube.
Viewers can vote on people who live in the house - and thus vote the most boring channels off the island, errr.. out of the building. Right now I'm watching Christer, a 47 year old father of three vacuum his living room and I want to keep him in just for doing something as ordinary as that. There are a few Glamour-models in the house, the fresh faced and super-blond Olivia is currently talking about all of her neighbours saying that she watches Andrea the most. And she admits that she really likes Mikael - becase who doesn't? I love him too (clip inside).

Every day one person is evicted and a new one moves in and the game starts over again - check out the queue to move in here on the left. Listening to them all at once is rather funny, right now I can hear a guy saying "I'm in Atavahuset I'm currently on air all over Sweden! Check me out!" as he's on the phone to his friends "no, A T A V A-huset, my god don't you have internet?".

There's also chats in the house so that you may ask the people who "live" in it questions, and some cheeky bugger just asked Olivia the glamourmodel to show off some outfits. Hey! It's not that kind of house Mr!

The blog atavahuset.blogspot.com keeps tracks of what has been going on in the house.

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Can you guess the website by just one letter?

Hey kids. We've played the Can you guess the movie title from just one letter? (and no, surprise, they were not all Trajan Pro.)

Now lets do it again but web-nerdier - guess the website from just one letter!

Axonoid's guess the Logos is friendlier than the Movie guessing game as it's case insensitive and space insensitive. Go nuts.

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A life lived vicariously through spam - malspam headlines are a great source for laughs.

It is Malspam - fake news headlines tempting you to click something you shouldn't and forcefeeding your PC an .exe file that can do bad bad things. The Malspam campaigns began somewhere in June, but haven't dropped off much since from what I can tell.

However, their headlines provide endless laughs! On adlist we've amused ourselves by showing off the funniest headlines we've gotten - can you top any of these? There's a few key players often mentioned, Paris Hilton & Britney Spears reign supreme in the gossip-girl corner, while Bush and Cheney only show up rarely, sometimes even with either Paris or Britney.

Lets see what she's been up to lately, shall we?
"Paris Hilton Had Sex With Aliens" - you know, if we ever get confirmation that there is extraterrestrial life out there, I bet we'll get it in this way.

"Bisexual Paris Hilton likes Bush & Dick" we know that already, oh, did they mean George Bush and Cheney?

A few days later it appears she was feeling sinful, thus: "Paris Hilton Becomes Nun"

The by far scariest one yet, however, has to go to "Paris Hilton to Operate New Atom Smasher". We can't trust her to operate a car people.

Former Pop-diva Britney is repackaging old tricks it seems:

Britney: My Vagina Made Me Shave My Head - I'm trying very hard not to picture that. I don't want to know how that worked. What holds the razor?

"Britney Spears pregnant with antichrist" - I thought she already did that?

The "MSN Breaking News"-spam or CNN.net-spam usually revealed itself in their headlines choice of words. For example:
"MSN Breaking News: Iran Kicks America in the Nuts" - the nuts folks. Well, America does have it's fair share of nuts, I guess.

Of course, we can't escape Paris even here:
"msnbc.com: BREAKING NEWS: Paris Hilton Considered For Mother Teresa Role" - if there is a god he would smite us all for that.

This one is really good: "msnbc.com: BREAKING NEWS: Mike Tyson To Fight Michael Jackson" - what kind of fight? Who can sound most like a little girl? Will Tyson eat Jackson?

Politics and patriotism is always a big click-puller - therefore we get: "New National Anthem Proposed by Bush"

But then the "bizarre" headlines might get you to - how about: "Man killed by flying cocktail glass" - I swear it wasn't me.

Some people are crazier than others.
"S.D. man pleads guillty to harassing deeer" - I wonder what he did to that deer. "Hey doe-eye, you're looking fine today!"

Also - rock out to my home country "Swedish princess slaps town florist". Yeah, even our royals are crazy, that could totally happen.

" Facebook under attack by clones" - if only!

Now, my personal favorite because it is wrong on so many levels.

" Scientiists iisolate animal fart gene"

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Telia Sweden "pauses" Stureplan in Stockholm. Homage to Improv Everywhere, anyone?

Storåkers in Stockhom were so impressed by Improv Everywhere's fantastic Frozen Grand Central that they repeated the event, except as an ad for Telia's 'new' offering of the ability pause live TV which is like, so futuristic over here in the backwaters of Europe.

Lets have a look shall we? Improv everywhere:

Telia at Stureplan, Stockholm:

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Mocking marketing brilliance from this summer's Olympic commercials.

Current.com are mocking those Olympic tie-in ads - so well deserved. They point fingers at the Visa - Go World - Derek Redmond ad and Home Depot - Team USA as well as the by now classic odd couple - McDonald's and olympic athletes who would never eat that crud.

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