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FILE - In this  June 1, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer as he visits Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice President Biden is “alone, hiding, diminished.” The ad blurs details that show Biden is praying in a church.  The ad was tweeted by @TeamTrump on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ____ CLAIM: Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice...

Pages from the U.S. State Department's Global Engagement Center report released on Aug. 5, 2020, are seen in this photo. The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation. The department detailed a Russian-backed misinformation cycle that spreads false information online through state officials and state-funded media reports, by infiltrating U.S. social media conversation, and leveraging a deceptive internet framework of websites. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

Aug. 5, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation. The disclosure on Wednesday was rare for the Trump administration,...

Porn, rap interrupt Zoom hearing of Twitter hacking suspect

Aug. 5, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The online bond hearing for a Florida teen accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts was interrupted Wednesday by rap music and pornographic videos from users who apparently disguised their names. The interruptions — including one by a user who shared a screen and took over...

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Fla., released the photo Graham Ivan Clark, 17, after his arrest Friday, July 31, 2020. Clark is accused of hacking Twitter, gaining access to the account of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and many others. Clark was able to scam people around the glove of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Tampa teenager accused in Twitter hack pleads not guilty

Aug. 4, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen identified as the mastermind of a scheme that gained control of Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple counts of fraud. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, is accused of using the hijacked Twitter accounts...

FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter says the hackers responsible for a recent high-profile breach used the phone to fool the social media company's employees into giving them access. The company revealed a few more details late Thursday, July 30, 2020 about the hack earlier this month, which it said targeted “a small number of employees through a phone spear phishing attack.”  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack

Aug. 1, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier this month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the...

Steve, right, and Chris Brophy, husband and wife owners of Brickley's Ice Cream, look out from the store they closed after teenage workers were harassed by customers who refused to wear a mask or socially distance, in Wakefield, R.I., Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Misinformation on coronavirus is proving highly contagious

Jul. 29, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures. The phenomenon, unfolding largely on social media, escalated this week...

FILE - This Wednesday, July 15, 2020 file photo shows rolls of coins in a container at a market in Nanticoke, Pa. On Friday, July 24, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly denying the existence of a coin shortage in the U.S. The shortage is real, says The Federal Reserve, which manages the country's coin inventory. Coins aren’t being circulated because businesses are closed and sales are down during the pandemic. (Sean McKeag/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 24, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: There is no coin shortage. Coins get recirculated, they don’t just...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, right, gestures beside his wife Janet Hill during a media conference on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlingame, Calif. Wozniak is launching a legal attack against Google's YouTube video site for allowing con artists to use him as a pawn in a Bitcoin scam believed to have heisted millions of dollars from people around the world. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak slams YouTube for scam videos

Jul. 23, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is launching a legal attack against Google's YouTube video site for allowing con artists to use him as a pawn in a Bitcoin scam believed to have heisted millions of dollars from people around the world. The personal computer pioneer vented his...

FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls in one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, highlighting a major flaw with the service millions of people have come to rely on as an essential communications tool. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Q&A: What's behind the Twitter Bitcoin hack?

Jul. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls on Wednesday in one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, highlighting a major flaw with the service millions of people have come to rely on as an essential communications...

FILE - This April 3, 2013, file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in an apparent Bitcoin scam. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Experts say Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust

Jul. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A breach in Twitter’s security that allowed hackers to break into the accounts of leaders and technology moguls is one of the worst attacks in recent years and may shake trust in a platform politicians and CEOs use to communicate with the public, experts said Thursday. The FBI said...