News in brief: Google teaches safety; new Twitter vulnerability

Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news

Google wants kids to ‘be internet awesome’

Google has launched a new interactive game, Interland, to teach children how to be safe online. Available on most of the major browsers, players visit four floating islands based on different principles. From learning how to ‘secure your secrets’ on the Tower of Treasure and how to ‘share with care’ on Mindful Mountain to finding out why ‘it’s cool to be kind’ on Kind Kingdom and how not to ‘fall for fake’ on Reality River.

Together with a classroom curriculum and a video series on YouTube, the Be Internet Awesome program encourages kids to be ‘smart, positive and kind online’.

Pavni Diwanji, vice president of engineering for kids and families at Google, said, “For kids to really make the most of the web, we need more than just helpful products: We need to provide guidance as they learn to make their own smart decisions online.”

Twitter bug allows tweeting from any account

Researcher Anand Prakash discovered a vulnerability in Twitter that would have allowed attackers to send tweets and upload videos to any account as well as delete videos and images from victim’s tweets, reports SC Magazine.

It was found in Twitter Studio, which is used to streamline the process of publishing video content, and is the second wide-ranging bug to be discovered in the tool.

Prakash explained on his blog, “I started looking out for security loopholes after the launch [of the Studio tool]. All API requests on studio.twitter.com were sending a parameter named “owner_id” which was twitter user id(publicly available and sequential) of the logged in user. Owner_id parameter was missing authorisation checks changing which allowed me to take actions on behalf of other twitter users.”

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