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International Business Times - Risky Business: Understanding Corporate Risk In Social Media

The growth of social media has brought about many benefits, providing a way for people to connect, communicate and organize. It's obviously also had negative impacts. It's enabled the rise of fringe movements and beliefs galvanized by social media activity, for example. Another, lesser understood issue around social media use is the cybersecurity risk it introduces.

The CyberWire - Bad password practices. Data scraping and data dumps. Sidestepping privacy protections. No honor among thieves.

CyberNews - Facebook data leak: you should be on the lookout for scams

A database containing 533M Facebook users’ data resurfaced on the internet, only this time for free. It means that more malicious actors can exploit data, and so you should be on the lookout for suspicious emails or messages.

The Motley Fool - Is It Time to Buy AMC Entertainment Stock?

Retail traders are once again pouring into heavily shorted stocks to trigger short squeezes, and AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) is one of their main targets. Shares in this embattled movie theater operator have risen by a jaw-dropping 333% so far in 2021.

CNBC - The role bot-like accounts may have in moving Reddit-fueled trades

Aaron Barr, PiiQ Media co-founder and chief tech officer, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss PiiQ’s findings on whether large bot armies moving the market.

The CyberWire - Post-Solorigate breach laws and cloud procurement policy. Private data on ICE. SEC halts trading in social-media-pumped stocks.

Cryptonews - Ex-WallStreetBets Mods Aim to Turn WBS 2.0 Decentralized & Tokenized

A group of moderators from the subreddit behind GameStop (GME) short squeeze, which made the headlines across the globe, WallStreetBets (WBS), is now planning to take a path of decentralization and build a smart contract-based pool.

Communications of the ACM - Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds

Analysis by cybersecurity company PiiQ Media determined that bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other meme stocks, suggesting foreign actors' participation in the trading frenzy fueled by social news aggregation, Web content rating, and discussion website Reddit.

Newsweek - GameStop sent soaring again but hedge funds are fighting back

GameStop's stocks are surging again following weeks of volatility on the stock market, sparked by a group of Reddit users who came together to short squeeze the hedge funds that bet against the video game store chain.

Business Insider - GameStop, AMC, and other Reddit favorites climb as day traders look to reignite momentum

GameStop, AMC Entertainment, and other so-called meme stocks gained on Monday as retail investors looked to fuel new rallies.

The video-game retailer rose as much as 10.1%. AMC climbed 13.7%. BlackBerry and Express swung 5.2% and 7.4% higher.

International Business Times - Bots hyped GameStop stock on social media, cybersecurity firm reveals

Acybersecurity firm discovered that bots hyped GameStop stocks on different social media platforms. These intelligent programs were the ones that promoted the stocks, which led to its quick rise in February.

CoinDesk - Bots Encouraged Buying of GameStop, Dogecoin in Meme Trading Craze: Report

The buying frenzy that sparked a rush into GameStop (GME) and dogecoin (DOGE, -13.02%) recently was likely amplified by trading bots, according to analysis from a Massachusetts-based cybersecurity company.

Yahoo Finance - Bots Encouraged Buying of GameStop, Dogecoin in Meme Trading Craze: Report

The buying frenzy that sparked a rush into GameStop (GME) and dogecoin recently was likely amplified by trading bots, according to analysis from a Massachusetts-based cybersecurity company.

The Verge - Cybersecurity firm says social media bots hyped GameStop during trading frenzy

A cybersecurity firm found that bots were promoting GameStop stock on social media before and after the stock’s frenzied rise last month, Reuters reported. Massachusetts-based PiiQ Media says social media bots promoted Dogecoin, GameStop, and other “meme” stocks in posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The firm estimated that tens of thousands of bots participated, but it’s still unclear how much influence they had or didn’t have on the rise and fall of GME and other stocks.

Mashable - Did bots help push GameStop and other ‘meme stocks’? A new report says yes

Were bots behind the GameStop stock surge from less than $20 per share to nearly $350 per share? One cybersecurity firm is saying that may very well be the case.

Engadget - Social media bots may have fuelled the GameStop stock frenzy

The GameStop stock frenzy appears to largely have been the product of Reddit users and trading apps like Robinhood, but some of its contributors might not have been human. According to Reuters, cybersecurity firm PiiQ Media has determined that people were using social media bots to promote GameStop, Dogecoin and other "meme" investments. Posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube hopped on trading keywords like GME (GameStop's stock symbol) and "hold the line," starting around the opening of trading and surging toward the end.

Gizmodo - Bots Reportedly Helped Fuel GameStonks Hype on Social Media

The so-called GameStonks saga had some help from automated bots hyping up “meme” stocks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, according to an analysis by the cybersecurity firm PiiQ Media reviewed by Reuters.

The Daily Caller - Study Finds Online Bots Helped Hype GameStop Stock

A recent white paper from PiiQ Media says that bots on several social media sites were building coordinated hype around so-called “meme stocks” like GameStop, Reuters reports.

New York Post - Bots hyped GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds

Bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other “meme” stocks, according to an analysis by Massachusetts-based cybersecurity company PiiQ Media, suggesting organized economic or foreign actors may have played a role in the Reddit-driven trading frenzy.

U.S. News & World Report - Bots Hyped up GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds

Nasdaq - Bots hyped up GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds

Reuters - Bots hyped up GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds

Daily Mail - Bots hyped up GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds

Financial Post - Bots hyped up GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds

The Globe and Mail - Bots hyped up GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds

The Telegraph - Bots hyped up GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop Corp and other "meme" stocks, according to an analysis by Massachusetts-based cyber security company PiiQ Media, suggesting organized economic or foreign actors may have played a role in the Reddit-driven trading frenzy.


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