Monday, January 05, 2009

Twitter Hack

"This morning we discovered 33 Twitter accounts had been "hacked" including prominent Twitter-ers like Rick Sanchez and Barack Obama (who has not been Twittering since becoming the president elect due to transition issues). We immediately locked down the accounts and investigated the issue. Rick, Barack, and others are now back in control of their accounts."
You can read more for a while on the Twitter site:

http://blog.twitter.com/2009/01/monday-morning-madness.html


We have said it before and repeat now. Passwords are a crummy way of doing Internet security. People forget their passwords and then contact the site to get a new password. the bad guys can do this to your account too! BUT, this NEW hack was completely different from this problem!

From Twitter:
The issue with these 33 accounts is different from the Phishing scam aimed at Twitter users this weekend. These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses to help people do things like edit the email address associated with their Twitter account when they can't remember or get stuck. We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline. We'll put them back only when they're safe and secure.
So what should YOU do?

Don't put anything important on these sites. Don't tell people where you are, that you are drunk and naked, and that you have a bunch of cash with you! Be very careful when you answer "official" e-mail messages. Pray a lot.

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