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Keep calm and change your password regularly. What Twitter should avoid is a knee-jerk reaction that can potentially upset its users. Twitter already has this tendency to lock accounts due to “suspicious activities” even though your activity only involved logging in successfully on the first try. And the only way to unlock said account is to hand over your telephone. Smart right? What tweeps wouldn't want is another service, another bunch of hoops to jump on that makes no difference in the end. But is this even legit? How do we know this isn't something they cooked up? One thing the public can do is wait for a while. If Twitter is going to roll out another service directly related to this story, then yes, this was a PR campaign designed to scare users into acquiescing to yet another form of control… otherwise, probably it's legit and he indeed got hacked.

The only thing people really can do to secure their social media accounts is use longer passwords and change them periodically, like four times a year.

Until such time social media platforms hardened their infrastructure (like the banking system) and application program interface (API) and/or implement a more secure online presence, we can all bet hackers will continue to bombard their portals with automated probes.

If this is credible news, this isn't shocking. This was bound to happen, the guy is THE CEO.

Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his Twitter account hacked Friday afternoon, with hackers tweeting numerous racial slurs as well as a bomb threat. Tweets from the hackers began shortly before 1pm Friday, and were removed after about 20 minutes.

The hackers also retweeted a number of other offensive messages, including one stating that “Nazi Germany did nothing wrong.”

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the incident on Twitter, promising that the company was investigating the circumstances:

The tweets in question were apparently sent with the use of Cloudhopper, a mobile messaging app that the company acquired back in 2010. It's likely that the hackers didn't actually use Cloudhopper's app, but instead a backend interface built for Cloudhopper that hadn't been properly secured.

Developing. Janko Roettgers/@Variety

[ Update 2019-08-30 ]

As it turns out, this hacking incident was likely due to a SIM swap and not an application hack, as a result of a cell carrier’s security oversight. What people need to do is stay calm and not panic. Avoid knee-jerk reactions, like signing up for more online security services, which most often only gives you a false sense of security. Nothing online is really secure, because people make mistakes, but one can try to secure their online presence and digital assets. When I say “people”… I mean users and people who run tech companies who provide the services and sell tech gadgets. What users can do is be mindful with what information they share online and to use stronger passwords. That’s all there is to it.

Source: Variety, full story, Update from The Verge

 

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