These past few days the topic of hacking social networks was risen again with the attack on Donald Trump’s Twitter account. In addition to his account, other famous account such as football player’s Darelle Revis’s account, major tech feeds and hacking groups like “Anonymous” have also been victims of social network hacking.
“Twitter has told its account holders that they need to be smarter with their passwords. In a blog post published on Tuesday, Bob Lord, director of Information Security, said: ‘Over the past couple of days, there’s been a fair amount of conversation about account security on Twitter,’ He urged users to have strong passwords. “Your password should be at least 10 characters that include upper and lower case characters, numbers and symbols,” he said.” (BBC News)
Investigations prevail with the idea that the passwords are the issue with these attacks recently and it is necessary for users to take care when creating passwords to ensure better safety.
The reason for these attacks are yet to be understood but with the targets being more than celebrity or end user oriented but organizations, tech groups and security companies as show that they are more than pranks and should be taken seriously – the reason for these attacks so far seems to be for loss of privacy to those attacked, a criminal offense that is has high fines and consequences such as prison stay.
Precautions to take include:
Report unknown, unverifiable, or harassing users.
Blocking users, emails, tweets or feed-backs that seem threatening.
Secure your account with better passwords.
BBC News; Hacking group Anonymous latest victim of Twitter hack; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21532858; February 21, 2013
Popkin, Helen A.S; Trump Twitter Mystery! Who Hacked the Donald?; http://www.cnbc.com/id/100481252; Feb 21, 2013
Yuscavage, Chris; “Darelle Revis Was the Victim of a Crazy Twitter Hacker Yesterday”; http://www.complex.com/sports/2012/07/darrelle-revis-was-the-victim-of-a-crazy-.twitter-hacker-yesterday; Jul 5, 2012.