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Anonymous falls prey to Twitter account hack

26 Feb 2013 10:58 GMT Back
Anonymous falls prey to Twitter account hack
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Anonymous, the group behind last week’s Burger King Twitter account security breach, has had its Twitter account hacked. 

The Anoymous Twitter account was down for several hours after it was hacked by rival hackers the Rustle League.

Security breaches of global brands like Burger King raise questions about the security on social media platforms such as Twitter. Branded Twitter accounts currently have the same security as personal ones – a username and a password.

Brands that use Twitter to promote themselves have a sales representative to help manage their account but no extra security. 

“Twitter and other social media accounts are like catnip for script kiddies, hacktivists and serious cybercriminals alike,” Mark Risher, chief executive at Silicon Valley start-up Imperium told The New York Times

“Twitter needs to step up its game in providing better security,” Ian Shafer, founder and chief executive of digital advertising company Deep Focus said in another New York Times article. 

As The New York Times reported, Twitter risks offending potential business partners as it tries to build its advertising revenue. In 2012, Twitter grew more than 100%, earning $288.3m in global advertising revenue, according to eMarketer. 

In a blog post, Twitter gave its users some tips on how to protect their passwords. However it didn’t say what the social media giant is planning to do at its end to protect accounts, especially big brand accounts. 

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Smarayda Christoforou

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