Monday, 16 September, 2019

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has account hacked

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Russell Knight | 02 September, 2019, 07:58

Numerous tweets were retweeted from the accounts of the people suspected of hacking Dorsey.

"We take threats very seriously", a spokeswoman for Twitter said in response to a question about the bomb threat.

The hacker or hackers took control of Dorsey's account and kept some of the offensive tweets for about 10 minutes.

According to The Verge, the messages seem to have been sent Cloudhopper, a third-party service that allows users to tweet via text message.

One of the tweets from the hacked account said Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was innocent, while others contained derogatory comments about black people and Jews.

The incident comes as Twitter and Dorsey have promised to improve the "health" and civility of discourse on the social-media service, cracking down on hate speech and abuse. Even if Dorsey used two-factor authentication for his Twitter account, hackers have learned how to get around this extra security measure.

Twitter says its own systems were not compromised, instead blaming an unnamed mobile operator.

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At issue is a company called Cloudhopper that Twitter acquired in 2010.

Twitter shares were down less than 1 percent in after-hours trade following the hack.

Security researcher Brian Krebs said it appeared that Dorsey was the victim of a SIM swapping attack in which a mobile provider is tricked or otherwise convinced to transfer a victim's phone number to a SIM card controlled by someone else. "That issue is now resolved".

It goes beyond the failure of providing a phone number that can be accessed in a SIM swap - "even hardware key and authenticator app set up, but when I remove my phone number it disables ALL of my 2FAs and lets anyone login", the Levels said. Today, if a text is sent to 40404 from a USA phone number associated with a Twitter account, that account will post the text, and it will be labeled as coming from Cloudhopper.

Luckily, Twitter offers several more secure verification methods. You can protect yourself by adding a PIN code to your carrier account or registering web accounts like Twitter through dummy phone numbers, but those techniques can be too much to ask for the average user.

And that also means the value of online identities of those persons and organizations - sometimes not merely valuable but essential points - become tied to the platform - and how, and if, Twitter manages to protect those users and identities.

It's not a flawless solution, Krebs said, as your Google account could also get hacked via SIM swapping if you're set to receive text messages for two factor authentication for that account.

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