San Francisco, California–After the Reddit DDos attack, the second largest social media site has come to the forefront of the news as another one of its most prominent users, the Associated Press, had its account hacked.
Following the compromised security, the Syrian Electronic Army, who is taking credit for the breach, tweeted there had been an explosion at the White House and President Obama had been injured.
Just after the fake tweet appeared on the Associated Press’ handle, the DOW fell steeply. The news industry quickly sprung into action and the internet came alive with buzz with possible connections to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Now, the social microblog is introducing a Twitter two-step security feature in an effort to drastically reduce the amount of handles being compromised by hackers breaking into legitimate accounts.
Implementing the Twitter Two-Step Solution
While social media is making inroads into new areas like health care, it’s security has been called into question. In the past, the BBC, 60 Minutes, and other high profile account handles have been hacked. But putting in place a Twitter two-step security solution ought to make that largely a thing of the past.
The Twitter two-step security feature, also known as a two-factor or multifactor authentication procedure requires users logging on from previously used devices to enter a random code, which is sent to a mobile device via text message or a smartphone app. Without both the password and the random code, the account cannot be accessed.
With the two-factor authentication requirement, hackers would not have access to the user’s smartphone to receive the random code to bypass the security. The Twitter two-step security roll out comes just a couple of months after the social network posted a job listing for software engineers to focus on security protocols.
Iteration Likely to Follow an Introductory Roll Out
News organizations haven’t been the only accounts hacked, the list includes celebrities, sports figures, and politicians. The latest victim, the AP, believes the hack came after a successful phishing campaign, in which someone in the organization was tricked into divulging the handle password.
What now is likely to happen is a quick roll out of the Twitter two-step authentication system, with iterations to follow later on to make it more usable and sophisticated. These types of solutions might come into standard use, given the future of privacy concerns.