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The hacker group known as OurMine managed to take a hold of the Twitter account of Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey. @Jack was apparently compromised through his Vine account. It is currently believed that the Vine account may have shared an older password with another account.
The password was leaked, without Dorsey’s knowledge, and found on one of many sites openly hosting such databases. The other main theory is that Jack Dorsey had his Vine linked to another social media account and that OurMine hacked that account.
Although no evidence of the hack is to be found not that Jack Dorsey recovered his account, it did happen and some of the Internet was awake to watch it happen.
OurMine let the world know that even for a few minutes, they were able to get to the CEO of Twitter. Everyone else is now left to wonder who is safe from hackers.
The short answer is that the majority of people are safe from hackers. The only reason @Jack was hacked is because he is the CEO of Twitter. And because he had one or two old passwords on websites without two-step authentication.
Jack Dorsey Authored The First Public Tweet
Celebrities, or better said, people with any amount of fame whatsoever, are selected because they are well known. OurMine was in no way coy about they were doing; they treated the hack like an advertising gig.
Whenever a celebrity gets hacked, the Internet catches wind of it and then the hacker openly or covertly gets the recognition and credit they were looking for.
The double-edged of news reporting is that the people need to know that Twitter has flaws in its security. Or when it is not Twitter’s fault, people need to know that they have flaws in their security.
Passwords need to be kept up to date, preferably unique and elaborate. Authenticators or two-factor authentication need to be used whenever available. Additional forms of security for private and personal data needs to be asked for and implemented by the user.
Twitter has been in the news recently concerning, hacks, leaks, and more hacks. It is a very popular platform. The average number of monthly active users in the first quarter of 2016 was over 310 million.
Twitter insists they do not have a security issue and until they change that song, the vulnerability is most likely on the user’s side. People who use the same password for multiple accounts are urged to change it. If hackers can find a loophole for Jack Dorsey, they can most likely find one for each of us if they bothered to look.
Image Courtesy of Twitter.