10,000 Twitter Accounts Get Hacked
There has been a security breach at Twitter—again.
This time the attack left over 10,000 accounts exposed and was carried out by LulzSec Reborn, a incarnation of the once powerful LulZSec hacking group. What’s perhaps not so shocking is the fact that the breach occurred through a Twitter-based app called TweetGif. In the last few years many of the breaches in Twitter security have come through its API and many blame Twitter for being too liberal with its API access.
One the one hand the criticism of Twitter being lax with its API is somewhat true, but on the other hand, it’s this liberal or democratic approach to development which has helped Twitter grow to its present status. Millions of Twitter users interact with the micro-blogging platform without setting a ‘digital foot’ on the platform itself. Sites like TwitPic has helped popularized areas of twitter that hitherto were not used heavily by people.
It’s not clear why the hacking group perpetrate the act but many believe they were just trying to show that LulzSec is not dead and is more than capable of penetrating the defences of most sites online. The group only recently hacked into Militarysingles.com and leaked over 171,000 accounts. I suppose then if the pulse-check was what they are after, they’ve got it.
Twitter hasn’t released any information about the full extent of the compromise but this sort of thing is so common that it’s probably back to business as usual.