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Twitter is ramping up account security measures for high-profile US politicians and media to prevent hacking ahead of 2020 elections

Twitter is rolling out new account security measures for certain American politicians, candidates, and news media ahead of the 2020 elections, the company announced in a blog post Thursday. Twitter is requiring the high-profile accounts to make stronger passwords and encouraging them to set up two-factor authentication to thwart hacking […]
Twitter is ramping up account security measures for high-profile US politicians and media to prevent hacking ahead of 2020 elections
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Federal agents are investigating another teen suspect in connection with the massive Twitter hack that compromised accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, and others

A fourth suspect is being investigated on suspicion of being involved in last month’s massive Twitter hack that hijacked dozens of high-profile accounts, The New York Times reported Tuesday. According to The Times, federal authorities are looking into a 16-year-old in Massachusetts who sources claimed may have played a key, […]
Federal agents are investigating another teen suspect in connection with the massive Twitter hack that compromised accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, and others
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A 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida, has been arrested in connection with the massive Twitter hack that hijacked dozens of high-profile accounts

A 17-year-old in Florida was arrested on Friday in connection with a major Twitter hack involving dozens of high-profile accounts. State prosecutors filed 30 charges of fraud, identity theft, and hacking against the teen, describing him as the “mastermind” of a “massive fraud.” Twitter said its internal controls were improperly […]
A 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida, has been arrested in connection with the massive Twitter hack that hijacked dozens of high-profile accounts
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Trump’s Twitter account was reportedly unaffected by Wednesday’s massive hack because Twitter has given it ‘extra protection’

President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was not compromised in Wednesday’s security breach because it has “extra protection,” according to a report from The New York Times. The account was given special protection after “past incidents,” The Times reports. In 2017, a Twitter contractor deleted Trump’s account for 11 minutes on […]
Trump’s Twitter account was reportedly unaffected by Wednesday’s massive hack because Twitter has given it ‘extra protection’
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A hacker forum obsessed with super-short ‘OG’ handles was selling Twitter account access for $3,000 days before the giant hack

Screenshots obtained by Business Insider and multiple reports have pinpointed a community of hackers who are obsessed with “OG” Twitter handles as a possible factor in Wednesday’s giant Twitter hack. The term “OG” stands for “original gangster” and refers to online usernames that are short, making them potentially desirable. In […]
A hacker forum obsessed with super-short ‘OG’ handles was selling Twitter account access for $3,000 days before the giant hack
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A prominent senator is calling out Twitter following its massive hack for not encrypting DMs — despite Jack Dorsey telling him the company was looking into it nearly two years ago

Sen. Ron Wyden said that Jack Dorsey told him in 2018 that Twitter was working on encrypted private messages, the senator said in a statement to Business Insider. “It has been nearly two years since our meeting, and Twitter DMs are still not encrypted, leaving them vulnerable to employees who […]
A prominent senator is calling out Twitter following its massive hack for not encrypting DMs — despite Jack Dorsey telling him the company was looking into it nearly two years ago
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Lawmakers are demanding answers from Twitter about the massive hack that took over accounts including Kim Kardashian and Bill Gates

State and federal lawmakers are asking Twitter to explain what led to the massive hack Wednesday that compromised prominent accounts including Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian, and Bill Gates. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Thursday asking Twitter to brief lawmakers […]
Lawmakers are demanding answers from Twitter about the massive hack that took over accounts including Kim Kardashian and Bill Gates
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Gov. Cuomo says New York will launch a ‘full investigation’ into the Twitter hack that compromised accounts belonging to Obama, Kim Kardashian, Bill Gates, and more

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state will launch an investigation into the Twitter hack that compromised dozens of prominent accounts Wednesday. Hackers took over accounts belonging to Kim Kardashian, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and others and used them to post messages urging people to […]
Gov. Cuomo says New York will launch a ‘full investigation’ into the Twitter hack that compromised accounts belonging to Obama, Kim Kardashian, Bill Gates, and more
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A Twitter employee reportedly gave hackers access to an internal tool that allowed them to take control of the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Gates

Hackers reportedly were given access to an internal tool from a Twitter employee that allowed them to conduct a massive hack on the social media platform on Wednesday, per a Motherboard report. A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that it’s still unclear if the employee hacked the accounts using the tool […]
A Twitter employee reportedly gave hackers access to an internal tool that allowed them to take control of the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Gates
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Twitter says ‘social engineering’ led to the massive hack that targeted high-profile accounts like Barack Obama and Jeff Bezos. Here’s what the technique involves and how to avoid it.

Twitter on Wednesday experienced a massive security breach that allowed hackers to perpetuate a bitcoin scam from the accounts of some of the site’s most high-profile users, including Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates. The company said that the hack appears to be the result of a “coordinated social […]
Twitter says ‘social engineering’ led to the massive hack that targeted high-profile accounts like Barack Obama and Jeff Bezos. Here’s what the technique involves and how to avoid it.