Twitter Pursuing Dual-Factor Authentication After 250,000 User Accounts Were Hacked
February 5, 2013 10:03 AM
comment(s) - last by
Better security in the works at Twitter
A few days ago, Twitter announced that it had detected a series of attempts to hacking the user accounts by unknown sources. Twitter says that the hack could have resulted in some of the accounts being compromised and the hackers stealing data. In response to the potential hack, Twitter moved to revoke the security tokens of all 250,000 user accounts and reset the passwords.
It looks like Twitter is now set to significantly increase the security on its user accounts. A job posting from Twitter is seeking a new worker to increase security by implementing two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication will make it nearly impossible for hackers to gain access to accounts even if they know the password.
Graham Cluley from security company Sophos said, "This is a splendid idea – I'm looking forward to it. It's something that we've wanted for some time. We've often said we would be prepared to pay for it – Twitter could monetize it by offering it to corporations and branded accounts. It would be pretty attractive."
Various other major websites use two-factor authentication including Google. The Twitter two-factor authentication service is expected to work similarly to the system used with Gmail. With Gmail, when the e-mail account is accessed from an unauthorized device a pin number is required that is sent to the account owner's phone number.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Maybe they should encrypt the LOGIN page?!
2/5/2013 12:12:38 PM
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I wonder what happens when people log in with their username and password on a page that isn't https? Oh yeah, that's right. A totally open cookie is created ripe for the pickin'.
Thank god I use the Disconnect extension on Chrome (I believe its also available on Firefox as well). It forces https on major sites like facebook, twitter, google, yahoo and linkedin if it is available.
RE: Maybe they should encrypt the LOGIN page?!
2/5/2013 10:55:55 PM
What login page are you referring to?
When I type in
I am automatically redirected to
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
Google Knocked by Analysts, But Shows Strokes of Brilliance in Q1 2014
April 18, 2014, 2:33 PM
Google Street View and reCAPTCHA Get Smarter with New Algorithm
April 17, 2014, 9:02 AM
Mt. Gox CEO Refuses to Come to the U.S. in Financial Crimes Probe
April 16, 2014, 3:50 PM
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Home Reception Slower than Expected, Social Graph Will Pick Up
April 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
FBI's Facial Recognition Database to Have 52 Million Criminal, Non-Criminal Photos by 2015
April 15, 2014, 2:56 PM
Microsoft's Anti-Google "Scroogled" Campaign May Have Ended
April 15, 2014, 2:44 PM
Most Popular Articles
Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars
April 4, 2014, 9:17 PM
iPad Exploiter is Freed by Federal Appeals Court
April 11, 2014, 7:40 PM
A-10 Warthog May Live to Fight Another Day with Support from Lawmakers
April 14, 2014, 9:41 AM
Taiwan's AOU Claims to Have World's Highest-Res. OLED Smartphone Display
April 11, 2014, 1:44 PM
EFF: NSA May Have Used IRC Botnets to Exploit Heartbleed for Last Two Years
April 14, 2014, 4:43 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information