Twitter becomes latest victim of cyber crime

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
February 6, 2013

VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing

Twitter has become a major part of daily life for businesses and consumers alike. Millions of handles exist and the social networking site has joined popular lexicon. Unfortunately, Twitter also recently joined another group – major organizations that have fallen victim to a cyber attack.

The company announced in a blog post last week that it was able to shut down an attack in progress. The hackers stole the personal information of 250,000 users before they were stopped. Compromised accounts were suspended and affected consumers were notified by Twitter via email what steps they needed to go through to get their accounts going again.

This is the same week that both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal revealed hackers had installed malware onto their systems and were stealing employee passwords. There is no evidence as of now that those attacks are related to Twitter’s security breach.

A Tech News World article examined these recent incidences and looked in to what the future might hold. Avivah Litan, a security analyst at Gartner spoke with the news source about this topic.

“We can expect more advanced targeted attacks for political and financial gain,” Litan said. “The bad guys are often more sophisticated than the good ones. It’s obvious from their successes.”

As organizations continue to embrace the latest technology, IT Principals must keep security a top priority. Having forward thinking resources and impactful talent can go a long way towards protecting company and personal data from the new age cyber criminals that are threatening businesses across the globe.




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