Twitter Security Collapses

January 5, 2009 – 11:42 AM

Days after a wave of phishing attacks fooled thousands of Twitter users, it appears that another security hole has been found by…someone. Obama’s account, unused since election day, sent out an affiliate link to a survey with a gas card prize, Fox News said that “Bill O’Reily is gay” (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and Britney Spears’ made a lewd post about her anatomy. Rick Sanchez, the Twitter loving CNN anchor, says he’s “high on crack and might not be coming into work today.”

The Fox tweet was deleted an hour after it was posted, so the password may not have been changed. The Facebook account on Twitter just posted a link to porn, so it appears that the situation remains unresolved. Screen shots below.

This can’t be good for Twitter. It will be good for the people calling for more secure, standards based authentication on Twitter and elsewhere around the web.


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