Feeds

Twitter breach gives behind-the-scenes Obama peek

Wanted: Security engineer

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Twitter still hasn't come clean, but it appears yet another administrative account on the micro-blogging site has been breached, giving world+dog an inside peek at the accounts of Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and other celebrities.

Screenshots posted on French blog Korben show more than a dozen images purporting to be taken by a hacker who gained inside access to Twitter. They provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the account activities of some of the most exclusive Twitterati.

Actor Ashton Kutcher and pop star Lily Rose Allen, for instance, have both blocked celebrity gossip monger Perez Hilton from sending them messages. Barack Obama has blocked 96 Twitter users, including one named rachel_wanggg. Plenty of other administrator-only pages turned up as well, including blacklisted users and dashboards containing configuration settings.

Twitter representatives didn't respond to an email requesting comment. Twitter's blog, which in the past has been used to communicate security issues, was also silent on the matter.

If legit, it would be at least the second time a Twitter admin's account has been breached. In January, as Wired.com's Kim Zetter reported, the accounts of Britney Spears, Barack Obama, and others were tampered with after a hacker used off-the-shelf software to guess an admin's password was "happiness."

The screenshots attempt to shield most sensitive information, including IP and email addresses of those concerned. They also blurred the name of the Twitter admin whose account was supposedly breached, but a simple search suggests it belonged to Twitter employee Jason Goldman.

Twitter has also been on the receiving end of several powerful, self-replicating worm attacks that force users to post comments simply by clicking on a link while logged in to their accounts.

The site, by the way, recently posted online ads looking for software engineers who specialize in application and infrastructure security. We wish them well with that. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA
Mr Burns vs. The Chocolate Factory, round three!
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton
Dragnet surveillance picks up EVERYTHING, USA, m'kay?
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors
GPU-powered pen test yields more bad news about defences and passwords
Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN
Traffic fingerprints reveal all, say boffins
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.