Dec 28, 2018

Security firm hijacks high-profile Twitter accounts

Several high-profile Twitter accounts have been briefly hijacked to expose alleged flaws in the service. The accounts of Eamonn Holmes, Louis Theroux and several others briefly showed messages saying they had been taken over by Insinia Security. "As frustrating as it might be for the researchers in question when Twitter maintain this functionality that can be abused, unauthorised interference with accounts is unacceptable." Mike Godfrey, chief executive of Insinia, said his firm had only "Passive interaction" with the Twitter accounts it targeted and denied it had broken the law. Another cyber-security company that discussed the same Twitter vulnerability earlier this month noted that when it hijacked Computer Weekly's Twitter account it did so with the magazine's permission.

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