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Twitter to make it's security stronger for future attacks

Twitter a Social networking website will introduce a new Optional two step Log-in process similar process which is used by some UK online banking sites, aiming to make harder for Hackers to gain access to accounts.

Twitter made this move after a month with News Agency Associated Press hacked and a tweet sent stock markets plunging, in the same week a small number of The Telegraph's twitter feeds were also hacked.

Jim O'Leary a member of Twitter's product security team said in a blog post, "Users will now have a option to use code sent via Text message to their mobile phones to confirm their log-in details".

Twitter, which has more than 200 million users follows Apple, Google and Facebook in process of two-step authentication, as people of today's generation put more information online. The hack of an Associated Press account last month resulted in tweets about explosions at the White House which temporarily wiped $136 billion from the S&P500 Index. This increased pressure on Twitter Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo to install safeguards for users as he prepares for an eventual initial public offering.



Barmak Meftah chief executive officer of computer security company AlienVault said, “Social sites are a big target of these hackers. All the efforts around fortifying and securing these sites is obviously huge.”

According to a person familiar with the matter, Twitter's new two steps Log-in process feature is been development since atleast last month.

O'Leary Wrote : 
“When you sign in to twitter.com, there’s a second check to make sure it’s really you. “Much of the server-side engineering work required to ship this feature has cleared the way for us to deliver more account security enhancements in the future.”


In the AP hacking attack, the fabricated tweet was sent after unauthorized users gained access to the account. Later AP restored it's twitter account after a security review, the false information which was sent from the AP account said, "President Barack Obama has been injured." 

Hackers later attempted to gain access to AP reporters passwords, the news agency said.

In month of February, the twitter account of Jeep and The Burger King was taken over and compromised. Those breaches were quickly remedied without any loss of sales in business.

Meftah said, “For a long period of time, banks were the main target, where hackers would embed a phishing link inside an e-mail. “Social sites are the new attack surface for these guys. If you can phish against Twitter, phish against Facebook - - the number of consumers that are going to be affected by it is massive.” 

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