How celebrity Twitter accounts were hacked, and how it can be stopped in future

Wired has published details of how a hacker managed to hack into Twitter’s internal systems earlier this week, opening the door for criminals to break into the Twitter accounts of the likes of Britney Spears, Fox News and Barack Obama.

The teenage hacker, who uses the online handle GMZ, claims he gained entry to the micro-blogging site’s administrative control panel by using a dictionary password guesser at a Twitter staffer’s account.

Unfortunately for Twitter and its hacked users, the staff member had chosen the dictionary word “happiness”.

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

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