Recently a number of high profile Twitter accounts have been hacked. These accounts include several CBS ones, including that of 60 Minutes, nearly a dozen of The Guardian as well as the official Associated Press account. Just last week Twitter sent a memo to news organizations telling them that it believed attacks against such accounts will continue. Twitter was definitely right, the most recent victim of this hacking spree is E! Online’s account which was compromised earlier today.
It is being said that the Syrian Electronic Army is against this attack. They themselves have accepted responsibility for their previous attacks. They employ the use of clearly disguised phishing emails which ultimately generate the negative result that they wish for. When such a popular account gets taken, usually some bogus tweets are sent out. E! Online’s account was not spared of this as well. The account was quickly suspended after the breach, but its back online right now and is functioning exactly the way its supposed to do. Folks at Twitter are reportedly clamoring to get their two-factor authentication to roll out, but unless and if that happens, lone passwords can only do so much to fend off attacks. [Image via NewsBreakers]