Recently a number of high profile Twitter accounts have been hacked. Several CBS accounts, 60 Minutes included, were hacked earlier this month. Last week the Syrian Electronic Army had its most high profile Twitter hack, it compromised the official account of Associated Press and sent out a bogus tweet claiming that the White House had been bombed. Now the same group has hacked 11 accounts of The Guardian over the weekend, some of which still remain suspended.
James Ball of The Guardian said that the modus operandi was similar to the attack on @AP, adding that they were “really very good.” The SEA uses phishing emails, which are very cleverly disguised. They have been using this very technique to launch their recent attacks. On the other hand, Twitter is rumored to be testing two factor authentication with several high profile Twitter account holders. Two factor authentication is certainly a lot safer when compared to simple passwords. It is rumored that the folks at Twitter are clamoring to get this security solution out the door as quickly as possible so as to thwart any impending attacks on its users, high profile or not.
There is no point resting on your laurels unless you want your rivals to step all over your head, right? This is the very reason as to why Apple is working hard to deliver the next version of OS X, which would be version 10.9. 9to5Mac claims that Mac OS X 10.9 will come with an improved multi-monitor experience, something that has been a long time in coming, where users are able to run fullscreen apps on a single monitor, while access other desktop spaces as well as fullscreen apps.
Power users would definitely appreciate such a feature, and it seems that majority of the other additions that are in the pipeline for Mac OS X 10.9 would be the kind that you would not see or notice at first glance, since these tend to be under-the-hood tweaks, so forget about an unforgettable number of new features and user interface changes. Whispers abound that party tricks from iOS such as app switching and pausing might be thrown into the mix to help extend the machine’s battery life, which is always a good thing. All in all, are you looking forward to the next version of Mac OS X 10.9?