Twitter seeks to stop stupid human tricks

Twitter will soon offer a two step security process for users

This probably can’t happen soon enough.

According to a report from WIRED, Twitter has a working two-step security solution which is currently being tested before the public roll-out.  This will help prevent users from having their accounts hacked, and will be greatly appreciated by business and major news agencies like Associated Press.
I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard what happened to AP, but if not.  Here’s  a link to the USA today report story and timeline about  how hackers broke into the AP Twitter account Tuesday afternoon and posted a bogus story about an explosion at the White House. It sent the stock market into a brief tailspin..

The AP’s Sam Hananel, who writes about labor and employment issues, tweeted that the account had been hacked. “Please Ignore AP Tweet on explosions, we’ve been hacked.”

According to the Huffington Post, an organization called The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ops! @ap get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama…

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA6) April 23, 2013

Twitter accounts for CBS News, including the “60 Minutes,” “48 Minutes” and CBS Denver feeds, were also hacked last week. The Syrian Electronic Army was also reportedly responsible.

While the two step solution may be an annoyance for users, it is something that we should all start using when it becomes available.   Twitter has become a major source of breaking news for me,  and it’s reassuring to know that they are taking steps to prevent these kinds of damaging security incursions.

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