Twitter Now Has Two-Factor Verification After Recent High-Profile Hacks

Posted May 23, 2013

Recently Twitter was hit with several high-profile hacks.  Twitter had to beef up their security so that have added a new two-step login to help users prevent hacks going forward.  The “two-factor” verification system is optional and asks users to provide a phone number, e-mail account, and six digit code that needs to be entered through a text message every time they log in to the website.

?Every day, a growing number of people log in to Twitter,? stated Jim O?Leary of Twitter’s product security team in a blog post. ?Usually these login attempts come from the genuine account owners, but we occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web.?  O’Leary is still encouraging users to have strong passwords.

One of the most embarrassing hacks that happened recently on Twitter was The Associated Press incident.  Last month, a hacker got into the Associated Press Twitter account and they falsely tweeted that the White House was attacked.  Other media organizations that were hacked recently include The New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CBS, Wall Street Journal, etc.

Even Twitter themselves were hacked causing 250,000 users names and e-mail addresses to be exploited.  Many of the hacks take place through phishing, which means that hackers send deceptive e-mails to encourage users to enter their personal information.

Below is a video demo of the new features: