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TechnologyTwitter disables tweeting via SMS after CEO gets hacked

23:40  04 september  2019
23:40  04 september  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Twitter says it’s making the change "to protect people’s accounts" just days after the feature was used by hackers to post messages to CEO Jack Update September 5th, 12:52PM ET: Twitter has already re-enabled tweeting via SMS in “a few locations” where it says users depend on it to tweet .

Twitter has decided to pull the ability to tweet via SMS after a second high profile account was hijacked using the same method employed on Jack Old school Twitter users can remember a time before apps were all the rage, when they would tweet via SMS - which is where Twitter got the idea

Twitter has “temporarily” turned off the ability to tweet via text message just days after the feature was misused by hackers to tweet a racial slur, bomb threat, and other crude messages from the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Twitter disables tweeting via SMS after CEO gets hacked© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The ability to tweet via text was important to Twitter in the service’s early days, but it’s more of a legacy feature at this point since most people rely on the smartphone app. The feature still exists, though, allowing you to text a number, such as 40404, and have that message posted to your account.

That can lead to real issues when someone’s phone number is stolen, which is a technique that hackers increasingly use to compromise accounts because phone carriers often don’t take care to properly secure them. That’s what happened last Friday to Dorsey. Once hackers had access to his number, they were able to use text messages to post under his username, even without otherwise being logged in to his account.

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Twitter is disabling the ability to send tweets via SMS messages after an incident last week when the company's CEO Twitter account got hacked Usually, hackers who employe SIM swapping also use the temporary control they have over a victim's phone number to reset passwords for online accounts.

Twitter has disabled the tweet - via - SMS functionality that is believed to have been exploited by miscreants to hack CEO Jack Dorsey's account last week. According to reports, the rogue tweets were sent via Cloudhopper, a service Twitter bought in 2010 to bolster its SMS service .

Twitter says it’s making the change “to protect people’s accounts.” It blamed mobile carriers, saying they need to address vulnerabilities that allow this kind of misuse. Twitter also said it needed to improve its two-factor authentication system, which relies on text messages as well and could be compromised in the same way.

It sounds like the text to tweet feature could be kept off for some time in most countries. Twitter says it’ll “soon” reactivate the feature “in markets that depend on SMS for reliable communication” and that it will work on a “longer-term strategy” for the feature, but it didn’t elaborate on what that would be.

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