US Authorities Criticise Twitter For Poor Security Measures

Twitter has been criticised by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for lax internal security procedures, which they say have enabled hackers to post fake statements from US President Barack Obama's accounts.

The FTC disapproved of Twitter for not limiting clerical access to certain computers, prohibiting simple passwords for administrators, or demanding regular changes to passwords.

The report revealed that in January 09 a hacker used a password-guessing automated tool to crack the management account of a Twitter employee.

The cyber criminal then used that admission to reset passwords on standard accounts, as well as Obama's, and then went on to post the new passwords on the web.

Other people then used these passwords to send bogus messages from Obama's account and those of eight other people.

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