Even Jack Dorsey is not safe!
One week after the account of Twitter CEO was hacked the micro-blogging site has now temporarily turned off the ability to tweet via SMSs from your smartphone. Although, this tweet via text is not used too often, there are users who still use SMS feature to post on their account.
“We’re temporarily turning off the ability to Tweet via SMS, or text message, to protect people’s accounts,” said Twitter Support.
“We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor authentication (we’re working on improving this),” it further posted.
Last week, hackers breached all security measures to hack Twitter CEO’s account and then proceeded to post a host of inflammatory tweets, which included a number of racial slurs. The platform later issued a statement which mentioned that they had secured his account as it had become a victim of ‘SIM swapping’ or ‘SIM jacking’ where a mobile number is transferred to a new SIM card.
After the account was taken over, the message to Tweet feature was used by the hackers to post on the Twitter account.
“We’ll reactivate this feature in markets that depend on SMS for reliable communication soon while we work on our longer-term strategy for this feature,” said Twitter.
In an earlier statement, Twitter also said that the phone number which was associated with Dorsey was compromised owing to an oversight by the corresponding mobile provider.
“This allowed an unauthorised person to compose and send tweets via text messages from the phone number,” said the company. The platform also said that Twitter needed to improve its two-factor authentication system, which relies on text messages as well and could be compromised in the same way.