Social media giant Twitter unveiled major security updates to its platform ahead of the US elections, the firm revealed in a statement. “As we learn from the experience of past security incidents and implement changes, we’re also focused on keeping high-profile accounts on Twitter safe and secure during the 2020 US election,” Twitter revealed. According to the statement, all “high-profile” and election-related accounts were notified and were required to carry out additional security measures to protect their credentials. Crypto news aggregator platforms help you keep up to date with the latest happenings in the crypto space.
The accounts would be asked to use a stronger password and enable two-factor authentication.
The accounts of all US executive branch and Congress members, governors, presidential campaigners, political parties, and major US news outlets and political journalists, among other political users, were notified to install new updates. The social media giant said the accounts would be asked to use a stronger password and enable two-factor authentication, which provides extra security to users. Besides, a password reset option will be automatically enabled to prevent any unauthorized password changes. The changes were made after the social media giant suffered a major security breach in June.
Accounts of influential people were hacked to solicit bitcoin from followers.
As reported earlier, Twitter accounts belonging to the US former vice president Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and other prominent handles were hacked back in July. The security breach resulted from an attack on some of its employees with access to the company’s internal tools. Accounts of many influential personalities were hacked to promote a bitcoin scam. A teenager from Florida was charged in the case a few weeks after the security breach. The social media giant faced a lot of criticism for the security breach, and the FBI also investigated the case.
The upcoming presidential election in the United States also made the security breach a much more serious issue as it was revealed that hackers had managed to download data of some hacked accounts.