Preventing Future Hacks: Twitter Improves Security Ahead of US Elections

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Social media giant Twitter has announced it has updated its high-profile security initiatives ahead of the November Presidential Elections in the United States of America. Following the colossal Bitcoin (BTC) hack the company faced back in July, the account security enhancement made by Twitter is crucial.

The Twitter hack was orchestrated by teen mastermind Graham Ivan Clark who targeted Twitter’s employees to gain access to the accounts of over 100 high profile individuals, including politicians such as President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden.

This event prompted Twitter to introduce security measures with the following words:

“Voters, political candidates, elected officials, and journalists rely on Twitter every day to share and find reliable news and information about the election, and we take our responsibility to them seriously. 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.”

The security measures will include a password reset for low password accounts per the announcement. The firm will require default password reset protection for statements to prevent unauthorized persons from initiating a password reset request. Finally, Accounts will be strongly encouraged to allow two-factor authentication (2FA).

Twitter has announced that it will send tweets to a target community of interested account holders in one of the following categories; the U.S. Executive Branch and Congress, U.S. Governors and Secretaries of State, presidential campaigns, political parties, and Twitter Election Mark candidates running for the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, or Governor, and major U.S. news outlets and political journalists.

In recent years, the prevalence of hacking has skyrocketed, involving blockchain and cryptocurrency organizations. In addition to the immediately curtailed legendary Twitter attack, Monero ‘s privacy coin network has also undergone a big attack in the past year.

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