Twitter Adds Email Authentication To Prevent Malicious User Attacks

Filed as News on February 21, 2013 2:53 pm

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Twitter HackWith Twitter accounts being hacked left and right the company on Thursday debuted a new email authentication platform to fight back against forged Twitter email addresses.

Twitter announced the inclusion of DMARC, a technology that prevents cybercriminals from sending emails to users via fake Twitter.com addresses.

On the company’s official blog Twitter writes:

“We send out lots of emails every day to our users letting them know what’s happening on Twitter. But there’s no shortage of bad actors sending emails that appear to come from a Twitter.com address in order to trick you into giving away key details about your Twitter account, or other personal information, commonly called ‘phishing’.”

Twitter implemented DMARC earlier in the month but chose to officially roll out its announcement after the Twitter accounts for Jeep and Burger King became the victims of hackers.

DMARC allows Gmail and Yahoo!Mail among other platforms to block mail claiming to be from a Twitter.com email address.

In a statement for the DMARC technology Twitter writes:

“While this protocol is young, it has already gained significant traction in the email community with all four major email providers – AOL, Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook, and Yahoo! Mail – already on board, rejecting forged emails. We hope to see it gain more coverage for our users as even more email providers adopt it, and that it gives you more peace of mind when you get an email from us.”

Do you think Twitter is doing enough to stop hacking attempts or does a strong two-step authentication process need to be put into place?

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