With 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. read more
When Twitter launched five years ago not only did the service bring micro-blogging to the masses, it also brought malware to unsuspecting users, with that trend continuing well into 2011.
Whether the site was attacked through straight forward hacks, clickjacking, worms, trending scams or direct message hacks, the fight to keep users safe has been a major concern for the company that is now valued at nearly $10 billion. When Twitter takes into consideration that their nearly 200 million users tend to be an an ever increasing risk compared to fellow social networking company Facebook, the need for action appears even more urgent.
How bad have the malware and other virus exploits been? In 2010 the FTC launched an investigation to determine if Twitter was doing enough to protect their growing base of registered users who had already grown to numbers of more than 150 million at the time of the investigation.
Have you ever watched your Twitter account become hijacked? Share your stories with us and don’t feel ashamed, I know computer programmers who have watched their accounts become compromised while using the service.