Wednesday, May 19, 2010

While Twitter Was Hacked, Twitter Follower Stats Vanished

When Twitter Was Hacked, Twitter Follower Stats Vanished

As users saw their Twitter follower stats fall to zero, “Twitter hacked” was the headline on Monday. In just one second of time, Twitter users saw their Twitter follow stats disappear. But “Twitter hacked” was just one more social media wildfire rumor. There was a bug forcing some to make other follow them that Twitter had to disable all Twitter Follow stats to fix. It’s the latest of many recent social media security issues. Twitter hacked could have been worse compared to Blippy exposing credit card numbers online and Facebook phishing scams.

Twitter follow bug exposed in Twitter hacked scandal

Part of the Twitter being hacked rumor was that Twitter users were led to believe that Twitter was hacked after a Turkish blog exposed the Twitter follow bug and offered instructions on how to exploit it. Caroline Mccarthy at CNET reports that one more blog jumped on board the installment loans no credit check of scandalous intel. Webrazzi ended up forcing the Twitter accounts of Twitter CEO Evan Williams and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to follow a dummy profile. The bug allowed Twitter members to add followers by tweeting “accept” followed by “@” and any registered Twitter user name.

Falling to zero is Twitter followers

After “Twitter hacked” headlines broke loose Monday, Twitter sent a notice on the company’s Twitter feed that everyone’s Twitter follower states were affected while the bug was being fixed. ”Follow count display is set to zero and follow/unfollow is temporarily offline while we fix a bug,” Twitter explained at 1:02 p.m. eastern time. MSNBC reported that the follower lists were restored back to where they were at first by 2:15 p.m.

Facebook phishing before Twitter hacked

The Facebook phishing scam came directly before the Twitter hacked story. According to pehub.com, a Facebook event invitation was sent to some of the over 2,300 friends of Jim Breyer, a venture capitalist who sits on Facebook’s board of directors. Breyer’s Facebook friends checking their E-mail Sunday morning saw a note asking “Would you like a Facebook phone number?” Those who entered their password to respond to the message from Breyer had the thing sent to their friends also.

Beware Blippy , Twitter followers

Twitter being hacked and Facebook phishing has sparked a huge debate that has social media users wondering very much just how secure their personal info is and what companies like Facebook and Twitter are doing with it. One social media security incident adding to this debate is that of Blippy exposing credit card numbers online. Blippy will use their social networking to inform their friends what they are getting online. If you are concerned about financial security, you need to know that someone learned how to find Blippy members' credit card numbers online. A search returned 127 results that involved full credit card numbers before Blippy fixed the flaw.

Citations

Caroline Mccarthy at CNET

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20004563-36.html

MSNBC reported

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37066547/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

pehub.com

http://www.pehub.com/71201/facebook-loses-face-board-member's-account-is-breached/



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