What’s this? Someone’s peeking over President Roosevelt’s shoulder during the signing of the Social Security Act of 1935?! I hope he didn’t glean any sensitive information!
As some of you may have seen, our Twitter account was hacked a few nights ago. You may be familiar with the twang of panic I felt when I realized what had happened, worrying about the people and businesses that follow our company; had they been caught up in a phishing scheme brought about by a mis-click or a weak password on my end? Fortunately, it was brought to my attention almost as soon as it happened, and I was able to log in and change the password, then spend some time issuing personal messages of warning and apology to those people that I could confirm were sent direct messages on the site.
In light of this recent hack, I decided to spend some extra time researching this recent security threat and general protective factors so I could share this information with you. My hope is that we will all be on the lookout for suspicious web activity and protect ourselves and each other by sharing this information with as many people as possible.
This attack was disguised as a direct message from one of your Twitter contacts, promising a “hilarious” photo of you, suggesting that you click a link to see it. The link directs you to what looks like the Twitter home page, prompting the user to share login information, allowing the hacker access to your login and the ability to try this login combo on other accounts that you may hold. Known as phishing, you can read more about this particular threat in this article by Sophos.
A few suggestions/reminders for staying safe online:
Of course, it’s really important for anyone that shares any personal information on the internet to stay in touch with current technology events and security risk factors. My favorite places to go for security information are cnet, Sophos, and Mashable. Yes, some of these companies sell antivirus software, but they also perform extensive industry research regularly and share their data freely alongside tips to help keep your information safe.
Protecting yourself on the internet is as important as locking your front door when you leave your house. While the information in this post may not be new, I hope it serves as a reminder of the value of your personal information. I know I’ll be much more vigilant with my passwords in the future!
Stay safe my friends!