As Twitter’s user base grows so does the malicious activity on the social networking site. Malicious links spread easily on Twitter as a result of the widespread use of URL shortening services due to its 140 character limit.
In January 2010, Twitter banned 370 passwords for being too obvious, including 123456. As of July 2011, the list has grown to 401 banned passwords. Some of the latest hacked celebrity Twitter accounts include Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher, and Kim Kardashian. On September 10, 2011 the NBC News Twitter account was hacked and the perpetrators tweeted that ground zero had been attacked. On September 25, 2011 the USA Today account was hacked.
Veracode created this infographic that depicts some of these most recent high profile Twitter hacks.
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCAM). NCAM is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). October 2011 marks the eighth year NCAM has been organized.
Through a series of events across the country, National Cyber Security Awareness Month engages public and private sector partners to raise awareness and educate the public about cybersecurity. A listing of the events can be found here. They will also feature a different cybersecurity issue each week in October.
- Week One: Emphasizes general cybersecurity awareness with events highlighting the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign.
- Week Two: Showcases the urgent need to develop cyber education programs to train the next generation cyber workforce.
- Week Three: Focuses on national and local efforts to prevent identity theft and other cybercrimes.
- Week Four: Highlights strategies small and medium sized business owners can use to bolster their own cybersecurity defenses.
We encourage everyone to become involved and participate in local NCAM events, but remember that Internet safety and security doesn’t end in October. You should practice Internet security all yearlong.
And what better way to kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month than to sign-up for a free trial of Light Point Web, our malware protection software that lets you safely browse the web from the cloud.