Twitter is not taking any chances after attackers compromised the accounts of its own CEO and celebrities. The social website is “provisionally” turning off the option to tweet using SMS until there is greater safety in position. Carriers require addressing “flaws” in their systems, the firm claimed, while Twitter itself aimed to deal with its reliance on connected phone numbers for 2FA. It will restore SMS tweeting in areas that require it for “dependable communication,” but it is operating on a long-term solution.
The firm has not offered a detailed clarification for what took place, but the account for Jack Dorsey fell victim to a “security mistake” at his carrier that allowed users send tweets through text via his contact number. It is not clear if this is the outcome of a spoofing attempt, SIM hijacking, or something similar.
Whatever the reason, it is a drastic measure. SMS-supported tweeting has been a fundamental element of Twitter since the very start, and it has been accessible long since the majority of users switched to posting from websites and apps. Not that Twitter essentially had many options. Hackers are excited to exploit this error in security, and there is no quick solution.
On a related note, launching Twitter can be like a walk into an anxiety-suggesting hell, but due to screenshots of good posts that users gather, the best method to experience Twitter is via Instagram. Twitter employed its official account on Instagram this morning to post a petty text about how Instagram consumers use tweets to accumulate likes. The post spans six boxes to state that Twitter sees you, it knows what everybody is up to, and it is about to do the same thing. The tweet is genuine, and, upon further probe, Twitter’s group did reach out to ask if they can use it.