When good Twitter accounts go bad. Whether it’s malicious intent or simple human error, Twitter users are increasingly at risk when it comes to protecting their privacy and reputation online. This infographic details several of the most recent and now infamous Twitter hacks, and examines common entry points for hackers, including weak passwords and malicious email attachments.
January 2010, Twitter banned 370 passwords for being too obvious.
Among the banned passwords:
000000, 123456, aaaaaa, baseball, cookie, diamond, eagles, freedom, guitar, helpme, jackson, killer, letmein, monkey, naked, orange, password, qwerty, richard, stupid, twitter, united, voodoo, whatever, xxxxxx, yamaha, zzzzzz
|Celebrity||Number of Followers||Last Hacked|
|Lady Gaga - @Ladygaga||13,873,401||Apr 27, 2011|
|Justin Bieber - @justinbieber||12,874,993||Jul 27, 2010|
|Barack Obama - @barackobama||10,241,354||Jan 05, 2009|
|Katy Perry - @katyperry||10,152,091||Jan 29, 2010|
|Kim Kardashian - @kimkardashian||9,998,690||Apr 01, 2011|
|Britney Spears - @britneyspears||9,733,965||Nov 12, 2009|
|Shakira - @shakira||8,700,652||Never Hacked|
|Taylor Swift - @taylorswift13||8,144,853||Never Hacked|
|Ashton Kutcher - @aplusk||7,726,942||May 02 , 2011|
|Ellen DeGeneres - @theellenshow||7,658,301||Jun 28, 2009|
Giving users the option to require SSL on Twitter was almost certainly accelerated by the release of Firesheep, a free Firefox web browser extension developed by Eric Butler, and the subsequent opportunistic Twitter account hacking that resulted. – “I promised myself I’d get this SSL feature out in my first year/ tomorrow is my 1 year anniversary” - @boblord #phew, #missionAccomplished, #security
Sept 10, 2011 at 5:48 p.m. @NBCNews tweeted: Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking, more as the story develops.
A group calling themselves “The Script Kiddie” commandeered control of the account to send a series of tweets falsely reporting an attack on Ground Zero in New York, two days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The same group took credit for posting that President Obama had been assassinated on July 03 via the official @FoxNewsPolitics Twitter account.
Sept 25, 2011
Script_Kiddiez strike again – this time the group hacked @USAToday’s Twitter Account
Pro Tip: if you’re trying to message racy photos of yourself or part of yourself to one person, don’t post it to everyone who follows you on twitter - “#Weinergate – not Hacked just careless