More than 1000 Twitter employees reportedly had access to change user settings

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Last week, the massive Twitter hack was one of the biggest stories read across the world. So much so that it has prompted the social media platform to dig deeper into why and how it happened.

To date we’ve found out that the DMs of 36 accounts were impacted, as well as seeing that the hack itself served as a warning to other companies to ensure their security was up to snuff.

The latest bit of news comes in the form of an exclusive report from Reuters, which says that the initial claims from Twitter that a small number of employees were manipulated via social engineering may not tell the full story.

More specifically it is reported that the ability to change user settings are relatively freely available within the organisation, for both Twitter employees and contractors alike.

“The former employees familiar with Twitter security practices said that too many people could have done the same thing, more than 1,000 as of earlier in 2020, including some at contractors like Cognizant,” says the Reuters report.

The publication reached out to Twitter to confirm but, at the time of writing, it would not comment on whether the aforementioned figure was indeed correct, nor would the company mention precisely how many people within the organisation had such access.

As such, it serves once again as a reminder to companies that having stringent cybersecurity software and protocols in place is only one part of the solution, with employees themselves also having to take security seriously.

With the amount of cyberattacks only increasing during the COVID-19 era, it looks like Twitter has a bit of work to do internally in terms of how it handles security.

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[Source – Reuters]

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.