Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Access Control
LeftNav
Alarms
LeftNav
Biometrics
LeftNav
Detection
LeftNav
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
LeftNav
Education, Training and Professional Services
LeftNav
Government Programmes
LeftNav
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
LeftNav
Industrial Computing Security
LeftNav
IT Security
LeftNav
Physical Security
LeftNav
Surveillance
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
 
News

Twitter Spam Campaign Spotlights Follow Of Single Password Access

Sophos : 14 December, 2010  (Technical Article)
Sophos warns social media users to avoid using the same password for everything following breach involving user passwords
IT security and control firm Sophos is reminding computer users of the importance of maintaining different, hard-to-guess passwords for all their online accounts, following reports that a recent security breach at Gawker Media - which involved the leaking of user passwords for sites such as Gizmodo and Lifehacker - has now been linked to a widespread spam campaign on Twitter. As many as 1.3 million account details are believed to have been stolen from Gawker's servers, and have since been posted on sites like Pirate Bay.

Hundreds of thousands of Twitter accounts appear to have been compromised by hackers, who have spread spam promoting an Acai Berry diet. According to Del Harvey, Twitter's director of trust and safety, the messages seem to have been posted from accounts where users were using the same password on both Twitter and Gawker.

"The key issue here is that too many users - as much as a third - are still using the same password for every website they access," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Once one password has been compromised, it's only a matter of time before the fraudsters will be able to gain access to your other accounts and steal information for financial gain. Password security is becoming more important than ever. Make sure that you're taking the issue seriously, or suffer the consequences."

In a poll of 676 computer users in March 2009, Sophos found that 33% used the same password all the time, 48% used a few different ones and only 19% never used the same passwords for different websites.
Bookmark and Share
 
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
 
   © 2012 ProSecurityZone.com
Netgains Logo