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Another security breach offers a look at Twitter’s admin interface

A French site posted screenshots that supposedly show Twitter’s admin pages earlier today. While the fact that somebody apparently managed to gain access to one of their admin accounts is not really newsworthy any longer given Twitter’s recent track record, the screenshots themselves are interesting to look at.

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OAuth session fixation attack

Last week, Twitter temporarily stopped using OAuth authentication. The information they posted on their blog was pretty light on details, and the same thing goes for the security advisory that was posted later. Since then, more details and some better explanations of attack scenario’s have surfaced; let’s have a closer look at the security issue […]

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Three signs Twitter has become mainstream

Apart from the media attention that it’s been getting for the last year or two, there are some other telltale signs that Twitter is here to stay. The most important one is, of course, that hackers find it an interesting target. The worms that were released so far were merely a test; I have no […]

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Was 4chan’s creation of Twitter accounts stopped, or did they lose interest?

With the race to reach 1 million followers between Ashton Kutcher and CNN over, let’s look back at the runner-up that was on track to beat both to the finish line: @basementdad.

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Can Twitter provide added value for Google?

There have been a number of rumors lately that suggest Google might be interested in buying Twitter. While these were downplayed by both Twitter and sources at Google, there is obviously some truth to this. Twitter is becoming so popular that all major players in the industry are following them closely; they would be stupid […]

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Twitter gets ready for OAuth authentication

According to this FAQ, Twitter is getting ready to support OAuth sometime next month. This is great news; up until now, every service using Twitter’s API needed your login name and password. That meant problems when changing passwords, and extra ways for your password to be exposed to hackers.  With the new OAuth authentication, external […]

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33 high-profile Twitter accounts hacked

Hot on the heels of yesterdays news about large-scale phishing attempts targeting Twitter users, Twitter just announced that a number of high-profile accounts were hacked.

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Twitter already generating revenue… For Dell!

And it’s not because Twitter is buying tons of Dell gear; Dell is using Twitter for advertising, and people are willingly signing up to receive these messages. Quoting InternetNews: Less altruistically, some businesses have discovered that Twitter is an effective way of communicating with consumers. Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) says Twitter has produced $1 million in […]

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Helping Twitter make money

I was not alone in predicting serious problems for Twitter. ReadWriteWeb asks a simple question: how could Twitter ever make money? I do have some suggestions: Sell the company to eBay. If they were interested in Skype, surely Twitter would offer them better value for money. Instant twitter updates when you receive a bid, a […]

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Is Twitter losing its edge?

While Twitter has been the love-child of the entire IT sector for over a year, things appear to be changing fast. Just months ago, they stopped sending SMS messages outside the US because they were losing money on this service. Shortly after that they detailed that this only affected 4% of their users.  At first […]

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