Sending tweets through text messaging is a surefire way to allow hackers access to your account. Researcher Jonathan Rudenberg recently found an exploit via Twitter text messaging in which he reveals:
“Twitter users with SMS enabled are vulnerable to an attack that allows anyone to post to their account.”
According to Rudenberg accounts can be spoofed when a PIN number is not setup, a feature that is not available in the United States. Because a PIN can not be used in the US customers are left without a simple yet effective way to authorize tweets.
The issue was reported to Twitter back in August but the social network has not yet fixed the vulnerability.
In a blog post Rudenberg says he found similar vulnerabilities with Facebook and Venmo.
At this time the only fix for US users it to disable the Twitter tweets function via SMS.
Author: James Kosur
James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.