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Twitter security: physical security keys for staff; election protection measures

Added 09-25-20 08:31:01am EST - “Twitter security made the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in July, when a major hack saw many high-profile accounts taken over ...” - 9to5mac.com

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Twitter security made the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in July, when a major hack saw many high-profile accounts taken over to post a cryptocurrency scam. Affected accounts included Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama.

The company has now implemented a range of security measures in response, including physical security keys for two-factor authentication of staff with access to accounts …

As the company explains, some of its teams need access to user data to keep Twitter running. While it usually only grants them access for valid reasons, such as to help users who’ve been locked out of their accounts, it’s had to tighten its measures even further […]

As an additional measure, Twitter started distributing phishing-resistant security keys to its employees and requiring its teams around the world to use them. Google implemented the measure in 2017 to great success: A year after making it mandatory for employees to use physical security keys for two-factor authentication, the tech giant announced that it has “no reported or confirmed account takeovers” anymore.

Twitter required all new employees to go through security, privacy and data protection trainings, as well. Those who have access to non-public data had to attend additional mandatory training sessions on how they can avoid becoming phishing targets for attackers. The company also said that it’s been constantly improving its internal detection and monitoring tools that alert the company of possible unauthorized access attempts.

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