Third party apps threat to Twitter

Recently, three tech CEO’s have had their social media accounts compromised. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have all had their Twitter accounts defaced. The security issue itself is not the fault of Twitter but in fact third-party apps that users have given permission to.

What is a third party app? It is anything that is not directly related with Twitter itself, it is an app or website that you have authorised to have permission to post on your behalf. Apps like Spotify or Instagram and websites such as Ask.fm – These all needed your permission to post on your timeline.

Third-party apps that I have authorised on Twitter.
A selection of third-party apps that I have authorised on Twitter.

Third-party authentication is still a security nightmare for Twitter, reports Buzzfeed, as a three-person hacking team who call themselves OurMine has managed to access the accounts of the previously mentioned tech experts.

Whilst no malicious activity has taken place on the accounts that had been accessed by the group of hackers, it does not mean it will not happen in the future.

You can easily access the list of apps that have permission via the Settings area of Twitter. I have recently revoked the permission from anonymous question website Ask.Fm – Which I gave permissions to originally back in 2012, you might have some old ones on too.

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