AP Twitter Hack: Lessons Learned

An posting from Information Week security in there security section: Would you trust an email that says: “Please read the following article, it’s very important: www.washinqtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/04/23/”?

So went a phishing email reportedly sent to multiple employees at the Associated Press, less than an hour before the company’s Twitter feed was taken over and used to issue multiple tweets, including a hoax report that President Obama had been injured by explosions at the White House. Cue a temporary stock market tumble.

Sharp-eyed email recipients who weren’t distracted might have noticed that Washington was misspelled in the link. But every other indicator suggested it was from a fellow AP staffer, down to the sender’s email address, and the name and mobile phone number listed at the bottom of the email.

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