Why Twitter’s two-factor authentication isn’t going to stop media organisations from being hacked

A posting from Naked Security on Why Twitter’s two-factor authentication isn’t going to stop media organisations from being hacked:

Twitter has announced the availability of two factor authentication (2FA) for its service, meaning that users can opt-in to something stronger than just a username and password to protect their accounts.

In a blog post, Twitter explains how the new security measure works.

If you decide to turn 2FA on for your Twitter account, every time you try to log into the site you will be prompted to enter a six-digit code that Twitter sends to your phone via SMS.

Here is a video Twitter released, demonstrating the feature:

So, the big question is this… is this going to help media organisations such as The GuardianNPRthe Financial Times, and others who have found their Twitter accounts hijacked by the likes of the Syrian Electronic Army?

Sadly, I don’t think it’s going to help them at all.

Media organisations who share breaking news via social media typically have many staff, around the globe, who share the same Twitter accounts.

2FA isn’t going to help these companies, because they can’t all access the same phone at the same time.

 

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