Twitter’s data heist

Twitter’s data heist

At this point you probably already know about the data breach occurred on Twitter’s account database this July 15th, where several high profile people like  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian and others had their personal information stolen and used for scamming people out of their money.

The heist was planned by a worker at Twitter that made contact with a pair of hackers in order to sell some particular accounts, according to the press, it was only going to happen to some very old accounts with very particular names, but things got out of hand once one of the hackers involved several accounts that belonged to the before mentioned celebrities, entrepreneurs and even companies.

After posting on several of these extremely popular accounts, asking to send bitcoins with the promise of getting back double of the amount sent, incredibly, a lot of people did, many were surprised to find out about the hacking and even more so when they realized that they were scammed.

This is one of those events that help us put in perspective just how important cyber security is in today’s world. Twitter is known for having a very strong security, but even with all their protocols they were breached (with inside help of course) but this is a good reminder that despite all protocols and firewalls we may have, there are always weak spots that can be exploited, especially if  there is a man on the inside.

As we said in the past, now more than ever cyber security is not a luxury, but a necessity, there are many people out there who want to make profit with our information, that’s why we need the best protection we can get, data encryption is something that can be done and it does wonders helping protect information from potential attacks, especially when it is possible to have an encryption level equal to that of the military, one of the most complex and safest encryption levels.

The authorities are still investigating and gathering information, but it interesting to consider the idea of “why would someone do something like that?” jeopardizing a stable job on a very famous platform sounds like a very dumb idea, something very few people have thought about it. Maybe Twitter should check the working condition, if this employee decided to bite the hand that gave him food, maybe and just maybe, that hand wasn’t being very kind to him.

To conclude, now more than ever is imperative that all companies and businesses start to see the importance of cyber security, it’s very easy to think that hackers only go for millionaire companies and celebrities, but the truth is that, there is people who would steal any kind of information, not because you are someone important, but because there is always someone willing to pay them to get it, like a wise man used to say “it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it”.

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