“TweetDeck Restored Hours After Flaw Exposed” (wsjonline.com, 2012)
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This following recent article posted on Wall Street Journal’s website provides an example of the dangers which go hand in hand with any relatively new technology – in this instance, social media. While Twitter is vastly accepted as a widely accepted medium for information sharing for individuals, celebrities, and global organizations, this tool is not impervious, nor is any other new technology in general, to being exploited in a negative way by random and ever prevalent hackers.
Twitter’s app, TweetDeck, was only recently restored to the public after a user named Geoff Evanson revealed his discovery of a major flaw in the app’s design. Through his ‘research,’ he was able to access several hundred Twitter accounts. Although the Twitter said that “…account passwords weren’t compromised, and the company said it didn’t know of situations where account access was used “maliciously,” ” there is nonetheless a going concern as to what level of comfort that individuals and companies can have in their incorporation of social media into their personal and professional concerns.