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Will Twitter's Business Tools Be Safe and Secure?

Lightweight analytics and commercial accounts directory for users

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Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone, announced earlier this month
at the Technology Summit in New York that his company is currently focusing on
introducing several features for commercial use, such as analytics and a
directory of commercial accounts that would verify that businesses on Twitter
are legitimate.

The main question that Twitter aficionados and potential
users of these tools must ask themselves in the first place should concern the
capacity of micro blogging platform to deliver safe and secure applications,
especially since stats and data that could affect business are to be involved.

The avalanche of breaches and attacks – ranging from cross-site
scripting vulnerabilities
to worms
attacks
– was augmented last weeks with several interesting approaches. They
could be devastating in case of business information is leaking from the compromised
accounts.

It is worth to mention that the latest miscreants’ endeavors
concentrated particularly on stealing log in credentials, as well as other data
that could facilitate their access to Twitter and similar platforms, such as
e-mail, blogging or e-commerce accounts. Gaining such access translates into a
wide range of e-crime opportunities, from further spam and phishing attempts
(employing the list of followers/friends/contacts) to identity and commercial
data theft or blackmail and extortion.

Most of these phishing attempts relied on social engineering
schemes and speculated the user’s na

About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.