Twitter Hacker Guessed GMail’s Security Questions: “What is Your Pet’s Name?”

July 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The recent hacking into a Twitter employee’s Gmail and Google Apps accounts, raises questions about the security of cloud applications, as well as the need for stronger passwords. The hacker was also able to access the email account of Twitter CEO Evan Williams’ wife, and breached her personal Amazon and PayPal accounts.

A hacker who calls himself Croll broke into a Twitter staffer’s Gmail, which then led him to propriety information stored on spreadsheets and documents stored in the worker’s Google Apps account.

The hacker delivered the sensitive financial information to the websites, TechCrunch and Korben, which are technical blogs. Credit card numbers and other personal data of Twitter employees were also sent to the tech blogs.

TechCrunch published a portion of the stolen data on its site, revealing Twitter’s plans to earn $1.5 billion by 2013.

Twitter founder Biz Stone, denies that Google Apps are particularly vulnerable to hackers, saying that people need to strengthen their passwords. With Twitter users sharing personal information that stays in the public domain, such as pet’s names and names of children, it’s easy for a hacker to guess passwords.

The Hacker Croll simply guessed the answer to “What is your pet’s name?” and other security questions, based on personal information and reset the email passwords.

Meanwhile, Twitter is now consulting with its lawyers for possible legal action against TechCrunch for publishing stolen information on its site.

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