Great analysis of the Twitter hack

... well, at least one of them :)

Nick Cubrilovic of TechCrunch wrote a very detailed and interesting analysis of the recent stealing of sensitive documents from Twitter by a hacker nicknamed Croll.

From The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack:

Like other successful attacks, Hacker Croll used the same combination of patience, sheer determination and somewhat elementary methods to gain access to a frightening number of accounts and services related to Twitter and Twitter employees. The list of services affected either directly, or indirectly, are some of the most popular web applications and services in use today - Gmail, Google Apps, GoDaddy, MobileMe, AT&T, Amazon, Hotmail, Paypal and iTunes.

The most interesting aspect of this story, to me, is how weaknesses of the different services used in this attack complimented one another and ultimately made this "hack" possible in the first place.

A great read, even for non-techies.

Tags: hack twitter croll TechCunch Security

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