Forensic review underway after Twitter hack, tips to protect your accounts

WNYT Staff
Created: July 18, 2020 05:44 PM

NewsChannel 13 spoke with local International Financial Crime Expert J. Michael Skiba, MBA, PhD., also known as “Dr. Fraud,” regarding Twitter’s update after hackers targeted specific employees to intentionally manipulate people to divulge confidential information.


Twitter says a forensic review is underway.

“Dr. Fraud” shared these tips on how you can avoid your accounts from being hacked:

·        Use two factor authentication

·        Super strong password

·        Lock your phone

·        Use mobile security or authentication app. Under Account-Security. Like Microsoft Authenticator. Log in their first and they give you a code to go into Twitter. Makes it more difficult.  

·        Go to Settings—Account—Apps and Session and limit which Apps have access to your account.

·        Be wary of any bitcoin transaction as no consumer protection. 

·        Hacker motives-$, political or “other” agenda (corporate brand damage), PII

·        Protect your PII at all costs. Use security methods—two factor authentication. 

·        Check credit report—will reveal ID theft.

·        Keep an eye out for any anomalies—billing notices, mailers etc..

·        15b connected devices to 50 B in 2 years. Tons of info going into system.

·        Adults 11 hours a day and kids 7 on phone—tons of opportunity.

·        Make it harder-show slight resistance and they will go elsewhere.  

·        Social engineering is involved in 98% of hacks.

·        USB study—30-45 insert. 

 For more information, watch the video above.

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