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Experts Conclude That Twitter Accounts Are Still Vulnerable

Insinia recommended that users should remove their phone number from the Twitter account untill the bug is fixed.

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The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California. VOA

Despite claims of a fix by Twitter, researchers at a Britain-based security firm who earlier hijacked accounts of several celebrities and journalists to expose a vulnerability have said that the loophole still persists at the popular social media platform.

Insinia Security last week said it successfully hijacked the accounts of a number of celebrities, including Eamonn Holmes, Louis Theroux, Simon Calder and Saira Khan among others.

To take control of the accounts, the researchers at the company used fake SMS verification that made it appear as if they belonged to the account owners, The Telegraph reported.

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Twitter allows publishers to monetise video views globally. (VOA)

A Twitter spokesperson told reporters on Friday that it had “resolved a bug that allowed certain accounts with a connected UK phone number to be targeted by SMS spoofing.”

But the hackers who posted the unauthorised tweets to celebrity accounts appeared to reproduce the experiment after Twitter made its claim, Gizmodo reported on Monday.

A simple method allowed researchers at Insinia Security to send tweets, direct messages, retweet and like tweets, follow and unfollow people, according to the company which warned that the vulnerability could be easily exploited by nation states, hackers and organised crime groups.

The vulnerability could be used to “spread fake news and disinformation via influential celebrities and journalists”, Insinia warned in a blog post.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Insinia recommended that users should remove their phone number from the Twitter account untill the bug is fixed.

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“Twitter should completely remove this functionality (SMS verification) as users rely on their phone added to account for two-factor authentication,” Insinia said. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls Out Emoji Reactions For Direct Messages

The official @Twitter account teased the feature sharing the string of emoji that will be available once the feature is live

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The latest feature includes seven new reactions and one can add an emoji reaction to any type of Direct Message be it text or media attachments. Pixabay

Micro blogging site Twitter on Thursday rolled out new emoji reactions for Direct Messages to all users on the web, iOS and Android.

It is similar to the functionality that Facebook added to Messenger back in 2017, which enables users to allocate an emoji response to each specific message.

The official @Twitter account teased the feature sharing the string of emoji that will be available once the feature is live.

To add an emoji reaction, hover over the message and click/tap on the heart button called a ‘reaction button’.

A user can also double-tap on the message and select an emoji reaction after the pop-up.

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Micro blogging site Twitter on Thursday rolled out new emoji reactions for Direct Messages to all users on the web, iOS and Android. Pixabay

“Say more with new emoji reactions for Direct Messages. To add a reaction, click the icon that appears when you hover over the message on web or double tap the message on mobile and select an emoji from the pop-up,” the company said in a tweet.

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The latest feature includes seven new reactions and one can add an emoji reaction to any type of Direct Message be it text or media attachments. (IANS)