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Twitter Kicks Out Researcher Because Of Security Breach

Mikko H. Hyppönen, a top security researcher working for antivirus firm F-Secure, found his Twitter account suspended for posting a message which contained a link to a malware site.

According to Mikko, he made a post on Twitter, attempting to warn its users to keep of from a malicious website site and he also had inserted spaces into the URL of site mentioned in the post, so that no one even inadvertently reaches the malicious site.

However Twitter ended up suspending his account and it apparently reflected badly on Twitter’s ability to filter out inappropriate content.

Even the message it sent to the researcher while restoring his account was brief and devoid of details and it went like “I’ve unsuspended your acct. You were suspended for using the malware URL rnyspeceDOTcom in DMs. Be careful! We scan everything for malware”.

Owing to its increasing popularity, Twitter has been a favourite destination for hackers who attempt to trick people into visiting malicious websites.

While the company has attempted to handle such issues, it has been slow to react to security threats and even in case of Mikko, his account was disabled nearly 2 months after he made the said post.

Our Comments

Twitter will certainly need some time in order to cope with its explosive growth. The sprawling microblogging online service has been extensively used by con men, hackers, cybercriminals and similar vermin to disseminate malware.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.