Actor Ashton Kutcher, presenter of the MTV show "Punk'd", has had his Twitter account hacked by a TED conference attendee in a bid to demonstrate the need to deploy SSL security on social networking platforms.
According to ReadWriteWeb, Kutcher's Twitter account, which has 6,393,635 followers, was hacked yesterday afternoon by someone at the TED conference, where he himself was also present.
The hacker tweeted from Kutcher's account “Ashton, you've been Punk'd. This account is not secure. Dude, where's my SSL?” The SSL security protocol allows users to access websites safely without compromising their accounts.
To confirm that the account was actually hacked, the hacker tweeted next, “P.S. This is for those young protesters around the world who deserve not to have their Facebook & Twitter accounts hacked like this. #SSL”
Social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter are being pressurised to move their platforms to more secure platforms to provide protection to their users. SSL protection comes in handy when users are accessing the websites from public networks in a cafe or a hotel.
Soon after the news of the hacking broke, Twitter's official global PR account tweeted “Users can use Twitter via HTTPS: twitter.com. We've long been working on offering HTTPS as a user setting & will share more soon.”