Overheard: Word of the Day

Jan 6 2009   12:37PM GMT

Overheard – Twitter’s Black Monday

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

I have a feeling we’ll start seeing phishers adding Twitter to their stable of targets in 2009. That’s unfortunate, because it almost certainly means we’ll be hearing the term “twishing” being bandied about this year.

Brian Krebs, Phishers Now Twittering Their Scams

Microbologging service Twitter has had a bad start to the new year. First, members started receiving phishing messages and then some prominent user accounts were hacked.

Is it a right of passage — a sign that Twitter is now deemed valuable enough that bad guys want to expolit it?

Maybe.

More likely it’s just a sign that Twitter needs to pay more attention to security.  Businesses have been embracing Twitter lately. I wonder if this week’s breaches will cool the love affair? I’m guessing yes. Look for “enterprise ready” versions of the service coming to a firewall near you.

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