Twitter stops text tweets after CEO hack
Twitter has stopped users’ ability to tweet via text.
The feature was halted after security concerns revolving around Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account being hacked last week.
Dorsey was the target of ‘SIM Swap fraud’, which enables a hacker to trick a mobile network into thinking one phone is another. The ability to clone one’s phone lets would-be hackers gain access not just to social media accounts, but to bank accounts and other private information.
"We're temporarily turning off the ability to Tweet via SMS, or text message, to protect people's accounts," the Twitter support team wrote on the platform.
"We're taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor authentication."
The social media platform said that it is working on a more long-term solution to the problem, and said that it hopes the text-to-tweet service will eventually be turned back on in markets that rely on it.
Twitter CEO Dorsey became the victim of a hack last week, despite considerable security precautions. According to security analysts, the ability to clone SIM cards is all too common.