Twitter has ramped up its security for high-profile groups by requiring stronger passwords and enabling password reset protection.
The platform announced in a blogpost on 17 September that it has increased security measures for political parties, journalists, and members of Congress for the course of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with requirements taking effect immediately.
“We’re taking the additional step of proactively implementing account security measures for a designated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the US. Starting today, these accounts will be informed via an in-app notification from Twitter of some of the initial account security measures we will be requiring or strongly recommending going forward,” it said in the blogpost.
As well as setting a strong password, certain accounts will be encouraged to turn on two-factor authentication by the app which would make it harder for a hacker to access the account. Accounts at risk will also automatically receive password reset protection which will require verification by email address or phone number to reset a password.
Twitter has also implemented “proactive internal security safeguards” for accounts at risk, as listed on the blogpost:
- More sophisticated detections and alerts to help us, and account holders, respond rapidly to suspicious activity
- Increased login defenses to prevent malicious account takeover attempts
- Expedited account recovery support to ensure account security issues are resolved quickly
The platform was expected to tighten its security measures in the lead up to the US presidential election following its biggest ever breach in July of this year in which accounts owned by Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos were hacked in a “spear fishing” attack by Bitcoin scammers. Twitter notified the Irish DPC about the hack shortly after.