Security loopholes in Twitter Bluetick Verification Systems

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As expected, Twitter rolled out the campaign to weed out fake accounts by charging for blue tick subscriptions from the second week of this month. However, not all seem to go as per the plan, as the verification systems seem to be filled with security loopholes.

According to a discussion thread on Reddit available as screenshots claiming evidential facts, there has been a rise in fake accounts getting blue tick mark checking. Meaning, bots representing celebrities are being cleverly inducted into the directory and the menace seems to be unending.

For example, accounts impersonating Nintendo and other software companies are being proliferated onto the social media platform with no authenticity, even those a blue check mark exists to all accounts representing the name of the software company.

Same issue persists for UK’s Tony Blair and the ex- Boris Johnson, as 2-3 accounts displaying the celebrity’s picture as DM are being circulated on Twitter and that too with a blue tick mark.

A technical head of a large multinational company expressed her views on Facebook and said that the menace seems to be never ending, even after Elon Musk took off the reigns of the micro blogging website. As anyone with a fake Apple ID and a temporary email account can set up an account and gain a blue mark with the link of a masked debit or credit card.

Thus, with the latest menace of fake accounts being represented by bots, Twitter might think to roll out Blue Tick mark to each and every account holder( even the old ones), unlike earlier where it wanted to mint $8 from people willing to take new accounts.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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