Twitter Edit button can allow hackers to manipulate Tweets

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Twitter’s Edit tool will soon be introduced to allow users to edit their tweets within a time frame of 30 seconds. And the tool will only be available to blue tick users who pay $4.99 per month. But a security expert has raised an alarm on this feature, stating that it could allow hackers to manipulate tweets made by users, that could cause unnecessary chaos out of concern.

Thankfully, the feature is still in the testing phase and is accessible to only some users as of now. In the coming weeks, it will be rolled out to other subscribers that could spell trouble.

Experts say that such threats to tweets will only pose to those whose posts are viral. Like celebrities, sports persons, politicians and controversies, driven persons like Kim Kardashian or Katie Price.

What if their tweet is manipulated into a fake news, crypto scam or a phishing link that could earn millions for the hackers?

For instance, we can consider the Barack Obama tweet that went viral in 2013 and earned millions for hackers. Going with the details, in the said year, an Associated Press tweet that went viral garnered over 4k retweets, and sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 record a loss of $1 billion in stock value within a few minutes. The tweet was that the then US President was severely injured in an explosion at the White House and included a sentence that he was on a ventilator.

As soon as the alarm was raised by the security expert, Twitter reacted to the news and released a statement on a former note that it never takes security and privacy lightly and will only release the feature to its users, when it bypasses all tests related to hacking.

 

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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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