Twitter enables HTTPS in safe tweeting bid
By Sophie Curtis | Feb 22, 2012
Twitter has enabled secure hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) for all its users by default, meaning that traffic on the micro-blogging site is now encrypted, providing better protection against man-in-the-middle attacks.
HTTPS keeps the session cookie encrypted throughout the log-in session, preventing the information from being intercepted. Twitter, which made opt-in HTTPS available to users for the first time last March, said that it is particularly important to use the encrypted protocol when accessing Twitter over an unsecured Internet connection, like a public Wi-Fi hotspot.
"HTTPS is one of the best ways to keep your account safe and it will only get better as we continue to improve HTTPS support on our web and mobile clients," said Twitter in a blog post.
Users still have the option to turn off HTTPS through the Account Settings page.
The move was welcomed by security firm Sophos, which said that using public Wi-Fi hotspots to access Twitter without enabling HTTPS could allow a hacker to "sniff your session cookie". This means they could post tweets as you, or read your private direct messages.
"Don't imagine that sniffing session cookies from unencrypted connections is rocket science," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Tools such as Firesheep have made it child's play in the past for anyone to access the Twitter or Facebook account of someone close by if they haven't taken the right precautions."
Cluley pointed out that actor Ashton Kutcher's Twitter account was hacked during the brainbox TED Conference last year. The hacker accessed Kutcher's account over an unencrypted Wi-Fi connection and posted pro-SSL graffiti in his name.
Testing the Cloud – Definitions, Requirements, and Solutions
The widespread availability of high-speed broadband networks has seen applications and web sites move into the Cloud. This use of a cloud-based infrastructure means there is no local infrastructure to purchase, manage, secure, or upgrade. The virtualized data center, whether within the enterprise or located at a cloud service provider, must be properly provisioned in order to provide the necessary functions and performanceof cloud-based applications.
Integrating the physical and the virtual
It’s not just a question of dealing with a proliferation of virtual machines. With convergence, fewer hardware resources deliver multiple capabilities and host multiple workloads.Monitoring these “anytime-anyplace” workloads creates a resource challenge, as there are a limited number of network access points.
A Case Study of Eurograbber: How 36 Million Euros was Stolen via Malware
This is a case study about a sophisticated, multi-dimensional and targeted attack that stole an estimated 36+ million Euros from more than 30,000 bank customers from multiple banks across Europe.
Symantec, Singapore school partner to nurture next-generation security talents
Symantec Corp. and the Singapore Management University will jointly train and equip IT security professionals with the latest knowledge and skill sets in information security.