A hacker broke into Katy Perry’s Twitter account today and sent out a number of tweets – some that included profanity and slurs before they were discovered and taken down. Tim Erlin, Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy at Tripwire commented below.
Tim Erlin, Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy, Tripwire:
While there’s plenty that Katy Perry could have done differently, there’s probably not much that she should have done differently. Celebrities, with millions of followers, are always going to be attractive targets for any attacker who wants an audience.Technology companies are constantly working on ways to improve data security, including features such as mutli-factor authentication. It can be a challenge to get customers to adopt new security controls, however. While celebrities have to be more vigilant for abuse, the best practices for securing an account are really the same for everyone. Use multi-factor authentication, strong passwords, and keep software up to date.