Twitter hack = plausible deniability?



With the recent hacking of a number of high profile Twitter accounts some are fearful of what this means to their data security. Given that the problem seems to have been caused by Twitter’s support tools being hacked these fears are probably justified. Hopefully Twitter has diconnected the support system from the external world, or dealt with the internal controls that let it happen.

I was wondering though whether this occurance might actually help Twitter attract some more non-technical celebrities. The nature of some of the posts that went out would no doubt disturb some people, but think of the upside. If you happen to put out a risque post you wish you hadn’t, when your boss asks you about it the next morning you can claim it must have been a hacked post.

In reality my boss would probably ask why anyone would want to go to the effort to hack my account. If I was a moderate celebrity though it might be tempting to blame any of my crazier posts on “Twitter hackers”. It would only work once or twice.

Twitter are probably grateful at the moment that their service is a limited one. As such they don’t actually keep any personal information other than an email address. In some way good for them if they get rid of these types of problems now before they look to expand their services and reach.