Twitter has suffered a rash of security related issues in the past weeks. First it was a Phishing attack.
Phishing is the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information (http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/P/phishing.html).
These attacks lead Twitter users to a drive-by malware site. A drive-by download or malware is a program that is automatically downloaded to your computer without your consent or even your knowledge.
Then hackers used Twitter’s own support tools to gain control of 33 member accounts -- including that of President-elect Barack Obama, CNN's Rick Sanchez, and pop star Britney Spears.
As a Twitter participant, I found this to be very interesting and as always I will increase my awareness while using Twitter or any online tool.