On Thursday Twitter Inc, which was under the fire of a hacking campaign that compromised the accounts of well-known politicians, said it was working on introduction of more security measures for certain election-related accounts in the United States.
Accounts belonging to the U.S. executive branch, Congress, presidential campaigns and political parties require more security measures taking into “the unique sensitivities of the election period” according to Twitter.
A strong password will be required to enter the accounts and Twitter will enable by default a setting obstructing unauthorized password changes. The users will be recommended to apply two-factor authentication, as swissinfo points.
In July, hackers were able to access Twitter’s internal systems and take control of accounts, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former U.S. President Barack Obama, and solicit digital currency. Twitter has said its employees were duped into sharing account credentials.
Lawmakers have expressed concerns over what would happen if a similar breach occurred a day before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.
After the hack, the White House said it had been in constant contact with Twitter to ensure the security of President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, which was not jeopardized in the hack.
Twitter also recommends the security measures for accounts members of the U.S. Congress, U.S. governors and secretaries of state, political candidates that have Twitter’s “Election Labels”.
Twitter pointed out that in the near future it would implement other internal security guarantees for the accounts, including better detections to help the company and account holders respond quickly to suspicious activity and increased login defenses to prevent malicious account takeover attempts.