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GoDaddy owns up to role in Twitter account hijacking incident

Lucian Constantin | Feb. 3, 2014
GoDaddy has acknowledged that one of its employees fell victim to a social engineering attack allowing a hacker to take over a customer's domain names and eventually extort a coveted Twitter user name from him. PayPal, which the victim claimed also played a role in the attack, denied the accusations.

Following this incident, he also believes it's better to use a @gmail.com address as a user name for online accounts rather than an email address created on a personal domain, since attackers could gain access to the latter if they hijack the domain name.

Using two-factor authentication for accounts that support it is a must, he said. "It's probably what prevented the attacker from logging into my PayPal account. Though this situation illustrates that even two-factor authentication doesn't help for everything."

 

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