Twitter hack highlights Google Apps vulnerability

by admin July 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm

The hacker who broke Twitter’s rather feeble security last month was able to find and copy confidential documents because they were shared between Twitter employees using Google’s web apps.

A hacker calling himself Croll broke into a Twitter worker’s email account and from there found his way into the worker’s Google Apps account, where Twitter stores spreadsheets and documents containing business plans and financial details, admitted Twitter founder Biz Stone earlier this week.

The hacker also accessed the email of the Twitter CEO Evan Williams’ wife, discovering details of her personal Amazon and PayPal accounts.

The hacker sent the documents to two tech blogs, TechCrunch and Korben, along with personal information about Twitter employees including credit card numbers.

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