Twitter responded to an incident earlier this week in which the Associated Press account was hacked — leading to a temporary drop in the stock market, as previously reported — by getting to work on implementing stepped-up security measures.
Adweek reports that the social media site is launching a two-step verification system in an effort to protect users’ accounts from hacking attacks. The system is reportedly being tested internally, with a rollout expected to begin soon.
“Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and many other password-protected services have long used a two-step verification system,” the report notes. “This type of authentication is useful because even if a hacker successfully implements a phishing scheme — as was apparently the case in the AP Twitter hack — the culprit must retrieve the code sent to the user’s phone in order to access the account.”
A number of high-profile hacking incidents have taken place recently, with “60 Minutes” and the BBC among those targeted recently in Twitter hacks, the report notes.