As we all know, Twitter is a micro-blogging website used by millions of people including politicians, movie stars, sports celebrities and so on. People use this medium to express their opinions in a status message format which can’t be longer than 140 characters.
The above news article is about a young Frenchman who hacked into President Obama’s Twitter account. The accused confessed that he cracked passwords by simply trying different possibilities. He also said that it is against his ethics to steal or destroy any information and that his only aim was to prove that twitter is vulnerable to attacks.
The hacker’s act is clearly a cybercrime, however it has made everyone doubt and worry about the website’s security policies. This is called “White Hat” hacking, or ethical hacking, where the hacker’s only intention is to expose the security flaws of a particular system or website.
Now the obvious question is whether anyone can claim to be a “white hat” hacker and get involved in these types of activities?
In my opinion, if ethical hacking becomes an excuse for malicious hackers then there is no end to it. “White hat” hackers should be recognized legally and should work under a recognized firm and hacking should be part of their profession, not their hobby.
Since the accused was unemployed and hacked into Obama’s account by sheer personal interest, he was given suspended jail terms.
On another note, to what extent is Twitter to be blamed in this hacking issue? Generally speaking, is a single password enough to verify identity when it comes to social networking websites?