It’s time for everyone to start taking security a bit more seriously.
All right, everyone. Grab your mobile devices, raise your right hands, and repeat after us: I will change my Twitter password. I will not use the same password on every service. I will use features like two-factor authentication, when services provide it, to ensure that my accounts aren’t easily hacked by those who know the single password I use everywhere.
Got it? Now, if you’re friends with Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe, please force him to take the pledge the next time you see him. He’s the latest, high-profile victim of a Twitter account takeover, and he allegedly used an old password and no authentication for his account—which is how the unknown attacker got in.
According to TechCrunch, the breach happened late Wednesday night, as Iribe’s bio suddenly changed to “hey its @Lid… im not testing ya security im just havin a laugh.”
And that was just the beginning.
“Imagine creating the coolest s**t to ever be introduced to gaming and technology but using the same pass for 4 years lol… silly mr CEO,” read one tweet.
“If Brendan wants his twitter back i want a free oculus rift so i watch porn the cool way,” the hacker asked in another.
The person behind the attack claimed that he or she found one of Iribe’s old passwords listed within the big dump of MySpace user name and password combinations that hit last month. The attacker also claimed that he or she could have accessed Iribe’s email account had he not protected that with two-factor authentication—though it’s unclear whether the attacker meant Iribe’s personal account or his Oculus account, one scenario likely a lot more catastrophic than the other.
Twitter has since restored the account back to normal, and Iribe (or one of his assistants) has changed the password and (hopefully) boosted security a little. At least the Oculus CEO is in good company, though, considering other Silicon Valley bigwigs like Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Dick Costolo have all had some social media accounts hacked lately as well.