The Syrian Electronic Army has apparently managed to modify tweets from Barack Obama's official Twitter account to include links to a pro-Assad video, as well as compromise the email accounts of eight staff members of the organization that maintains his official website, and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
High-Tech Bridge decided to conduct a simple technical experiment to verify how the 50 largest social networks, web services and free emails systems respect – or indeed abuse - the privacy of their users.
When Twitter finally offered 2-factor authentication for its users in May, many were disappointed by the offering as its usefulness hinged on verification codes being delivered via SMS, and the feature didn't work with many mobile carriers.
The Syrian Electronic Army has been busy over the last few days, and has managed both to hijack the official Reuters Twitter account and to compromise personal email accounts of a number of White House staffers.
The Twitter underground economy and the fake social account market as a whole continues to gain momentum, and the financial motivations of this multimillion-dollar business remain clear.