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Twitter ups security for high-profile users for Election Day

Twitter has added extra security measures to keep "high-profile accounts "safe and secure" during the upcoming Election Day (03.11.20).

The micro-blogging site has announced they are turning on password reset protection and they've advised those users to also activate two-factor authentication.

In a blog, they stated: "Voters, political candidates, elected officials and journalists rely on Twitter every day to share and find reliable news and information about the election, and we take our responsibility to them seriously.

"As we learn from the experience of past security incidents and implement changes, we're also focused on keeping high-profile accounts on Twitter safe and secure during the 2020 US election."

The users will be prompted of the new security features.

It comes two months after billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates were among a host of major names to have been caught up in an apparent Bitcoin Twitter hacking scam.

The Tesla and Amazon CEO's and Microsoft co-founder, and celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West, and former US President Barack Obama, were among those to have had their accounts compromised.

Some of the above accounts requested donations in the cryptocurrency.

A post on Gates' page read: "Everyone is asking me to give back. "You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000."

Twitter said it was a "co-ordinated" attack targeting its employees "with access to internal systems and tools".

Jack Dorsey's firm said: "We know they [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf."

Twitter took "significant steps" to limit access to their internal systems and even stopped verified accounts from tweeting.

Dorsey tweeted: "Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened."

Dr Alexi Drew from King's College London told the BBC it could have been far worse for Twitter.

He commented: "If you were to have this kind of incident take place in the middle of a crisis, where Twitter was being used to either communicate de-escalatory language or critical information to the public, and suddenly it's putting out the wrong messages from several verified status accounts - that could be seriously destabilising (sic)"

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