Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter hacked with pro-SSL graffiti

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Movie star Ashton Kutcher, perhaps best known to many people as Mr Demi Moore, appears to have had his Twitter account compromised while he attended the brainbox TED Conference in Long Beach, California. And the suspicion has to be that a lack of SSL encryption was to blame.

Messages posted to Ashton Kutcher’s ‘aplusk’ account, which were shared with his more than 6.4 million Twitter followers, said:

Ashton, you’ve been Punk’d. This account is not secure. Dude, where’s my SSL?

and

P.S. This is for those young protesters around the world who deserve not to have their Facebook & Twitter accounts hacked like this. #SSL

Tools such as Firesheep make it child's play for anybody sitting close to you to jump onto your Facebook or Twitter session if you're using unencrypted WiFi without an SSL connection, for example at a free WiFi...

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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