Elon Musk’s Twitter has announced the end of text-based two-factor authentication on free Twitter accounts on 19th March this year, setting hackers across the world on high alert for their impending ‘Christmas Day’.
After spending $44bn on a platform worth only a fraction of that amount, Elon Musk is desperately trying to cut costs, and has decided that the security of people’s accounts isn’t that important anyway.
Hacker Simon Williams told us, “Two-factor authentication is a pain in the backside for people like me – just when you think you’re into someone’s account, they get sent a text message to confirm it’s them, and poof! Your access disappears.
“We much preferred the olden days when people just had an easily-guessable password and nothing else, it was so much easier to take hold of social media accounts and use them for nefarious purposes such as promoting cryptocurrencies or getting Donald Trump elected.
“I’ll be honest, I thought those halcyon days were consigned to history, so you can imagine my joy at this announcement! We can only thank Elon for his foresight in ensuring Twitter accounts will be significantly more vulnerable from the 19th March this year.
“If I were you, I’d make an appointment to be on Twitter on the 20th March, I would imagine there will be some fireworks. But maybe think about setting up an authentication app first.”