There’s A Terrifying New Way People Can Hack All Your Online Accounts


A hell of a lot of people were pretty surprised to see a tweet recently from politician and Black Lives Matter activist, DeRay Mckesson, endorsing Donald Trump

The situation did however explain itself when it turned out he’d actually been hacked – but this was no normal hack.

It used a technique known as ‘social engineering’ which manipulates people to gain their trust so they’ll divulge personal information, reports Tech Mic.

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So, it works something like this – millions of people’s social security information has been leaked online and hackers can access this data.

They can then impersonate you while on the phone with, for example, a customer service representative, gaining access to all manner of personal accounts.

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In Mckesson’s case, the hacker managed to access his phone’s SIM – redirecting ID confirmation texts from Twitter to a different phone – thus giving them free reign over his social media account.

This video, produced by Fusion, shows the technique in action:

However, social engineering isn’t new. In fact, it’s been a common technique for decades.

But a recent surge in socially engineered hacks does mean service providers like Verizon and AT&T are strengthening their defences.

That’s obviously great, but it probably means the next time you’re looking for a favour from customer support, they’re going to be a lot harder to convince…