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  • Writer's pictureStan Patey

Twitter Passwords & Airbnb Phishing

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Phishing attacks just keep coming. Cyber-criminals use the same basic methods but add new twists that leverage current events. Twitter comes forward to warn of an internal security lapse and recommends users update their passwords.


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Twitter: @TwitterSupport tweeted on May 3: “We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password.”

Carelessness on Twitter’s part but they get points from me (as if they care) for transparency. This is not much of a threat, but it’s so easy to change your password, why wouldn’t you?


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Airbnb has alerted users that a recent phishing scam leveraging new European Union GDPR security requirements is circulating. The spoofed email threatens Airbnb hosts that they won’t be able to accept new bookings or message guests until they accept the new Airbnb Privacy Policy. The privacy link prompts users for their personal information which legitimate organizations would never ask for via email.

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In response to this phishing attack Airbnb recommends: “If you receive an email or are directed to a website that looks like Airbnb but asks for confidential information, be cautious. When in doubt, always start at the Airbnb home page. Type in your browser and go from there.”

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