Twitter hacked via Google Apps
A hacker got into Twitter's internal systems through Google Apps, downloading confidential commercial documents and data, and gaining access to the private accounts of Twitter users (at least one user account that we know of).
Twitter staff had been using Google Docs, a service designed to compete with MS Office, trying to take customers away from Microsoft. However, anything that somebody does using Google Docs can automatically be accessed online simply by logging-in to the Google account.
In security terms, an account with Google can potentially put all your eggs in one basket. A hacker could take control of a wide range of services and data belonging to a user through their Google account, including their email account, YouTube account, online shopping account, AdWords account, AdSense account, iGoogle account, etc.
16 July 2009