Is Twitter finally taking security seriously?

Is Twitter finally taking security seriously?

Summary: Now that Oprah's all a twitter, it looks like everyone's favorite micro-blogging tool is finally taking a hard look at security.According to a job listing posted online, Twitter is searching for software engineers to focus specifically on application and infrastructure security.

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Now that Oprah's all a twitter, it looks like everyone's favorite micro-blogging tool is finally taking a hard look at security.

According to a job listing posted online, Twitter is searching for software engineers to focus specifically on application and infrastructure security.

The search for security personnel follows several high-profile worm attacks that exploited security vulnerabilities on Twitter's Web site and public complaints that the company did not think about securing its service until it was too late.

In addition to the worm attacks, malware purveyors and spammers have already infiltrated the popular messaging service and security researchers grumble that efforts to report software flaws are largely unsuccessful.

For now, Twitter is looking for staffers to handle the following responsibilities:

  • Pro-actively look for ways to improve Twitter's web security practices
  • Analyze and improve security of existing Rails web application
  • Design, implement, and maintain application security policy, standards, and procedures
  • Run periodic application vulnerability assessments
  • Refactor and improve maintainability of the codebase
  • Rapidly fix bugs and solve problems
  • Code using primarily Ruby and C
  • Conduct design and code reviews
  • Pair program
  • Interface with product, front-end, and operations teams

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  • Private Data on Public Domain = BIG Mistake

    ONLY fools spew private data on a Public Domain
    where anything goes....
    Christian_<><
    • Correct.

      All of those ID thieves are having a field day with all of your personal data on the net.
      Fame, opinions and comments are good but like anything there are limits and we are now in the "social networking" phase and it feels good now but when the bad consequences catch up we feel stupid what we posted on the internet years ago.
      I short, be careful what you say and do in your public life, there are many people listening, reading and watching you and it stay on the internet forever.
      phatkat
  • RE: Is Twitter finally taking security seriously?

    Oh I am sure they are serious about it but probably do not know how to handle it. I do not see the point of it actually. My boss had me try it on my phone and to me it seemed like a place for constant status updates.. Maybe its matured a little since I first tried it but I do not need to post my every move.
    bobiroc
  • Is anyone taking twitter seriously?

    I mean really are they?!?!
    JABBER_WOLF
    • No. We seriously aren't

      They could disappear tomorrow and I wouldn't notice. Well, except maybe for the absence of articles by people who invested in Twitter stock and want to hype it up so that they can sell high. :)
      TheGooch1
  • RE: Is Twitter finally taking security seriously?

    I just don't get it. First we had Blogs which is really just a "renaming" of a personal website with viewer comments. So now we have twitter. I really don't care to read someone's ongoing comments about their on the hour activities. It's just not that interesting to me. At least some blogs have some substance to them.

    If you need company collaboration thats what groupware is for and hey its private and secured. Heck you could grab any decent web developer and they can create an internal comments systems on your own intranet thats secured and on your private network.
    jimk_z
  • RE: Is Twitter finally taking security seriously?

    I know it's got to be difficult to have all this popularity, scrutiny, [i]and[/i] "balance sheet" issues that constrain what is feasible in really attempting to fix vulnerabilities. Like Facebook, Twitter is probably going to continue to have issues in the future all though I commend them on taking it head on. If you spend a lot of time on these social networks it's worth spending a few minutes to review the risks on a site like this http://www.justaskgemalto.com/en/search/node/facebook.
    Steve KTG
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