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Twitter Porn Star Tag Catch Unwary

Twitter Porn Star Tag Catch Unwary

IT security and control firm Sophos is advising Twitter users not to participate in a major trend whereby users Tweet their ‘porn star names’ – typically formed by posting the name of a first pet and the name of the first street a user lived on. Sophos warns that, by doing so, thousands of people are potentially making life easy for identity thieves eager to mine information from the micro-blogging website. The problem with publically sharing such information is that many sites (such as web email providers) choose questions like ‘what was the name of your first pet?’ as security questions which are used to reset passwords. As reported in recent weeks by IrishDev.com high profile celebrities like Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton and Salma Hayek (read more) have all had their private email accounts compromised by hackers guessing their secret answers.

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