The Onion explains how its Twitter account was hacked

The attack compromised several Google Apps accounts, one of which controlled The Onion's Twitter account

By , IDG News Service |  Data Protection

The paper's technology team said that the email addresses for Twitter accounts should be stored on a different system than an organization's normal email. As long as the passwords are strong, "this will make your Twitter accounts virtually invulnerable to phishing."

Also, The Onion recommended that tweets should go through an application such as HootSuite, which prevents password-based access to accounts. HootSuite uses single sign-on and OAuth, which use session and security tokens to authenticate repeat users.

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