This time, the scheme raises serious questions over how easy it is to hijack and alter verified accounts on the social network. In this case, two US lawmakers with verified status, Frank Pallone and Brenda Lawrence, reportedly had their accounts taken over, alongside corporate accounts such as those belonging to film production firm Pathe UK. The scammers then changed the display name to ‘Elon Musk,’ using one non-standard character to avoid setting off any alarms at Twitter HQ. While those who had their account hijacked could have largely prevented this by turning on two-factor authentication, the changing of verified status display names should have raised the alarm, according to experts. “The nature of this scam brings to light some seemingly obvious issues with Twitter’s verified account system. “If the purpose of the blue check mark is to assure a person’s handle matches their real identity, then why is it possible to change a verified account’s display name?
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