Another devastating news for Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has hit the web and perhaps it’s the most dreadful of all. A marketing expert Rishi Lakhani has claimed that Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has a flaw using which, anyone can gain access to a Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) account, send and receive direct messages and change the profile information. An article on Business Insider reported this issue and said that Lakhani has not only claimed this, he demonstrated this my taking full control of the source’s account within seconds. If a Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) user logs in from an app or website, the third party can gain complete access to direct messages.
Majority of the websites and apps let the users login to Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) or from Twitter to and from their apps and websites. Lakhani was doing the same from the website Inbound when he saw a warning that the website will be able to read his direct messages. The source said that its website and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) account also lets the users to login to their accounts in order to make the registration process simple. But this massive security flaw is clearly depicting the non-seriousness and unprofessionalism of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR). This flaw could affect more than 284 million Twitter users and companies.
The problem lies in the API which Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is giving the websites to let their users login. It enables the developer to perform three tasks: Read Only, Read and Write, Read and Write DM. This could be one of the most catastrophic error Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has made and it was going unnoticed till now. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is already going through its bad phase. Angry investors are lashing out the company and now, users and websites will join them in grilling the company management for this security flaw.
John Thaler’s Jat Capital Management owns over 7.3 million shares in Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR).