Yesterday, Twitter Counter, a popular tool for analyzing Twitter followers, was hacked. A number of prominent Twitter accounts tweeted Nazi messages through the third-party app, according to reports. The tweets have since been deleted and Twitter Counter has temporarily suspended service. The company has also blocked the ability to post tweets from its service to mitigate the threat. Likewise, Twitter released a statement that the issue has been resolved and no further action is required by users.
The good news: Your account is most likely OK for now. However, the incident is a reminder that while you may take the appropriate steps to secure your Twitter account (regularly changing the password, using two-factor authentication), third-party apps and services could be a route for someone to gain access to your account. Check which apps are connected to your account and revoke access for anything you don’t need. You can also revoke access for Twitter Counter while they sort out how hackers were able to gain access to the service and fix the problem.
Revoking Twitter Apps
Follow these steps to check which apps are connected to your Twitter account and revoke access.
- Login to Twitter
- Click on your image on the top right
- Go to “Settings and Privacy”
- Click on the “Apps” section on the left
- Click the “Revoke Access” button for Twitter Counter
- Repeat for any other apps you no longer need or don’t recognize