How Hackers Are Targeting Your Twitter Account [INFOGRAPHIC]

Can you guess how many of the top 10 Twitter users have been hacked? Or what the most common password was before Twitter had to ban it for security reasons?

On the internet, privacy and security are major concerns, and this telling infographic depicts just how rampant hacking – whether as a result of malicious software or human error – is on Twitter.

Dubbed “Twacked: When good accounts go bad”, this infographic from Veracode covers some of the most famous hacks in Twitter’s history, and gives you a thing or two to think about the next time you’re resetting your password (come to think of it, when was the last time you did that?).

Apparently, the password “123456” was the most common password on Twitter before the company had to ban it – along with 400 other passwords that are simply too easy for hackers to guess, such as “password”, “twitter”, “aaaaaa” and “qwerty”.

And, as you might guess, the more famous you are on Twitter the more hackers will target you. Of the top ten most-followed Twitter users – including Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, and Ashton Kutcher – only two (Shakira and Taylor Swift) have never been hacked.

The infographic also details just how dangerous hacking can be when a news organization that people trust is targeted, citing the false tweet that ScriptKiddies sent from the NBC News account stating that Ground Zero had been attacked on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

There’s a lot to learn from this infographic, especially if you’re good at learning from others’ mistakes. Keep your account secure so you don’t end up on the second edition of “Twacked”!

Here’s the infographic (click to enlarge):

Image courtesy of Yuri Arcurs via Shutterstock

Hat tip: Mashable