It is hard to believe but the RSA Conference registration page is collecting Twitter credentials sending them back to an RSA server, in-security by design!
Security experts from Twitter recently made a singular discovery, the final step of the registration page on the RSA Conference website was requesting user’s Twitter credentials and sending them to the conference server.
You heard right! The organization of the security conference RSA’s Executive Security Action Forum (ESAF) is collecting Twitter account passwords of participants through a dedicated form.
The final registration page on the RSA Conference website is a promotional social media offering, the data collected are anyway sent to the conference server.
That’s absurd! The page asks for plaintext password, instead implementing the OAUTH authentication mechanism that could preserve user’s data.
Why one of the most important security firms in the world is doing a so stupid thing, experts are shouting to the failure of all the security best practices.
If u want to feel kinda bad abt the security industry, these r all the folks who gave the RSAC site their Twitter pw https://t.co/xjpo7lgJ4N
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.