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Account hijacking definition

Account hijacking is a type of cyberattack during which a hacker takes control of the victim’s account associated with a computer device or online service.

Real account hijacking example

In 2020, cybercriminals hijacked 130 high-profile Twitter accounts to promote a bitcoin scam. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Kim Kardashian were just some of the well-known people to be affected.

Stopping an account hijacking

  • Create strong and unique passwords for every account
  • Set up multi-factor authentication
  • Don’t click on suspicious links and attachments