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False news reports spread by hackers gaining access to news agency Twitter accounts have caused the popular web messaging service to tighten its security. 

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Twitter tightens security

News from Twitter is fast, interesting, but not always reliable.

Take, for example, last month's report from the Associated Press news agency's Twitter account which said that President Barack Obama had been injured after two blasts at the White House.

Since AP is one of the world's biggest agencies, the report had an immediate effect, temporarily shaking up the world's financial markets.

The news report was a false one, written not by an AP source, but by an unknown hacker who had gained access to the AP twitter account.

Similar hacker incursions have occurred with the twitter accounts of AFP, the Financial Times and other news organisations.

Now Twitter is fighting back. The popular web message service said it is stepping up security measures.

Twitter said it would implement a new login verification system, "a form of two-factor authentication" which is "a second check to make sure it's really you" when a user signs in.

"Of course, even with this new security option turned on, it's still important for you to use a strong password and follow the rest of our advice for keeping your account secure," said Jim O'Leary of Twitter Product Security.

Twitter, too must do its part. The web company admitted in February that it was hit by a "sophisticated" cyber attack and that the passwords of about 250,000 users were stolen.

Adapted from an AFP story.

tighten – to make something become stricter  ทำให้เข้มงวด
security – protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย
reliable – that you can depend on; that can be trusted to work well เชื่อถือได้ไว้ใจได้
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
blast – an explosion การระเบิด
immediate – happening or done now, without any delay ทันทีทันใด
temporarily – for a limited period of time ชั่วคราว
shake up – to surprise somebody and make them think about something in a different way or make them anxious
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
source – a place where information comes from; someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
hacker – a person who secretly finds a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission  ผู้ที่มีความชำนาญในการใช้คอมพิวเตอร์ไปในทางที่ผิดกฎหมาย เช่น แอบขโมยข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ในเครือข่าย
access – to be able to get into a place or use something เข้าสู่, มีโอกาสในการใช้
incursion – a sudden attack; the sudden appearance of something in a particular area of activity that is either not expected or not wanted การบุกรุก, การจู่โจม,การโจมตี
step up – to increase; to cause to get stronger ทำให้เข้มข้นขึ้น
measure – a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation มาตราการ
implement – to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้
verification – the process of checking that something is true or accurate การพิสูจน์ความจริง, การตรวจสอบความเป็นจริง
factor – a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
authentication – verification; the process of checking that something is true or accurate การพิสูจน์ความจริง, การตรวจสอบความเป็นจริง
option – a choice; something that you can choose in a particular situation ทางเลือก
secure – safe from attack or harm ปลอดภัย
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
sophisticated – complicated and advanced in design or planning ซับซ้อน

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