Twitter shares tips on using service in conflict zones amid Ukraine crisisLeigh Mc Gowranon February 24, 2022 at 14:36 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


Twitter has issued advice to people using its services in conflict zones and other high-risk areas, following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine today (24 February).

The social media platform posted a large thread linking to multiple website pages on Twitter’s help centre, detailing ways users can help control their account and digital information.

While the world watches the invasion unfold, there have also been reports of various cyberattacks hitting Ukrainian computers and websites over the past two days. This is suspected to be a form of hybrid warfare by Russia.

When using Twitter in conflict zones or other high-risk areas, it’s important to be aware of how to control your account and digital information.

Every situation is different, so here are some things to consider:

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 24, 2022

The thread details a variety of tips such as how make a strong password, ways to link emails and phone numbers to change a password, instructions on setting up two-factor authentication and ways to tell if your account has been compromised.

The advice also shows how to delete a Twitter account, how to change tweets from public to private, ways to get back into your account if its been hacked, ways to restore features and how to disable location settings on mobile devices.

“Just like you might not want to tweet your home address, be cautious when tweeting from locations that you don’t want others to see,” Twitter said. “If you enabled Tweet location in the past and want to disable it (or) remove location info from your previous Tweets, you can.

“Just know deleting it on Twitter won’t guarantee it’ll be removed from third-party apps or external search results,” the company added in the thread

The first half of the thread is in English, with the information repeated further down in Ukrainian.

Ukraine cyberattacks

Multiple sources have said that Ukraine was the victim of a wave of cyberattacks yesterday (23 February), including targeted distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks on Ukrainian government websites and a new malware found on hundreds of computers.

DDOS attacks are when hackers attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server by overwhelming it with requests. This tactic is known to have been used by Russia in the past as part of hybrid warfare tactics during incursions in Georgia in 2008 and Crimea in 2014.

These incidents come following cyberattacks on Ukraine last month, when messages such as ‘be afraid and prepare for the worst’ were displayed on hacked government websites.

Even though some Ukrainian websites have seen a swifter recovery this time around, likely due to increased preparedness, the cyberattack incident “is ongoing, with latency and outages continuing at the security service”, a researcher told BBC News.

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