Think twice before tweeting about a data breach

Think twice before tweeting about a data breach

Posted December 29, 2020

Think twice before tweeting about a data breach

  • This year, NetGalley, the website that provides advanced e-copies of books to reviewers, sent its season’s greetings in a different tone. In an email to its users before Christmas eve, the company declared: “It is with great regret that we inform you that on Monday, December 21, 2020 NetGalley was the victim of a data security incident.”
  • Unfortunately, many users took to social media and started discussing the incident without thinking about what they are putting up for everyone to see. And in their haste to be the first to tweet about the breach, many users made awful mistakes, which could further compromise their security.
  • The above is perhaps the worst way to tweet about the incident. The user admits using his NetGalley password for several other accounts.

– Ben Dixon | December 29, 2020