Tech trials and tribulations
Twitter has blamed high profile news organisations for failing to adequately protect their accounts.
In an email sent by the company's partnerships team, Twitter said that media companies should implement security best practices to prevent such incidents again.
"There have been several recent incidents of high-profile news and media Twitter handles being compromised," read the email. "We believe that these attacks will continue, and that news and media organisations will continue to be high-value targets to hackers."
The BBC, Guardian, and Associated Press are among the organisations that received the email. All three have been victims of recent hacking attacks.
Amongst the recommendations were limiting Twitter use to one computer and using a password of 20 characters of random letters and numbers.
However, a number of media organisations have rejected Twitter's attempt to blame them for the hacking.
Many have pointed out that limiting Twitter access to one device and using a random 20+ character and number password shows how out of touch with realities of the modern media the social media giant is.
Several have called on Twitter to accept that it should implement two-factor authentication, rather than trying to suggest unworkable best practices.
It isn't just the media attacking Twitter for trying to shift the blame. Many security professionals have sided with major media outlets to say that it is Twitter's responsibility to ensure high profile accounts are adequately protected.
Some said that having single factor authentication makes it very easy for accounts to be hacked.
Writing on Sophos' company blog, senior security analyst Graham Cluley said media companies are at particular risk due to the nature of their work.
Both their high profile nature, and the fact they receive large amounts of genuine unsolicited emails containing attachments such as press releases and images mean they are at an extremely high risk of phishing.
"With many media organisations allowing a wide range of staff to update their official Twitter accounts, it only requires one worker to be fooled by an attack for the account password to fall into the wrong hands," he said.