How secure a Twitter replacement is Mastodon? Let us count the ways

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Earlier this month, a researcher discovered a misconfiguration in multiple instances that allowed for the downloading and deleting of all files stored on the server and replacing every user’s profile picture. I've seen disparate versions running, so who knows what the consistency will be.”Mastodon—or at least instances hosting widely known or influential users—is also likely to be much more susceptible to distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDos), which knock sites offline by bombing servers with more traffic or commands than they can handle. Unlike the centralized model of Twitter and virtually every other social media platform, Mastodon is built on a federated model of independent servers, known as instances.

Source read time: 4 min - arstechnica.com

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