Twitter Hacked! 250,000 User Accounts Compromised

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The last few weeks Chinese hackers have been hacking US Media companies including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Dow Jones & Co. Twitter is now the latest victim of being hacked. According to a blog post from Twitter, about 250,000 accounts were compromised.

According to the blog post:

This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.

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As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts. If your account was one of them, you will have recently received (or will shortly) an email from us at the address associated with your Twitter account notifying you that you will need to create a new password. Your old password will not work when you try to log in to Twitter.

Twitter is sending out emails to account owners that were compromised stating: “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.”

While Twitter didn’t identify the source of the attack, it called the hackers “extremely sophisticated,” and added “we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”

Now is the time to change your twitter password and review the strength of all the passwords you use. Be sure to make your password long enough and complex enough that a hacker can’t just run a dictionary attack on your account and start masquerading as you.

Tim Martin is a Technology specialist, who gives us insights into the technology and software that helps us to get through our day. Technology is everywhere, an increasingly pervasive part of our lives. Tim helps us make sense of it in many ways.