Twitter hacked, user data for as many as 250,000 may have been accessed

Twitter hacked, user data for as many as 250,000 may have been accessed
Friday, Twitter announced on its blog that it detected unusual access patterns which led to identifying unauthorized access to user data.

The company stopped one attack in its tracks, but after deeper investigation it was determined that attackers might have gained access to usernames, passwords and email addresses along with session data. From the looks of things, it affected about 250,000 users.

Affected users will receive (or may have received already) an email from Twitter explaining that passwords and session tokens have been revoked and will have to reset with a new password. Twitter also reminds users to exercise “good password hygiene” which is good advice for any user account. After all, you do not want to be one of the people that use weak passwords.

According to Twitter, “the attack was not the work of amateurs” and was “extremely sophisticated.” Twitter publicized the event in an effort to alert other companies whom may be suffering similar attacks. So, if you noticed that your links between Twitter and Facebook are not working, or you cannot Tweet pictures of your dinner from your phone, check your email and update the password to your account.

source: Twitter

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9 Comments

1. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

i wish that i was the hacker and i could hack all accounts of celebrities and there data!! But hats off to the hacker coz now he hacked my account.. :P

7. metalpoet unregistered

according to twitter it was extremely sophisticated...haha yeah right! they are just saying that so they cover their own asses and make it sound worse than it really was. it was probably a teenage hacker who just wanted to piss off alot of ppl and twitter's defenses were crap. yahoo, facebook, and twitter are all the same with their password security.

2. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Opened my twitter and saw this.

3. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

had nothing on any my social web. the web is just for getting fun, getting jobs (email), games and work. nothing personal and privacy. secret, generally yes, but privacy, NEVER! won't share my privacy on the air but on ground only, face to face - eye to eye and then mouth can catch up.

4. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

After repeated hacks, thay can't maintain security, now they want to add video? No thanks, Twitter. My account has been deactivated, so I will tweet no more.

8. metalpoet unregistered

hell yeah. i canceled my twitter, hotmail, and yahoo 2 years ago when my yahoo kept getting hacked and i had to keep switching between 10 different passwords. if ppl want to talk to me they can text me or see me face to face

5. LuckyOne

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

It's kind of sad how many accounts can be hacked due to laziness (weak passwords) of accounts' owners.

6. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Hackers are the absolute scum of the earth and deserve to be publicly executed. Nothing fancy, just drag em ouyt kicking and screaming and then unceremoniously shoot them in the head. Glad I don't need to let everyone know I'm grocery shopping so I don't use twitter.

9. metalpoet unregistered

isnt that what our death rox policy should be. instead of ppl waiting on death row for some fancy lethal injection thats expensive anyways. if people are bad enough take am out back and shoot em. its cheap, efficient, and helps control the population(do we really want sick bastard, hackers, politicians, lawyers to infest our world with their horrible genes?)

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