Twitter Hacked – Up To 250,000 Accounts Affected

Twitter Banner

Yesterday Twitter announced on their blog that they have fallen victim to a recent hacking attempt during which a suspected 250,000 Twitter accounts were compromised.

Twitter have confirmed that the hack was successful to a degree and although a very small proportion of their user base was affected, those that were had details like their username, email address, session key and an encrypted version of their passwords compromised.

This attack on Twitter is by no means isolated, we are seeing more and more large companies falling prey to these kinds of attacks; Dropbox, LinkedIn and even technology journalist Mat Honan have all been on the receiving end of a hack.

In an official statement Bob Lord, Twitters director of Information Security had the following to say:

This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked. For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.

Has my account been hacked?

Twitter have already contacted the owners of the accounts it feels has been affected by this attack. If your account has been affected then you will have received an email much like the one shown below:

Twitter Hack Email

Please don’t ignore this email! It is not spam and is completely genuine. If you’re a regular reader of RefuGeeks then you will know that we take security seriously, as you should too. So, even if you haven’t had an email like the one above we would recommend that you change you password anyway, just in case. Remember to always use strong passwords as well.

Twitter isn’t the first site to be hacked, and it certainly won’t be last. It’s all about staying vigilant when online and doing anything you can to ensure that your information stays as secure as possible.

Twitter Hacked – Up To 250,000 Accounts Affected
User Rating: 0 (0 votes)