Twitter has recently reported that 250,000 users have had their user names and passwords stolen, as a result of a very sophisticated attack on their servers.
A quarter of a million Twitter users have had their accounts compromised in the latest of a string of high-profile internet security breaches.
“Twitter’s information security director Bob Lord said about 250,000 users’ passwords had been stolen, as well as usernames, emails and other data.
Affected users have had passwords invalidated and have been sent emails informing them.
Mr Lord said the attack “was not the work of amateurs”.He said it appeared similar to recent attacks on the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
The US newspapers reported that their computer systems had been breached by China-based hackers.
Twitter has 200 million active users.
Mr Lord said in a blog post Twitter had discovered unauthorised attempts to access data held by the website, including one attack that was identified and stopped moments after it was detected.”
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Although Twitter has stated that all affected users have been sent emails informing them of the attack, users should be extra diligent, to ensure that any emails that appear to have been sent by Twitter are legitimate.
It is highly likely that this unfortunate incident will prompt a spate of spam emails from spammers “phishing” for sensitive information. Therefore users should be very cautious about responding to any emails requesting personal information.
To check if your Twitter account has been hacked, simply log into your Twitter account as normal, if you experience a problem accessing your account, then you should try and reset your email address and password.
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