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250K users affected as Twitter is hacked

Following on the heels of the recent cyber attacks on Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Twitter announced on Friday that it too had been a target of a sophisticated cyber attack. Hackers, the company said, were able to gain access to around 250,000 accounts including usernames, email addresses and passwords.

Twitter revealed on its official blog how it had detected unusual access patterns across the network and had identified unauthorized attempts to access user data that had led to accounts being compromised. Bob Lord, Director of Information Security for Twitter wrote, “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.”

The company has reset passwords for the accounts suspected of being affected. The company has also sent an e-mail to affected users informing them that they had to create a new password as their old password was no longer valid. As a precaution, we suggest you change your Twitter and any other service where you use the same password even if your account was not among the affected ones.