June 19, 2013
250,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked
Posted on Feb 2, 2013
Anonymous hackers gained access to the usernames, email addresses and passwords associated with a quarter of a million Twitter accounts before the company noticed “unusual access patterns” across its network Friday, The Guardian reports.
Bob Lord, director of information security at Twitter, said the attack was “not the work of amateurs” and probably not an isolated incident.
“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,” Lord said. “As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts.
“The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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