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Hackers Attempt to Breach 250,000 Twitter Users

Posted on February 3, 2013

If you have Twitter, now is a good time to reset your password. The social network has released a statement that its servers suffered at least one attack that may have collected email addresses, passwords, and session tokens of about 250,000 Twitter users. Thankfully, the passwords were encrypted and Twitter was able to avert the attack as soon as it started.

Users whose Twitter accounts were compromised received an email notifying the attempted breach, advising them to create a new password because their old one will not work anymore.

Twitter also advises users, include those whose accounts were not attacked, to “follow good password hygiene” on the site and anywhere else on the Internet.

One of Twitter’s advice include: “Make sure you use a strong password – at least 10 (but more is better) characters and a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols – that you are not using for any other accounts or sites.”

Twitter also warns this may not be the last of such attacks, which the company describes as “extremely sophisticated.” It may not be a bad idea to keep your passwords reset regularly.

Source: Twitter, via Engadget



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