/// Twitter Hacked, 250,000 User Accounts Potentially Compromised

February 2, 2013  |  All Things Digital

Twitter disclosed on Friday evening that its systems had been attacked in the past week by an unidentified group of hackers. As a result of the the attack, the hackers may have had access to the usernames, email addresses and other sensitive information of nearly a quarter of a million twitter users. “This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later,” the company said in a blog post . “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.” On Friday evening, Twitter sent out emails to those users whose accounts may have been compromised, notifying them that the company had automatically reset their user passwords, and that they would need to create a new password in order to access the service again. The hack comes on the heels of a week of major, nationally publicized security issues with a number of major publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal (which, disclosure, is owned by News Corp., ATD’s parent company). In their stories on the hacks, both publications made allegations that the attacks stemmed from their investigative reporting efforts covering Chinese officials, and that the Chinese government may be involved in some capacity. The week also saw prolonged service outages from Amazon, Bank of America and other major institutions that touch the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people globally. Sources close to Amazon, however, told AllThingsD that the outage was related to internal issues . And on Friday, a source familiar with the matter told AllThingsD that Bank of America’s prolonged outage was again not related to the recent attacks on the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal or Twitter. In Director of Security Bob Lord’s company blog post, Twitter makes no indication as to who was responsible for Twitter’s security breach, nor does Lord connect the hack directly to any of the incidents affecting major Web companies this week. “The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked,” Lord wrote in his post. As of Friday evening, Twitter has not disclosed, nor does not seem to know, who the group of hackers are.

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