Almost 33 million and credentials ( username/password) retrieved by a Russian black hat hacker and he has since put them up for sale. That is 10% of Twitter’s active users being hacked. High profile personalities like Tech Guru and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s co-founder Evan Williams and Singer Katy Perry got affected too, their password was compromised.
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Reports earlier suggested that, twitter users were dwindling by the second and the giants were already worried, this trend will make it worse.
has officially denied that their security has been breached, but it is working around the clock to see whether there has been an intrusion on peoples’ accounts credentials.
It is very likely that security breaches at Myspace and LinkedIn were useful for the hacks to gain access to these 33 million twitter accounts. Many people use the same passwords on several platforms across the web, once any major social media platform gets hacked, their sister platforms begins to worry as well. Millions of usernames and their matching password from Myspace and LinkedIn has been put for sale on the dark web not long ago, the time they actually obtained these credentials is said to be somewhere 2011.
Several celebrities have been affected too since last week, a hacking group calling themselves OurMine revealed that Zuckerberg’s was “dadada”. Lana Del Ret and Keith Richards are among the tall list of people that got affected.
A twitter Spokesman has reiterated that
hasn’t been hacked. He said Twitter
“We are confident that these usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach – our systems have not been breached,” the company said. “In fact, we’ve been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what’s been shared from recent other password leaks.”
For 10 bitcoins, the equivalent of £4,000, one can have access to the over 32.9m records according to . Pinterest accounts also got compromised this week, and it is highly likely that Pinterest itself wasn’t hacked, but just like Twitter, the hackers are using passwords gotten from the LinkedIn and Myspace hacks.
As a security measure, twitter is crossing checking its own records and comparing it to the millions of password leaks which was put up for sale. If an account is possibly at any risk, they deactivate the account and simply contact the user and request for a password reset. Several millions of accounts had suffered this faith, getting frozen. Parts of Twitter’s release statement said ;
“In each of the recent password disclosures, we cross-checked the data with our records. As a result, a number of were identified for extra protection. Accounts with direct password exposure were locked and require a password reset by the account owner,”
“If your information was impacted by any of the recent issues – because of password disclosures from other companies or the leak on the ‘dark web’ – then you have already received an email that your account password must be reset.
“Your account won’t be accessible until you do so, to ensure that unauthorised individuals don’t have access.”
Users has been asked to use extra security measures and also try as much as possible, different passwords across different services.
You shouldn’t worry much if you
simply refuses to log in despite entering the right information, after resetting your password, everything should be restored back to normal for you.