There has been another hack for Twitter users to be aware of. The credentials of over 32 million accounts have been collected, probably by using malware, as Twitter has said that there hasn’t been a breach whatsoever to its system. It turns out these credentials are being sold on the dark web.
A site known as “Leakedsource” is a site that has a search engine of leaked login credentials announced in a blog post saying that it had received a copy of these user info from “Tessa88exploit.im”. That was the same byname the person who gave its hacked data from Russian social network VK last week used.
Twitter however, continues to stick to the fact that its system wasn’t breached.
We are confident that these usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach – our systems have not been breached. 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.
Leakedsource believes based on the info on the data, that the credentials were collected by malware infecting browser such as Chrome or Firefox but not stolen directly from Twitter. Leakedsource also said that 32,888,300 records are contained in the cache of twitter data and it includes usernames, email addresses and passwords. The users mostly affected appeared to be in Russia.
It turns out that many celebrities were affected including Mark Zuckerberg who had many of his non-Facebook social media accounts hacked just this week including Twitter. He was ridiculed because he repeatedly used “dadada” as his password on different sites, funny isn’t it? These hackings were possible due to the re-use of passwords leaked in the LinkedIn and MySpace breaches.
Twitter hereby uses this opportunity to ask users to be more creative with their choice of passwords as Leakedsource’s data analysis showed that popular passwords like “123456” showed up 120,417 times and “password” 17,471 times. So a more unique and strong password should be created and used to prevent incidents like this, especially if you are the kind of person who uses just one password in accessing different sites.
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS or mobile device app. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 offices around the world.
Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass and launched in July 2006. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with more than 100 million users posting 340 million tweets a day in 2012. The service also handled 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet”. As of March 2016, Twitter has more than 310 million monthly active users.