Earlier on it was reported that millions of Twitter accounts were hacked, based on a suggestion from LeakedSource, bulk of the users affected by this data breach were Russians and stayed within Russia.
Twitter, earlier today, both confirmed and denied the allegations. Although the company confirmed that there was indeed a batch of Twitter @names and passwords leaked to the web “over the past days and weeks,” Twitter also denied all allegations that they themselves had been hacked.
We have investigated reports of Twitter usernames/passwords on the dark web, and we’re confident that our systems have not been breached.
“We securely store all passwords w/ bcrypt,” Coates continued. “We are working with @leakedsource to obtain this info & take additional steps to protect users.”
Even though it is recommended to use a strong passwords on the web, that alone might not protect you from hackers. We all know the stress of typing in passwords all the time, so what we do is allow our browsers to save the password so as soon as we key in the user name, passwords appear automatically, today’s malware is created to affect browsers such that details saved on browsers were lifted,
Remember that Twitter probably doesn’t store the passwords in plaintext, Chrome and Firefox did – LeakedSource
If your Twitter account is affected because of password disclosures from other companies or the leak on the “dark web”, you will receive an email from Twitter informing you that your account password needs to be reset, you wont be able to access your account unless you do so.
Here are a few steps you can take to keep your Twitter account safe:
- Enable login verification (e.g. two factor authentication). This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
- Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
- Use a password manager such as 1Password or LastPass to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.
Twitter has also promised to work very hard towards keeping your account safe.
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.