Twitter faces hack attack; 250,000 user’s privacy under jeopardy

As per Microblog’s report anonymous hackers have attacked Twitter and have supposedly gotten access to passwords and other personal information of around 250,000 user accounts.

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In a blog post, Twitter said that passwords had been encrypted and that it had already reset them as a “precautionary measure” and was in the process of notifying affected users.

 

“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident,” Twitter said. “The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”

 

Twitter has more than 200 million active monthly users. It said that it is working with the government and federal law enforcement officials to track down the attackers.

 

As per various sources, the attack has been recognized having a Chinese origin but company has not mentioned any such links.

 

Jim Prosser, spokesman, said the social network Twitter is mainly known for 140-character messages and could not speculate the origin of attacks. He further said that the investigation was under process.

 

From the company’s point of view there is not any proof that indicates that the passwords had been compromised.

 

This is not the first such attack on Twitter; however it signed consent with the Federal Trade Commission in 2010 that includes the privacy measures for the company for 10 years for failing to safeguard user’s personal information.

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