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Twitter accounts hacked

Posted 02 February 2013 13:14 CET by Wombler

Twitter accounts have been hacked en masse and had their details stolen according to Twitter’s Security Director Bob Lord.

The latest in a series of prominent security scandals relating to mass security breaches involving Java vulnerabilities sees more than a quarter of a million Twitter users affected, with data including usernames and email addresses being compromised according to Twitter.

In an attempt to remedy the situation Twitter has invalidated passwords for all the affected accounts (that they are aware of) and emailed users with details regarding the incident.

Concerns have been raised regarding this method of contacting customers which leaves the door open to potential phishing spammers who will no doubt launch a wave of unofficial phishing attacks in attempt to exploit the incident and seek to further compromise users.

Myce therefore recommends that all Twitter users should be particularly careful over the next few weeks regarding official looking emails as any of these could be potentially fraudulent. We’d recommend that users should try and log on to their Twitter accounts in the normal way to see if they’ve been affected rather than clicking on any hyperlinks in emails.

Affected users will have to reset their passwords and if anyone here has had their account hacked we’d be interested to hear from you, so please let us know.

Twitter’s official blog details the incident further here.

DrDuty411
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 16:56
Was already aware of this being possible that's why I signed up under an alternate email not my main so I'm safe the alternate is always filled with spam most of the time lol.
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Wombler
Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 17:42
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrDuty411
Was already aware of this being possible that's why I signed up under an alternate email not my main so I'm safe the alternate is always filled with spam most of the time lol.
That's actually quite a clever move.

I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't think of things like that.


Wombler
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TSJnachos117
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 20:07
If there's anyone who uses the same username/password for multiple sites, it would be wise to change these as well, since someone now presumably knows your login info for those sites, too.
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olyteddy
Senior Moderator
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 20:14
I am sorry Wombler, could not make it through your article about Twitter because it was too long. there seemed to be more than 140 charachte
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Wombler
Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 22:03
Quote:
Originally Posted by olyteddy
I am sorry Wombler, could not make it through your article about Twitter because it was too long. there seemed to be more than 140 charachte
I'm not sure I understand that one.

Plenty of our articles are more than 140 characters and reviews etc run into thousands.

Why would you be limited to only 140 characters?


Wombler
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olyteddy
Senior Moderator
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 23:31
That is how many are allowed in a 'Tweet'.
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samlar
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 03 Feb 13 08:57
They did not get mine since I do not have it.
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AllanDeGroot
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 03 Feb 13 10:29
Quote:
Originally Posted by samlar
They did not get mine since I do not have it.
Nor mine because most times I have trouble condensing what I consider "important to say" into 1000characters let alone 140.

a Friend recently commented that he was going to stop using facebook and switch to twitter.
My immediate response was "MY GOD! facebook isn't shallow and superficial enough for you?"

I have a facebook account (which I studiously ignore) becase several family members were aggrevatingly persistantly insistant.

Now they gripe because I don't log on or reply... some of them stopped
when I told them to "Go fornicate an angry porcupine in a bathtub full of lemonade made with seawater.

The rest were to shalllow and superficial to understand... I think they moved onto twitter.
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ChristineBCW
MyCE Die Hard
Posted on: 03 Feb 13 10:47
I have wondered about the programmer's mentality that made him think, "A 140 character limit is all that's needed."

And that this limitation is popular is far more frightening than realizing some peabrain actually thought of this in the first place. And to think, I still scoff at Facebook's puny limits on Thought and Communication!

I'm looking for Orwellian reductions, too. "We found most messages easily fit in 80 characters, so that's our new limit." (They can charge money for extra characters, and then anyone reading those can also be charged - what a revenue stream!!)

(OK, well, a "stream" of something.)

Then down to 64, then 32. Georgie argued that one word would be eventually all that's necessary for his idealized society.

With enough talking heads popularizing 32, or even 24 or 16, I think this would give us a far better indication of the vast intelligence that's growing out there.

Does bleach work on it, too?
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Wombler
Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 03 Feb 13 16:17
Quote:
Originally Posted by olyteddy
That is how many are allowed in a 'Tweet'.
I should have spotted that one.


Wombler
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