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Twitter accounts hacked

Posted at 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.

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There are 10 comments

DrDuty411
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 17:56
    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.
    Wombler
    Administrator & Reviewer
    Posted on: 02 Feb 13 18:42
      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
      TSJnachos117
      MyCE Senior Member
      Posted on: 02 Feb 13 21:07
        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.
        olyteddy
        Senior Moderator
        Posted on: 02 Feb 13 21:14
          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
          Wombler
          Administrator & Reviewer
          Posted on: 02 Feb 13 23:03
            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
            olyteddy
            Senior Moderator
            Posted on: 03 Feb 13 00:31
              That is how many are allowed in a 'Tweet'.
              samlar
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 03 Feb 13 09:57
                They did not get mine since I do not have it.
                AllanDeGroot
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 03 Feb 13 11:29
                  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.
                  ChristineBCW
                  MyCE Die Hard
                  Posted on: 03 Feb 13 11:47
                    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?
                    Wombler
                    Administrator & Reviewer
                    Posted on: 03 Feb 13 17:17
                      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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