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Twitter claims user passwords exposed, tells users to change

06 May, 2018, 16:53 | Author: Tara Roberts
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Twitter has warned its more than 330 million users worldwide to change their account passwords due to a bug recently found in its internal network.

An internal investigation found no indication that passwords were stolen or misused, Twitter added, but users should change their passwords "out of an abundance of caution".

-Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.

Twitter did not say how many passwords were affected but it is understood the number was "substantial" and that they were exposed for "several months".

The company encrypts user passwords via a process called hashing to keep them safe. You can find your list of Twitter-linked accounts here.

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In a statement, the company said, "We are very sorry this happened". Now, it will you prompt to the password reset page to set a new strong password.

The problem that Twitter discovered regarding passwords is known since the dawn of logins with passwords, according to security experts.

Another step to ensure the security of your account is to enable login verification.

Yampolskiy thinks people will view a plea from the platform to change their passwords as "a big inconvenience". "I should not have said we didn't have to share".

Following a resounding "Yes" from more than 6,000 participants - and his estimation that "over a million Twitter users" will feel the same - Kim later appealed for a "reputable USA law firm" to step forward to head the class-action lawsuit. "LinkedIn had one of the worst password breaches of all time and Facebook's recent privacy woes are not helping the narrative that social media giants value user account security".

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