Breaking News

Twitter confirms hackers gained access to nearly 250,000 passwords

by Reuters
02 February 2013 | 3244 Views
Anonymous hackers attacked Twitter this week and may have gained access to passwords and other information for as many as 250,000 user accounts, the microblog revealed late on Friday.

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

The blog post noted recent revelations of large-scale cyber attacks against the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, but unlike the two news organizations, Twitter did not provide any detail on the origin or methodology of the attacks.

"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."

Privately held Twitter, which has 200 million active monthly users, said it was working with government and federal law enforcement officials to track down the attackers.

The company did not specifically link the attacks to China in the blog post, in contrast to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which both said the hackers originated in China.

Twitter, the social network known for its 140-character messages, could not speculate on the origin of the attacks as its investigation was ongoing, said spokesman Jim Prosser.




"There is no evidence right now that would indicate that passwords were compromised," said Prosser.

The attack is not the first time that hackers have breached Twitter's systems and gained access to Twitter user information. Twitter signed a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission in 2010, subjecting the company to 10 years of independent privacy reviews, for failing to safeguard users' personal information.

twitter

Source: Reuters

Do you agree that foreskins of circumcised men could be used for witchcraft?

Yes
53.43%
No
15.2%
Hogwash
31.37%
204

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Accident waiting to happen, BCC do something - WhatsApp updatye

by Concerned Citizen | 24 July 2014 | 143 Views

What's the farce about Tsvangirai UK trip - Quite puzzling is the exci...

by Gugugu Magorira | 24 July 2014 | 188 Views

Use Right To Demonstrate Productively and Focus on the Dictatorship - ...

by Makusha Mugabe, Information and Publicity Secretary - MDC UK Midlands North | 24 July 2014 | 169 Views

'Zim banks have no capacity to fund mines,' says BAZ - THE banking sec...

by Oliver Kazunga | 24 July 2014 | 170 Views

Murderer gets a wholly suspended sentence for poisoning his son - A 25...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 878 Views

Mnangagwa backs harsh minimum mandatory sentence for rapists - Justice...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 768 Views

Finally, Chingoka quits Zimbabwe Cricket - In what most people would w...

by Staff Reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1893 Views

Chaos at Renkini bus terminus - WhatsApp update - 11:44am, 24 Jul - ...

by Concerned citizen | 24 July 2014 | 3914 Views

MDC-T Joburg District endorses Tsvangirai and Khupe - Press release 2...

by Lft Gen Simbarashe Mujeye | 24 July 2014 | 1495 Views

Why Zimbabwe has failed - The promise by ZANU (PF) to empower and deve...

by Vince Musewe | 24 July 2014 | 1312 Views

Newly appointed Zimpapers editor dies - Newly appointed Zimpapers and ...

by Staff Reporter | 24 July 2014 | 4808 Views

Scientists 'delete' HIV from human cells - Once HIV conquers a human c...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 4138 Views

'Thieving goblin raping man and ruining his business' - Apparently a t...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 2434 Views

'Robert Mugabe out of touch,' says Chamisa

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 2143 Views

Tendai Biti wants rand to replace US dollar

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 3460 Views

Zimbabwe diamonds stolen in Dubai - A parcel of Zimbabwe diamonds wort...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1916 Views

UK demo awaits Tsvangirai

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1625 Views

Baba Jukwa saga, police summon Jonathan Moyo

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 3559 Views

Mugabe can sue if hurt

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1725 Views

Zanu-PF war looms - ZANU-PF yesterday said the posts of second vice-pr...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1890 Views

Prophets drags NewsDay to court, demands $20 million - PROPHETIC Heali...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1709 Views

Muchechetere case takes another twist - Fungai LupandeSuspended Zimbab...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1586 Views

Grace Mugabe turns 49

by Peter Matambanadzo | 24 July 2014 | 2465 Views

We bring you Auntie Noe and Bhudi Muzi - Following several requests an...

by Features Editor | 24 July 2014 | 1477 Views

'Zimbabwe ID passports,' Mudede speaks out - Registrar-GENERAL Mr Toba...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 2284 Views

Journalist murdered - FREELANCE journalist Zeckius Nemadire was on Tue...

by Staff reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1472 Views

Entertainment

Carl Joshua Ncube to tour with brand new material - The brand new stan...

by Staff Reporter | 24 July 2014 | 446 Views

Macheso gears up for UK tours - In an apparent joint preparation for t...

by Entertainment reporters | 23 July 2014 | 1249 Views

DJ Munya is back - After a two-year hiatus, DJ Munya - real name Munya...

by Entertainment Reporter | 23 July 2014 | 2095 Views

White guy plays chitekete - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp16XF-Tcf...

by Staff Reporter | 23 July 2014 | 3022 Views

Beyonce and Jay Z to separate - claims - Jay Z and Beyonce are reporte...

by Staff reporter | 22 July 2014 | 3292 Views

No talent is meant for the grave, Dr Nkomo Commemoration - The prepara...

by Nokutula Ncube | 22 July 2014 | 1010 Views

Miss Curvy dinner flops

by Yeukai Karengezeka | 21 July 2014 | 5133 Views

'He's going to be in trouble once I die' says DJ Cleo's father - 64-ye...

by Staff reporter | 20 July 2014 | 5601 Views