Posted on 9th May 2012 @ 3:01 PM
Twitter has quickly become one of the largest social networking sites in the world, with over 140 million users. However, with such large servers and networks, Twitter has come under much scrutiny because of their sensitivity to hacking. And now, these Twitter hackers seem to have struck again.
At this time, the officials of Twitter are performing an extensive investigation o see how a hacker managed to steal the access information for over 50,000 users. It has been confirmed that the username and passwords of these 50,000 people have been completely stolen by the hacker or hackers.
Naturally, Twitter tried to downplay the security breach by saying that 20,000 of those stolen accounts were redundant or belonged to spammers. However, the truth of the entire situation has come to light and there were still over 50,000 users who were hacked.
"We are currently looking into the situation," a Twitter spokeswoman said in an email to the Daily News. "In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected."
The hacker proceeded to post five long lists of user information onto Pastebin, a file sharing site, on Tuesday. The user remained completely anonymous upon his posting. Air Demon, a news group dedicated to reporting the latest in hacker related stories, was the first to puplish any news of the story, which spread very quickly.
"This hack is just an alert to other millions of Twitter users that they could be hacked anytime," Air Demon warned.
Twitter has about 140 million active users.
As mentioned before, Twitter is no stranger to hacking attacks. The popular social network and micro blogging platform has been hacked many times before, with many public figures being amongst the victims. Celebrities, major news organizations and members of Congress have had their accounts taken over and tweeting out rogue messages.
In recent months a phishing scam spread through Twitter via direct messages, according to multiple reports. The DMs suggested someone was "saying really mean things about you" and promoted a spammy link. Clicking on the link sends the same message out to all the followers of the duped user.
For safe tweeting, users should choose a strong password that’s not easy to guess, and regularly monitor their Twitter feed for unfamiliar tweets.
The company is directing anyone concerned that their account has been compromised to reset their password and immediately revoke access for third-party applications.
Users can view all the apps and sites that have permission to access their Twitter by going to Profile, Edit Your Profile, Applications. More information is available at Twitter’s Help Center.
It is very important when you go online that you take the proper countermeasures to protect yourself. Make sure that you stay away from potentially dangerous sites and keep your computer up to date with the latest protection software. There are many sites and scams on the internet today that were designed specifically for hackers to gain access to, and other programs that can hack your computer and steal your information. The potential loss could be devastating.