Hackers Targeted Twitter User Data for more than 200 million Users

2/04/2013 By
Twitter is world famous social media website like Facebook and a short-messaging service. generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. Since its launch, Twitter has become one of the ten most visited websites on the Internet, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet."

Hackers Targeted Twitter

On Friday (Febrauary 1, 2013) it had detected "sophisticated" unauthorized attempts to access information from the short-messaging service used by 250,000 people.

In a blog post, the San Francisco company said it identified this week computerized attacks that may have accessed limited information such as Twitter user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords for 250,000 Twitter users. As a precaution, the company said it reset passwords for the 250,000 potentially affected Twitter accounts.

Twitter said it would send affected users an email with a notification to create a new password. "This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident," Twitter said in its blog post. "The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked."

On occasion, Twitter has disclosed "denial-of-service" attacks, where computer users funnel traffic to websites to cause them to crash.

Twitter in its early days also suffered a few high-profile account breaches, including an incident that resulted in fake Twitter messages being blasted out from Barack Obama's Twitter account.

Barack Obama's Twitter account hacked

If you've started a Twitter account, please change your password immediately. How to know whether your account was hacked or safe? Just login to your Twitter account it shows pop-up, if your account has been hacked.

Important: Don't share your important informations and photos in any social media sites, because this incident today in Twitter and other social networks can happen to you tomorrow. So be careful that in our opinion!

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