Hackers attack Twitter and may have gained access to 250,000 passwords
Hackers attacked Twitter this week and may have gained access to passwords and other information for as many as 250,000 user accounts.
Twitter said 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.
Twitter noted recent revelations of large-scale cyber attacks against the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, but unlike the two news organisations, 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 organisations have also been recently similarly attacked.”
Twitter said it was working with government and federal law enforcement officials to track down the attackers.
Twitter 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.