Rumors of Twitter Hacked Accounts
Twitter hack may or may not be true. Another security outfit is reporting that millions of stolen passwords for Twitter accounts are floating around the dark web.
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Rumors of A Twitter Hacked Accounts
In truth, it’s hard to say. And that’s rapidly emerging as the latest dilemma of digital life.
The website LeakedSource said it received a cache of data that contains 32 million records, including passwords. Twitter said that its systems haven’t been breached. LeakedSource said the passwords were most likely collected over time by malware-infected browsers that sent saved passwords to hackers.
Twitter said it’s taking the disclosure seriously. “We’ve been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what’s been shared from recent other password leaks,” the company said in a statement.
So while 32 million is a big number, it’s not itself a reason to panic. This particular data set contains a large number of credentials associated with Russian email addresses, suggesting that the malware may have been most prevalent there.
In addition, many of these passwords are old and possibly no longer current. The LeakedSource website will let you check to see if your logic credentials were included.
Even old passwords can create problems, particularly for accounts you may have set up and used only a few times. Just ask Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who found his largely dormant, seven-year-old account hijacked earlier this week.
The best way to protect yourself is to make sure you’re not re-using passwords across accounts. That way, a breach of, say, your password won’t also put your bank account at risk. It’s also a good idea to change passwords regularly, which of course is much more difficult if you’re using unique passwords for every account.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre who is passionate about tech, games, entertainment and lifestyle news. He enjoys writing about anime and many other topics.