Twitter Reveals Hackers Accessed User Passwords

Microblogging site Twitter has revealed that anonymous hackers have broken into its system and accessed user accounts.

In a statement released on their blog on Friday, they said:

This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.

As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts. If your account was one of them, you will have recently received (or will shortly) an email from us at the address associated with your Twitter account notifying you that you will need to create a new password. Your old password will not work when you try to log in to Twitter.

Twitter also added that the accounts affected were only potentially threatened, essentially meaning they got onto it without much damage being done. They provided no further detail

There has been a marked increase in targeted as well random cyber-attacks in recent months.