The giant social media Twitter faced serious breaching where it believes that attackers have stolen 250,000 accounts. Therefore, the users are asked to be alert & make modifications in their passwords. Security teams noted various access attempts performed by hackers to get hold on Twitter’s user data this week, the Bob Lord, director in charge of information security cited on the Twitter blog on Friday. Further the social giant also unzipped “one live attack” and closed it down during the progress phases later, director Lord marked.
By digging deeper into this breaching action, it came out that the unauthorized group were successful in getting user data like email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted passwords, which were owned by 250,000 users, accepted Twitter. Lord did not offer further information on this security breach, nor did he reveal if any of the open accounts had been misused. “As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts,” Lord wrote. Twitter made efforts by sending emails affected users and asked them to modify the passwords and also these users were advised to further opt for strong password which resides minimum of 10 characters and the one which is fresh & exclusive (not used on any other site).
Yet, the people behind this security breach are not speculated as there are no clear hints or information achieved for the incident.
“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked,” Lord revealed.
Federal law enforcement and government officials are investigating the incident, Twitter said.