Attention tweeters, Twitter just announced a possible security breach and live attack this evening. Hackers may have accessed 250,000 users’ private information. And, if you’re one of the lucky ones whose password may have been accessed, you probably received an email telling you to change your password. I got that email.
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.
In their blog post outlining the attack, Twitter goes on to say that they believe these hackers were sophisticated in their attack, and suspect other companies and organizations were similarly attacked.
Whether you received an email or not, it’s probably best you change your password as soon as possible. And it’s always wise to change it on a fairly frequent basis.