Twitter Advises 366m Users To Change Passwords
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 04, 2018,
May 04, 2018, 19:00
This same report claims that the bug was first uncovered a few weeks ago and has been reported to "some regulators". In theory, it should be hard or impossible to take a hash and discover the plaintext password.
"We are very sorry this happened", Twitter said. But the detected bug stored the passwords in their original plain-text form to an "internal log". Twitter says that it found the error itself, removed the password, and is working on a plan to prevent the bug from returning.
Users would be at risk if a hacker penetrated Twitter's internal systems and obtained the log.
Hashing is said to be used as a standard process across the industry. Once you've changed it on Twitter, the similar message pops up having a prompt to lead you to your password settings again.
CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet the company believed it was important to "be open about this internal defect".
The blog post did not reveal the number of passwords that were affected due to the bug.
After the data of people were misused with Facebook, This is the second time users are anxious about their private data being misused.
"Unfortunately, too many people still don't understand just how unreliable static passwords are as an effective security mechanism". Today's hackers are smart, if one of your passwords is hacked, there is a high chance the hacker will try and hack all of your accounts.
In 2010, the agency settled with Twitter regarding the accusations that the site had "serious lapses" in their data security.
There are an estimated 8 million Twitter users in South Africa. Advances in biometric technology such as fingerprint scanning and face and voice recognition are helping to improve security.
While Twitter's investigation did not find indicators of abuse, it recommended that all Twitter users change account passwords and implement additional security protections if not activated already on the account.
Alternatively you can use a third-party authentication app.
Two-factor authentication is a setting offered on most major services, including social media, email, and financial accounts.
Our suggestion is to take action if you don't want your Twitter account to be compromised.
Use a password manager to make sure you are using strong, unique passwords everywhere.