Twitter Data User Targeted by Hackers
On Friday, Twitter reported to have discovered that over 200 million people attempted complicated illegitimate efforts for accessing the user data via short messaging service.
The company revealed in a blog post that this week limited user data such as email ids’, encoded passwords and Twitter user names of around 250000 users have been detected to be accessed by the computerized illicit attempts. The San Francisco Company says to have reset the passwords for those potentially affected 250000 Twitter accounts as a preventive measure.
Twitter also said that an email to notify for changing the existing password will be send to the concerned Twitter users. The company further alleged the hackers to be exceedingly sophisticated. On its blog post Twitter said, “This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident….and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”
The blog post also notified of the extensive computerized attacks against the Wall Street journal and the New York Times. However, unlike these two organizations both of which said that the attackers instigated in China, Twitter didn’t give any detail regarding the source or line of attack since the source of attacks could not be contemplated by the company while its on-going investigation as said by spokesperson, Jim Prosser.
“Deinal of Servies” attacks have been unveiled by Twitter on occasion wherein traffic is channeled to the websites by computer users for causing them to collapse. With a monthly 200 million active users, Twitter is supposedly working with the Federal Law Enforcement officials and government for tracking the hackers.
Even in the first few years, Twitter accounts had gone through a handful of highly sophisticated breaches, also counting the incident where fake messages were blared out of the twitter account of Barack Obama. Consequent to these incidences and many others, the company settled over its allegations with the Federal Trade Commission in 2010 that the service failed to provide adequate security to safeguard users’ personal information.
Date: February 4, 2013