Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bug

Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bug exposed them in plain text

Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bugThe social media network exposed the issue in an official blog post and a series of tweets from Twitter Support.

Twitter has suggested that each of its 330 million users instantly change their passwords after a bug was found

It was announced that a bug had been recognized that generated the password hashing process to fail, leaving the unmasked passwords of its users stored in an internal log.

According to Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal, Twitter hashes passwords using a popular gathering known as bcrypt, which displaces an actual password with a random set of numbers and characters and then hack it in its systems.

“We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.” reads the security advisory published by the company.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password.”

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Again, although we have no reason to believe password information ever left Twitter’s systems or was misused by anyone, there are a few steps you can take to help us keep your account safe:

  1. Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.
  2. Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
  3. Enable login verification, also known as two-factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
  4. Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.
“We are very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day.”

Still, the company urged all of its 363 Million users to consider changing their passwords to be on a safer side.

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