Twitter hack affects 250,000

By Deana DeLisio,

Twitter announced that around 250,000 accounts were hacked by unauthorized sources.

Information such as e-mail addresses, session IDs, passwords and usernames may have been contracted by these sophisticated hackers, stated LongIsland.com.

To make matters a little more interesting, the Times and the Wall Street Journal have stated that hackings have ties to the Chinese government. For a number of years, it is believed that Chinese hackers have been interested in confiscating material on major U.S. media companies. This information is sought so as to monitor United States coverage on China.

The Twitter post that acknowledges the hackings does not mention or blame the attacks on China, or any specific country or group, as stated on CNN.com.

“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident,” stated Bob Lord, Twitter’s director of information security, “The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”

Twitter has reset passwords, and revoked session tokens. Users that have been affected by these complications will not be able to log in, and will receive e-mails instructing them to change their unique passwords.



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