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Twitter announced that it is the latest site to fall victim to hackers, with around 250,000 of the social network’s users affected.
It is believed that some usernames, email addresses, session tokens, and encrypted versions of passwords were accessed by the attackers, according to a post on Twitter’s blog.
Earlier in the week, the company noticed unusual access patterns and also discovered one live attack that was almost immediately shut down.
The post also stated that to accommodate for this particular attack, Twitter was forced to reset passwords for the affected accounts and will send an email to those users instructing them to create a new password.
CNN reported that Bob Lord, Twitter's director of information security, commented, "This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”
Major security breaches also took place within the last two weeks at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which were both reportedly the result of Chinese hackers.