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Twitter hit by hackers

8:19 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Coming on the heels of reports that hackers in China repeatedly penetrated computer systems at the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Twitter has officially joined the ranks of companies reporting unauthorized access attempts.

According to a post on the Twitter blog, Twitter noticed what they're calling, "unusual access patterns," that led Twitter to discover unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. Twitter also stated they discovered one live attack, which they were able to shut down shortly after it was detected. Twitter's investigation revealed that the hack may have provided access to, "limited user information - usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords," for about 250,000 users.

Twitter is encouraging users to practice good password hygiene by incorporating at least ten characters and a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Twitter also included a comment on the seriousness of the attack, "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."

Twitter states they are cooperating with government and federal law enforcement in their effort to track down and prosecute the hackers responsible.

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