ALERT: Twitter Discloses Attempt to Steal User Passwords
Being a former professional paperboy (not really) haha. Yes, I actually do have a background in the newspaper industry with sales and marketing and I’ve actually delivered papers before-those were the good ole days. Maybe you can relate? Regardless, I bet you are like me and can not stand hackers who steal peoples stuff. With that said, I wanted to share this post from the Wall Street Journal Blog and alert you of what’s going on. As always be safe.
As reported by By Jessica E. Vascellaro from the WSJ Blog
Twitter said it has identified a scheme to try to steal user account names and passwords and is asking some users to update their passwords as a result.
The micro-blogging service disclosed in a notice to developers late Tuesday that an unidentified person had been creating so-called “torrent” sites and forums for “a number of years” with the sole purpose of getting users to input user names and passwords the person could use to gain access to Twitter accounts.
The person “waited for the forums and sites to get popular and then used those exploits to get access to the username, email address, and password of every person who had signed up,” the notice stated.
Torrent sites are those that allow users to search for files sent through file-sharing service BitTorrent. Twitter didn’t identify any specific sites and forums it believes to be gathering the data.
The company said they “haven’t identified all of the forums involved (nor is it likely that we’ll be able to, since we don’t have any connection with them).” “But as a general rule, if you’ve signed up for a torrent forum or torrent site built by a third party, you should probably change your password there,” it read.
The attacks are one of several breaches that have affected the mircoblogging services in the past year. How many users were asked to reset their passwords remains unclear; a Twitter spokeswoman said the number of people affected is “very small.”
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