This Internet is NOT a game, especially with professional hackers out there on the scene. Yesterday, Twitter announced that they detected strange activity with at least 250,000 accounts. Apparently there were some unauthorized attempts that had eyebrows raising in the Twitter-verse and caused a lot of commotion online. According to The Guardian, this attack is the latest of many recent breaches on major tech and media companies within the last few months.
“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. For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.”
Twitter also advised users to disable Java in their browsers, as this was suggested by those at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the 10th of January 2013. Users were also advised to practice a little bit of password security by setting more complicated passwords that are lengthy and have a combination of upper and lower case letters along with numbers. And never, NEVER store important info online, because NOTHING is safe these days.
- Twitter Hacked, 250,000 Passwords Reset (sfist.com)
- Twitter hacked in ‘sophisticated’ attack, 250,000 user accounts compromised (business.financialpost.com)
- Twitter Admits To Hack, Data For 250,000 Users Accessed (consumerist.com)
- Twitter: 250,000 users’ data compromised in hacking attacks (cbsnews.com)
- Just Go Change Your Twitter Password Now (techcrunch.com)
- Twitter Hacked in “Sophisticated Attack” (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Twitter also hacked this week, up to 250,000 accounts were compromised (theverge.com)
- Twitter hacked; 250,000 accounts affected (cnn.com)
- Twitter: 250,000 Users Were Hacked (businessinsider.com)