Did you get a message saying that your Twitter account has been hacked? Well, you better believe it because it is true. According to Twitter most of these are ’spam accounts. Well, go figure..
The story that’s making the rounds
On Tuesday, users of the micro blogging site, Twitter, found out that thousands of user names and passwords of the site were leaked by a hacker. The good news is that most of these leaked accounts are supposedly spam.
News and activist hub Airdemon posted an update stating that 55,000 accounts had been compromised. It linked to Pastebin pages containing the allegedly compromised user names and passwords. The investigation is under way. The company is apparently downplaying the episode.
What is Twitter spokesman Robert Weeks saying about it?
“It’s worth noting that, so far, we’ve discovered that the list of alleged accounts and passwords found on Pastebin consists of more than 20,000 duplicates, many spam accounts that have already been suspended and many login credentials that do not appear to be linked (that is, the password and username are not actually associated with each other),” said. “We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected,” Weeks said.
Twitter has been hacked before
There was pair of data breaches in 2009 where the hackers had gained control of Twitter accounts. The FTC had managed to get a settlement with Twitter.
Couple of months ago, Twitter had to temporarily suspend the Web version of its TweetDeck software after a bug allowed some users to access other users’ accounts. The bug was fixed the day after it was publicly exposed.
Some crazy tweets by American Television Personality, Kris Jenner, made the rounds yesterday night. And they were like super-gross! It was something about the way she “sharted”. The tweets read “This is real bad”, “Holly shit stains”. Well, keeping her usual personality and show in mind, the tweet world did not think much about it. But when the ‘real’ Kris logged in, she realized someone had hacked into her accout and had posted all those trashy tweets.
The next in line of popular personality to get hacked was ‘Hulk’ aka Mark Ruffalo. A hacker took over his identity @MRuff221 and changed it to @Mark_Ruffalo, and put on some nasty posts: “The women of Hollywood sure have some great boobs. Here are the top 15!” Once Ruffalo actually logged in, he realized his account was hacked and he immediately informed his fans about the same. “Okay, I’m back up. The existential battle raged on my keyboard between me and my silly hacker has ended and it seems I lost @Mruff221,” he said, but eventually wrote, “Guess what. I am one and the same!! I am both identities. @mruff221 and @Mark_Ruffalo. So everyone wins.”
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