Twitter just announced that it discovered that hackers may have gained access to “limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords” – 250,000 passwords.
This means that even if your password was encrypted you may have been compromised.
They’re sending out account resets now to those potentially affected users. Wait for the email, or just change your password now as a precaution.
Twitter cautions that this was “not the work of amateurs” and also “not an isolated incident” and shares these tips for good online password hygiene:
Make sure you use a strong password – at least 10 (but more is better) characters and a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols – that you are not using for any other accounts or sites. Using the same password for multiple online accounts significantly increases your odds of being compromised. If you are not using good password hygiene, take a moment now to change your Twitter passwords. For more information about making your Twitter and other Internet accounts more secure, read our Help Center documentation or the FTC’s guide on passwords.
We’ll update with more as it develops.
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