World’s renowned micro-blogging platform, Twitter has recently announced that the website recently came into a cyber attack, like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal infected a couple of weeks ago. The effect of cyber attack on the micro-blogging site impacts on about 250,000 users, as the usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords were also accessed by the hackers.
On announcing the hack report, Twitter states in a blog post as;
“This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.”
On the safer part, Twitter sent out emails to all such users, who are affected, with a notification to create a new password. Twitter team has already reset all the passwords of such accounts so that the previous hacked passwords will not operate the accounts anymore. All the affected users must have to re-create their passwords in order to access their accounts.
Twitter also echo the advisory from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and security experts to suggest users to users to disable Java in their browsers, if their systems have Java 7 Update 10 or any earlier versions of Java 7. The Java 7 Update 10 and earlier versions of Java 7 contains a vulnerability which can simply allow a remote or an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on any vulnerable system.
Twitter also accepts that the attackers was not amateurs and the micro-blogging site team is working with government and federal law enforcement to find and prosecute sophisticated attackers, to make the Internet safer for all users. On the other side, Twitter also suggests all the users to use a strong password with at least 10 characters, mixed with upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
We also suggest all the Twitter users to change their password on the safer note with a strong combination of letters, numbers and symbols, as suggested by the micro-blogging site.