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Hackers Compromise 250,000 Twitter Accounts

DATA THEFT

February 4, 2013

Twitter has said nearly 250,000 user accounts may have been breached in what it called a “sophisticated attack,” The New York Times reports. In a blog post, the company said it detected out-of-the-ordinary access patterns and that user data—including user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords—may have been compromised. Twitter Director of Information Security Bob Lord said, “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.” Both the Times and The Wall Street Journal announced last week that hackers infiltrated their internal networks. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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