Twitter posted a blog article on Friday February 01, 2013 detailing a sophisticated attack and a possible compromise of a quarter of Twitters user accounts.
Twitter wrote in their blog, “Though only a very small percentage of our users were potentially affected by this attack, we encourage all users to take this opportunity to ensure that they are following good password hygiene, on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet. Make sure you use a strong password”.
Recently several other high profile companies have also reported security breaches. Time magazine as well as the New York Times, and Wall Street Journal have all been hacked into and user accounts with passwords were stolen.
Twitter continues in the their blog and writes, “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”
If you were affected Twitter has reset your password and emailed you with instructions. Their blog stated, “As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts. If your account was one of them, you will have recently received (or will shortly) an email from us at the address associated with your Twitter account notifying you that you will need to create a new password. Your old password will not work when you try to log in to Twitter”
They also are advising users to, “follow(ing) good password hygiene, on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet. 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.”
This is good advice and one we should all follow when it comes to password security.