Was Twitter Hacked?

Published On June 16, 2016 | By Tom Huskerson | Alerts

Twitter_logo_blueA hacker going by the name of Tessa88 has supposedly offered for sale the log in credentials of 379 million Twitter accounts. The hacker is linked to the same hacker that stole log in credentials for hundreds of millions LinkedIn and MySpace accounts. Tessa88 is offering the credentials for sale for the handsome sum of 10 Bitcoins or $5,810. The information for sale includes usernames, passwords and email addresses.

But according to ZD Net how Tessa88 got the data is not clear and even the amount of data is in dispute. Data breach search engine LeakedSource estimatethe actual number of accounts to be less than 33 million or 10 percent of Twitter’s monthly active users.

Twitter has denied that a data breach occurred and it appears that LeakedSource is backing them up. Evidence indicates that the stolen credentials may be the result of malware infections.

Twitter trust and information security officer Michael Coates wrote in a blog post “The purported Twitter @names and passwords may have been amassed from combining information from other recent breaches, malware on victim machines that are stealing passwords for all sites, or a combination of both,”

It appears that many people are still are not using simple common sense security measures. According to LeakedSource the most commonly found passwords among the millions stolen is 123456, qwerty, password and 12345678.

In another statement a Twitter spokesperson said “We are confident that these usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach. Our systems have not been breached. We’ve been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what’s been shared from recent other password leaks.”

Twitter quickly acted to secure its users’ account forcing all users whose information was compromised to reset their passwords. Twitter also recommends its users implement two-factor authentication, a strong and unique password, and a password manager to keep their account secure.



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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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