250000 Twitter accounts has been hacked in the most recent sequence of high-profile internet security break. Twitter has 200 million active users.
According to Twitter’s information security director Bob Lord, about 250,000 users’ passwords had been stolen, as well as usernames, emails and other data. He state out that affected user’s passwords had been invalidated and have been sent emails informing them.
According to Mr Lord “attack was not the work of amateurs”. 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. For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users. He said it appeared similar to recent attacks on the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
According to a blog post Twitter had discovered unauthorised attempts to access data held by the website, including one attack that was identified and stopped moments after it was detected.
“For that reason we felt that it was important to publicise this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the internet safer for all users.”