Twitter announced they were hacked this week, up to 250,000 accounts mayhave been compromised

It’s been a rough week for security breaches. Twitter has just announced it was a victim of attacks this week as well. Twitter took to their company blog where they said during the week they had detected “unusual access patterns”. It led them to see that unauthorized attempts to access users’ data was made. Twitter actually discovered one attack as it was happening, where they were able to quickly shut it down shortly after.


The social networking site said in the blog that the attackers may have had access to information for close to 250,000 different users. Twitter added ‘usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords’ would have been available.

Twitter have since reset the passwords and revoked session token for all affected accounts, with affected users to expect an email notifying them of the reset. Because of the hack, Twitter have taken the time to “echo” the recent advisory by the Department of Homeland Security, who have told users to disable Java on their systems for the best security.

This comes as just the latest in a series of high-profile security breaches that have been revealed this week. Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times revealed this week that they had been hacked, identifying hackers from China as the likely culprits.