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Hackers may have used malware to grab 33 million Twitter account credentials

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Hackers may have used malware to grab 33 million Twitter account credentials
    By James Rogers

    Published June 09, 2016
    FoxNews.com
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    Hackers are trading tens of millions of Twitter credentials on the darknet, according to LeakedSource, a search engine that trawls leaked records, warning that malware was used to grab the data from users.

    LeakedSource says that it has obtained a data set of almost 33 million Twitter records. Each record may contain an email address, a username, sometimes a second email and a visible password, it says.

    Twitter has 310 million monthly active users so the purportedly leaked data would account for a significant chunk of the service’s user base.

    Related: Hackers hijack Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts

    “We have very strong evidence that Twitter was not hacked, rather the consumer was,” LeakedSource explained, describing the credentials as real and valid. “The explanation for this is that tens of millions of people have become infected by malware, and the malware sent every saved username and password from browsers like Chrome and Firefox back to the hackers from all websites including Twitter.”

    The darknet refers to private networks built from connections between trusted peers using unconventional protocols. Darknets are just one part of what is known as deep web – a vast network which is not indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing.

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  2. HistoryHound

    HistoryHound Supporting Member

    It should be pretty easy to tell if my account gets hacked. That's the only way it's getting logged into.
     

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