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Twitter says hackers gain access to 250K accounts

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Twitter says hackers gain access to 250K accounts

Published February 01, 2013
Associated Press

  • Sept. 14, 2010: Twitter CEO Evan Williams makes a presentation about changes to the social network at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO - In the latest online attack, Twitter said Friday that hackers may have gained access to information on a quarter of a million of its more than 200 million active users.
The social media giant said in a blog posting that earlier this week it detected attempts to gain access to its user data. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.
But it discovered that the attackers may have gained access to usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users. Twitter has reset the pilfered passwords and sent emails advising users that they'll have to create a new one.

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