Twitter Finds Bug Storing Decrypted User Passwords, Asks to Change Them
AP Photo / Matt Rourke, FileTech14:19 04.05.2018(updated 14:22 04.05.2018) Get short URL
The social network notified all of its 330 million users about a security breach, asking them to take precautions and change their passwords. The news comes amid an ongoing Facebook user data leak scandal, where the breach wasn’t even revealed by the company itself.
Twitter users received a security alert letter from the social network on May 4, saying that the company detected a software bug that led to user passwords being recorded in the journal in unencrypted form. Twitter has reassured its users that according to their information, no one obtained access to that journal, but has still asked users to change their passwords.
The social network hasn’t specified for how long that bug has been in existence, but a Reuters source familiar with the company claimed it was there for several months.
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Twitterians reacted differently on the news, with most of them urging their friends to follow the advice and change passwords and thanking the company for coming forward with the problem, not waiting for whistleblowers to do the job.
However, some people were skeptical about the news and slammed the company for making such a sloppy mistake.
A few even went further, suggesting that company already had access to their accounts anyway (and probably would give it out to government agencies, according to some twitterians) and thus claimed there is no point in changing passwords anyway.
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The information about the security bug comes amid the ongoing scandal around Facebook, whose users’ data ended up in hands of Cambridge Analytica. The latter might have used the data to sway voters’ mood in various elections. Currently, the UK is investigating the alleged use of this data to affect the Brexit referendum vote.