Twitter has come out to notify the public that the hacking attack on some of the accounts with them recently.
The attack is a dent on their image and a breach in their security. This kind of attack is rare, and if not conducted with an insider, may be a very cumbersome task.
However, last Wednesday, 15/07/2020 witnessed the kind of hacking that won't be easily erased from history.
Twitter, following their investigations, made it known to the public that the attacks were not as a result of attacks on passwords; rather, there are more technicality to them. So, this won't actually necessitate the changing of passwords, as it may not necessarily be the solution to the problem.
So far, they have come up with the following information on their verified Twitter handle:
"Here’s an update addressing questions we’ve heard around passwords and account access specifically:
We have no evidence that attackers accessed passwords. Currently, we don’t believe resetting your password is necessary. Out of an abundance of caution, and as part of our incident response yesterday to protect people’s security, we took the step to lock any accounts that had attempted to change the account’s password during the past 30 days.
As part of the additional security measures we’ve taken, you may not have been able to reset your password. Other than the accounts that are still locked, people should be able to reset their password now.
If your account was locked, this does not necessarily mean we have evidence that the account was compromised or accessed. So far, we believe only a small subset of these locked accounts were compromised, but are still investigating and will inform those who were affected.
We're working to help people regain access to their accounts ASAP if they were proactively locked. This may take additional time since we’re taking extra steps to confirm that we’re granting access to the rightful owner. We’ve been working around the clock and will continue to provide updates here.
We want to share some more specific updates coming out of the second day of our investigations.
Based on what we know right now, we believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the attackers in some way as part of the incident. For a small subset of these accounts, the attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts. We’re working with impacted account owners and will continue to do so over the next several days. We are continuing to assess whether non-public data related to these accounts was compromised, and will provide updates if we determine that occurred.
For all accounts, downloading Your Twitter Data is still disabled while we continue this investigation. We have also been taking aggressive steps to secure our systems while our investigations are ongoing. We’re still in the process of assessing longer-term steps that we may take and will share more details as soon as we can.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we investigate this incident. We’ll continue to provide updates when we have them."
As twitter promised to continue providing updates, we will not hesitate to keep updating you also.
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