Twitter recently announced and made its users aware that they were a victim of a sophisticated attack launched on the website this Friday. The company wrote in a blog post ironically titled “Keeping our users secure” that it detected unusual patterns this week that led it to identify attempts to access user data. “We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later,” wrote Bob Lord moments later in his blog post. That statement was to believed as Bob Lord happens to be Twitters Director of Information Security.
the company said it had reset passwords and revoked session tokens for the accounts suspected of being affected. The company also sent an e-mail to affected users informing them that their old password was no longer valid and that they would need to create a new one. The emails that were sent contained the following Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” it reads. “We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.”
It also warns against usage of websites that deliver more followers.Twitter has been creating an elite team of security experts at their end since 2011. We saw white hat hacker and security pro Moxie Marlinspike joined Twitter after the company acquired his mobile encryption firm Whisper Systems who bought along fellow white hat hacker and researcher Charlie Miller and just two weeks ago Marlinspike announced that he was leaving Twitter.
There is too much of a jumble in this space to get a clear picture as of now. This week had been full of organisations and media companies being hacked. While on Thursday,the New York Times revealed that hackers, who had been inside its network for at least four months, had succeeded to steal the usernames and passwords of all of its employees and gathered stories about China’s Prime Minister.
And this wouldn’t just stop there , just a day after Time’s announcement of a hack, news surfaced that Washington Post had also been hacked.