Twitter Hacked, 250K Accounts Compromised–Good News, Bad News.

By on February 2, 2013 8:45:31 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Was reading Neowin this morning (instead of clearing snow… it’s really coming down) and saw this. I’m not sure how many of you have a Twitter account, so I thought I’d let folks know about it.

The bad news: Twitter was hacked and 250,000 accounts were compromised. This was no amateurish attempt, either.

What’s the good news here? Not much except they weren’t asleep at the switch. They caught it and stopped it while it was happening. I haven’t read that about many, in fact any of the numerous attacks which have happened. That might not be true for long, since this year promises to be a record.

The other part of the good news is that Twitter’s passwords are both encrypted and salted.

Just the same folks, if you use Twitter… and there are many good reasons to do that, Twitter is advising you all to change your password and to make it strong (a combination of capital and small letters as well as numbers and symbols).

Source:

http://www.neowin.net/news/twitter-hacked-up-to-250000-accounts-compromised

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February 2, 2013 8:53:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sheesh! Just close all these stupid so called "social" sites, they serve no real useful purpose anyway.

 

Got some of that snow last night here too Doc!

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February 2, 2013 9:05:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

wait what login to change your password sorry i have a twitter account made it for GUIC but if a page or platform is that compromised its highly likely you get taken from behind if you insert your login and try to change your password to a safer one lol. I sit this one out and change it when twitter is running again or i kill that account since im not realy using it anyway.As always ty for the heads up Doc

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February 2, 2013 9:05:30 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Gee....everybody's got snow but me. Wassup with that!

I have no Twitter account. They'll do a lot of Twittling before I get one of those.

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February 2, 2013 9:24:51 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Roloccolor,
wait what login to change your password

Hi Rolo. You can wait for an email from Twitter, or use the info here (after the "As always..."):

 

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February 2, 2013 9:36:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Hi Rolo. You can wait for an email from Twitter, or use the info here (after the "As always..."):

...or you can take this opportunity to dump the service and have a REAL LIFE [tm] ...

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February 2, 2013 12:15:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,

Quoting DrJBHL, reply 4Hi Rolo. You can wait for an email from Twitter, or use the info here (after the "As always..."):

...or you can take this opportunity to dump the service and have a REAL LIFE [tm] ...


well i just made it for GUIC  and never used it got email from twitter if i would know some certain folks i never heard of, all the mail always went into my junk folder...
I will dump it besides its no use for me since i dont have a smartphone i have an old sony k500 mobile ,the phone is happy if it can send sms if it would have money on it since i use a xtra card ohh im so oldschool... I recently recieved a cool sms from a telekom service that if im not going to charge my card for additional 15 euros they will lock the card. But i think getting a new card isnt bad if i only have to pay 10 euros for the card and it comes with 15euros on it  

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February 2, 2013 12:40:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Roloccolor,
But i think getting a new card isnt bad if i only have to pay 10 euros for the card and it comes with 15euros on it  

You'd better read the small print better, Rolo... there really is no such thing as a free lunch.

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February 2, 2013 12:59:46 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Another reason to not want one, by me.

Roloccolor    ya got mail!

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February 2, 2013 1:01:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This must be the reason I never got an account. 

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February 2, 2013 2:55:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Another reason to not want one, by me.

Roloccolor    ya got mail!


uhm yes but the dropbox is empty i checked but nothing new in there buddy ... sorry doc

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February 2, 2013 3:50:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Please feel free to use pm. Thanks. 

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February 3, 2013 12:32:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks, Doc

The only reason I use Twitter is to be informed about what's happening with software updates and things  like this

Very handy ...

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February 3, 2013 5:25:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

To all you twits still twittering @reallife go outside dudes, that's the real world...

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February 3, 2013 5:51:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Fuzzy Logic,
To all you twits still twittering @reallife go outside dudes, that's the real world...

Dang it, Fuzzy...that looks like a link that won't click......

....can't get to @reallife .....

...am stuck in cyber-fake forever....

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February 3, 2013 5:55:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Real life isn't clickable, you have to go do it

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February 3, 2013 1:32:11 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

So glad I don't have any accounts on any social media sites. 

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February 3, 2013 1:40:53 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Lots of "anti-social" people here.

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February 3, 2013 1:56:53 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Fuzzy Logic,
To all you twits still twittering @reallife go outside dudes, that's the real world...

 

 

Something my son said to me a few years back.......(still makes me laugh even though I'm sure he wasn't the first/only one to say this).

 

"so....I went outside today.........the graphics were AWESOME! "

 

 

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February 3, 2013 3:30:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Interesting observation about password strength:

http://xkcd.com/936/

 

The only reasonable authentication schemes are "challenge-response" ones. If it's just password you type somewhere, it's susceptible to 1) replay attack 2) man in the middle attack, 3) simple keyloggers that are omnipresent now.

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February 6, 2013 8:57:50 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Good news - I do not have a twitter account.  Bad news - I do not want one.

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