Friday 21 October 2016

Twitter woes: Are 33m user names and passwords being sold on dark web?

Published 09/06/2016 | 10:12

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Just days after a number of prominent Twitter accounts were hacked, it seems its woes are not over yet.

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It now seem hackers could have targeted 33 million Twitter logins and passwords that some believe are now being sold on the dark web.

Twitter has insisted its data was not breached.

“We are confident that these usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach – our systems have not been breached. In fact, we’ve been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what’s been shared from recent other password leaks,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

But according to LeakedSource, the 32,880,300 Twitter credentials are for sale on the dark web.

"The explanation for this is that tens of millions of people have become infected by malware, and the malware sent every saved username and password from browsers like Chrome and Firefox back to the hackers from all websites including Twitter," Leakedsource wrote in a blog earlier this week.

Earlier this week, the accounts of a number of prominent Twitter users were hacked including that of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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