Saturday 20 January 2018

'Thousands of Twitter passwords leaked'

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Emma Barnett

Twitter is looking into the emergence of an online list which purports to reveal thousands of tweeters’ usernames and passwords.

The list was posted onto Pastebin, a site frequently used by hackers to anonymously post evidence of their hacks.

It was so long that it took up five Pastebin pages. US security blog,, calculated that anonymous hackers had leaked more than 55,000 Twitter accounts and passwords.

The blog post said: “This hack is just an alert to other millions of Twitter users that they could be hacked anytime.”

A Twitter spokesman said: “We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected. For those who are concerned that their account may have been compromised, we suggest resetting your passwords and more in our Help Centre.

“It's worth noting that, so far, we've discovered that the list of alleged accounts and passwords found on Pastebin consists of more than 20,000 duplicates, many spam accounts that have already been suspended and many login credentials that do not appear to be linked (that is, the password and username are not actually associated with each other).”

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