Twitter locks down over 30 million accounts

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Twitter went on an account locking spree over the last couple of hours to protect more than 30 million users from hackers.

In light of reports that millions of Twitter usernames and password were leaked onto the internet, the microblogging site locked down the accounts to protect its users – requiring a password reset.

In the same breath, Twitter announced that it was confident the information was not obtained from a “hack of Twitter’s servers.”

If you haven’t received a mail from Twitter prompting you to change your password, you are probably in the clear.

According to The Verge, “the company has not denied that at least some of the user data on the dark web was accurate, but has distanced itself from the likes of LinkedIn and Myspace, both of whom had user passwords stolen when hackers breached internal databases.”

In a statement, Twitter added that it was simply preventative measures.

“When so many breaches are announced in a short window of time, it may be natural to assume that any mention of ‘another breach’ is true and valid,” Twitter said in a statement. “Nefarious individuals leverage this environment in order to either bundle old breached data or repackage accounts from a variety of breaches, and then claim they have login information and passwords for website Z.”

It is always a good idea in any case to change your password once every so often, and then never use the same password for more than one account. It’s a brutal world, so stay safe.

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.