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Hackers Own 250.000 Twitter Accounts

Recently, two big media companies in the US got hacked. They are The New York Times and Washington Street Journal. Their online sites are reported to get hacked by hackers who are identified from China.

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The hackers’ attack attempts have forced other two big technology companies, Apple and Mozilla, to turn off Java by default in their browsers. After breaching the NYT and WSJ’s security system, the cyber bad guys aimed their attack at a popular microblogging site, Twitter.

On Saturday (2/2/2003) through its official blog, Twitter said it detected unusual activity on its site. They identified unauthorized access attempts to Twitter users data – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of password. Twitter investigated that its 250.000 Twitter users’ accounts data have been stolen.

Twitter has immediately taken some precautions to protect its users from the attack. All passwords and session tokens that are suspected to have been stolen by hackers from China have been reset. Twitter has also sent email to the users how to follow good password hygiene steps. In the email, the users are also suggested to turn off Java in their browsers.

“we encourage all users to take this opportunity to ensure that they are following good password hygiene, on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet. Make sure you use a strong password – at least 10 (but more is better) characters and a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols – that you are not using for any other accounts or sites”, Twitter said.

The Internet hacking is not believed to be done by amateurs. The hackers are believed to be extremely professionals. Changing Twitter password can be a good precaution. So following the Twitter’s publishing about the hacking and suggestion above may help us from any hacks. By knowing what to do to protect our data on online sites, our data may still be saved. So, be careful.

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