Has Twitter being hacked?’ That is a very germane question. In the light of the recent news that several celebrities had their accounts hacked, it is a legitimate question to ask. Even billionaire, and CEO of Facebook would be really interested in knowing the answer to that question.
And to ruffle more Twitter feathers, LeakedSource, a website that specializes in tracking hacked accounts around the world, is claiming that over 32 million account details have being dumped on the dark Web for anybody to access with a fee or even free depending on the vendor.
According to the website, to prove that the details of the hacked accounts are real, they contacted 15 people to verify the passwords with the ones on their list. All 15 claimed the details were correct including the passwords. The inference from these is that, over 32 million people have their Twitter details floating around in the dark web.
However, the answer to the question about Twitter being hacked is a definite NO! Even LeakedSource claimed the details were not gotten through Twitter, but from users whose Chrome and Firefox browsers were hacked. Here is what LeakedSource had to say about the how the details were got:
Twitter credentials are being traded in the tens of millions on the dark web. LeakedSource has obtained and added a copy of this data to its ever-growing searchable repository of leaked data. This data set was provided to us by a user who goes by the alias “Tessa88@exploit.im”, and has given us permission to name them in this blog.
This data set contains 32,888,300 records. Each record may contain an email address, a username, sometimes a second email and a visible password. We have very strong evidence that Twitter was not hacked, rather the consumer was. These credentials however are real and valid. Out of 15 users we asked, all 15 verified their passwords.
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.”
And Twitter’s Michael Coates, the man in charge of online security at the company, has weighed in on the issue. His statement revealed on his Twitter handle via a twit, confirmed the fact that Twitter was not hacked. According to him, Twitter had investigated the reports and their conclusion was that those hacked account details were not gotten through Twitter. Even if they are legitimate accounts of Twitter users. A helpful link was provided to help vulnerable people secure their Twitter accounts from hacking. If you are worried about your twitter details, now is a good time to check out the link. Other issues about how the hacking of one website can have a ripple effect on other websites are also discussed in the blog post. It is a fine response from the Twitter team I must say.
At this moment that Twitter is doing all it can to improve the fortunes of the firm, news like this would not help their cause. As a good corporate entity, quickly dousing the building tension was the best way to go.
Most times, the issue of multiple access to our accounts by hackers is the result of using just one password for these accounts. Making life difficult for hackers is not hard. The tips on how to make your social accounts almost unhackable were outlined here a few days ago after the Zuckerberg affair. If you haven’t read that piece, it is not too late to do so now. The tips works for all accounts whether social media or email accounts.
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