Saturday, February 2, 2013
Twitter Had Cyber-Attack, User's Personal Information And Passwords Gained By Hackers
Unknown hackrs besieged Twitter this week and may have gained passwords and personal information of 250,000 users during cyber-attack. Twitter confirmed it was hacked in a blog post, saying that passwords were encrypted and that it already reset as a "precautionay measures". The social network is in the ptocess of notifying affected users. Twitter noted recent revelations of cyber-attacks against New York Post and Wall Street Journal, but did not elaborate on the origin or methodology of the attack. " This attack was not the work of amateurs and we do not believe it was an isolated incident, Twitter said on its website following the attack." The attack was extremely sophisticated and we believe that other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked. Twitter which has 200 million active monthly users said it was working with federal law enforcing officials to track down the attackers. The company specifically did not link the attack to China in the blog post, in contast to the Times and Journal which both said the hackers originated in China. The Twitter known for its 140-character messages, could not speculate on the origin of the attacks as its investisation was ongoing, said the spokesperson, Jim Prosser. " There is no evidence now that would indicate passwords were compromized, said Prosser." Whosoever was responsible and why, it is a trend that is not going away anytine soon. Last month, US Department of Homeland Security Secrtetary Janet Napolitano warned against the risk of imminent a 9/11-level cyber attack.