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Over 32 mn Twitter passwords may have been hacked

New York, June 9: Soon after the news of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’s account hack surfaced on Thursday, another report said that hackers might have used malware to collect more than 32 million Twitter login credentials. According to the report on technology website Techcrunch.com, these credentials are now being sold on the dark web.

“LeakedSource, a site with a search engine of leaked login credentials, said in a blog post that it received a copy of the user information from ‘Tessa88@exploit.im’ — the same alias used by the person who gave it hacked data from Russian social network VK last week,” the report noted. LeakedSource said the cache of Twitter data contains 32,888,300 records, including email addresses, usermes and passwords. LeakedSource has added the information to its search engine.

LeakedSource noted that “the user credentials were collected by malware infecting browsers like Firefox or Chrome rather than stolen directly from Twitter”. At the same time, Twitter said that its systems have not been breached. “We are confident that these usermes and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach — our systems have not been breached. In fact, we have been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what’s been shared from recent other password leaks,” a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Earlier on Thursday, reports made rounds that Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO Evan Williams’ account was briefly compromised. A group by the me of OurMine — the same group that claimed credit for compromising Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts on Monday — took credit for hacking Williams’ account in a tweet on Wednesday, which was deleted minutes later. The company released a statement later saying it does not comment on individual accounts.

“A number of other online services have seen millions of passwords stolen in the past several weeks. We recommend people use a unique, strong password for Twitter,” the company was quoted as saying. This hack added another me in the list of high-profile people whose accounts have been compromised recently. Singers Drake and La Del Rey and professiol American football league NFL have all been hit in recent days. (IANS)

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