There have been claims this morning that hacker group Anonymous released usernames & passwords for 55,000 hacked Twitter accounts on Pastebin.
Air demon first reported the hack via it’s site which aggregates hacking news. Twitter claims that more than 20,000 of the accounts were duplicate usernames and the majority of the accounts appear to be suspended spam accounts.
Carolyn Penner, a Twitter spokeswoman, said in an e-mail: “We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected. For those who are concerned that their account may have been compromised, we suggest resetting your passwords and more in our Help Center.”
Twitter obviously needs to do some covering here and i believe they will say anything to make us think that our accounts are not at risk and to be honest with such a knwledgable team of hackers such as Anonymous are any of these sites really safe? i think not.
Twitter is obviously still investigating hte situation and of course they will be thinking of what to say next.
Air demon also stated on their site: All Twitter need to do is to add a password strength checker during signup while changing passwords. And guide the users to create a strong password. That could save a lot of users frustration.
Although this might not solve the problem it shows that Twitter is looking into a solution and that they are trying to keep their users information safe.