I got an email week back from twitter management to change my twitter account’s password. Initially I thought it is may be a spam, but then I just checked the email bit seriously. They were asking me to change my password. Then I tried to login into my twitter account but password was not accepted.
Then I realize my twitter account is compromised. A group of hackers actually got their hands on twitter servers and got the access too and were able to get password for around 250,000 users. We got to know about this when a comment came from company representative on 1st Feb 2013.
And this is why I got an email from them to change my password. According to the statement of Mr. Bob who works as Director of Info Security,
“We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information—usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords—for approximately 250,000 users,”
It is believed by twitter that some other companies may have also same the issue. Though they didn’t pointed out or mentioned any information regarding any detail of hackers but some sites suggested that this group of hackers may belong from China.
The possibilities of hacks are always been there. It will be better to rethink the pattern of the passwords and one should think for the combination of letters, upper case, symbols, numbers etc, requested by twitter team.