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Twitter has become the latest victim of hackers after the micro-blogging service has announced that a group of hackers have gained access to the data of about 250,000 users.
The company explained the situation in a post that also seems to blame the situation on Java, as it does “echo a warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and safety experts encourage users to disable Java their browsers. “
Twitter recently identified users access patterns that led the company to detect unauthorized attempts to accessthe account information of users. They discovered an attack which could have ended, but later research indicated that the attackers were able to access a variety of information, such as user names, passwords, session tokens and encrypted versions of passwords.
As a precaution, Twitter has reset passwords and tokens revoked sessions of the affected accounts. Users of the same will receive an email from the company informing of the situation and instructions to generate a new password because the former will not work.
In the post the company says that the attack has affected few users, given that the company has 200 million active users , and encourages everyone to select their passwords with city, taking into account the use of a single password at least ten characters which have upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Twitter concludes his post by saying that the attack is not amateur work and not think it was an isolated incident .“The attacks were extremely sophisticated, and we believe that other companies and organizations have similarly been attacked recently.”