Twitter announced that a bug in their system may have exposed user passwords internally and urged all subscribers to change their account passwords. They have yet to disclose the number of affected users, but the company said they've investigated and fixed the flaw. However, insider reports claim that the issue affects a substantial number of users and that the passwords were left exposed for “several months”.
In the statement, they explained that they used hashing with bcrypt, often described as a stronger hashing algorithm that validates user accounts without revealing the password. The company did not disclose, however, why passwords have to be stored in an internal log prior to hashing. Their investigation results also showed that there were no signs of a breach or misuse of the affected accounts. However, the statement still advises users to consider changing the account password, along with those of all services where the same password was used.
Users were also informed of the issue via a pop-up upon opening the app. Twitter reportedly has 330 million users as of February, and cited that they “are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.”
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