By Kyle James   |  05-04-2018   News
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The social media platform Twitter issued an urgent request to all 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed users' passwords on its internal computer system. The glitch caused some users' passwords to be stored in readable text rather than disguised by a process known as "hashing".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. <a href="https://t.co/RyEDvQOTaZ">https://t.co/RyEDvQOTaZ</a></p>&mdash; Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) <a href="https://twitter.com/TwitterSupport/status/992132808192634881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We recently discovered a bug where account passwords were being written to an internal log before completing a masking/hashing process. We’ve fixed, see no indication of breach or misuse, and believe it’s important for us to be open about this internal defect. <a href="https://t.co/BJezo7Gk00">https://t.co/BJezo7Gk00</a></p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/992143463356362753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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If you logged onto Twitter Thursday you should have gotten a prompt to change your password. It is actually a quick and painless process and I was surprised with how quickly I was able to change my password. Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a Tweet, "We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password."

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Twitter disclosed the "glitch" in a series of Tweets on Thursday but only after they say they resolved the problem and an internal investigation had found no passwords were stolen or misused by anyone who could have had access. It would have been nice to have been informed of the breach as soon as Twitter became aware that it's users passwords were exposed instead of long after the fact. The company's Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal actually acted like the company telling it's users about the breach at all was a privilege.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Look at the arrogance of Twitter&#39;s Chief Technology Officer. &quot;We didn&#39;t have to&quot; tell users their passwords were stored unencripted and in plain text for employees to access. Time for CEO <a href="https://twitter.com/jack?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Jack</a> Dorsey to answer to Congress! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TwitterPasswords?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TwitterPasswords</a> <a href="https://t.co/Zx9H9kuPBv">pic.twitter.com/Zx9H9kuPBv</a></p>&mdash; Mark Dice (@MarkDice) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkDice/status/992139313583292416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I should not have said we didn’t have to share. I have felt strongly that we should. My mistake. <a href="https://t.co/Cqbs1KiUWd">https://t.co/Cqbs1KiUWd</a></p>&mdash; Parag Agrawal (@paraga) <a href="https://twitter.com/paraga/status/992146630232043520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Agrawal later clarified his tweet and said he should not have said "we didn't have to share" and was adamant that he "felt strongly that we should". The company didn't say exactly how many passwords were exposed but a person familiar with Twitter said the number was "substantial" and that the passwords were exposed for "several months".

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The disclosure of the password breach comes during a time where suspicions are mounting toward social media giants like Facebook and Twitter as governments around the world consider whether these companies have become too powerful and need more regulation.

Twitter settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in 2010 over accusations the site had "serious lapses" in data security that let hackers access users' private data on more than one occasions. The settlement also required an audit of Twitter's data security program every other year for 10 years.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-passwords/twitter-urges-all-users-to-change-passwords-after-glitch-idUSKBN1I42JG

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Vivek bachkaiya No. 25002 1525404074

A swift kick in the butt from his seniors has made him retract from his rather snotty comment which obviously was unauthorised, not cleared by Mr Jack Dorsey. Sometimes, certain employees should be put on a short leash, especially the ones who start acting like they own it.

Better yet, fire them.

Vivek bachkaiya No. 25003 1525404555

A swift kick in the butt from his seniors has made him retract from his rather illiterate and snotty comment which obviously was unauthorised, not cleared by Mr Jack Dorsey. Sometimes, certain employees should be put on a short leash, especially the ones who start acting like they own it.

Better yet, fire them.

Anonymous No. 25004 1525406147

@vivek can't fire a protected class, that's racist

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