More reasons (if needed) to change your passwords regularly and make sure your computer and devices are free of malware.
More than 32.8 million supposed Twitter usernames and passwords have been stolen and shared with LeakedSource.
However, despite the sheer volume of credentials, it doesn’t appear Twitter itself has been hacked. A Twitter spokesperson said the site is “confident” the usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach, and that its systems have not been breached.
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Article also discusses password issues at Netflix and Facebook.
So Where Did the Passwords Come From?
From the LeakedSource Blog:
The explanation for this is that tens of millions of people have become infected by malware, and the malware sent every saved username and password from browsers like Chrome and Firefox back to the hackers from all websites including Twitter.
Passwords were stolen directly from consumers, therefore they are in plaintext with no encryption or hashing. Remember that Twitter probably doesn’t store the passwords in plaintext, Chrome and Firefox did.
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