Massive Heist of Twitter usernames and passwords

June 9th, 2016   •   Comments Off on Massive Heist of Twitter usernames and passwords   

The credentials for nearly 33 million Twitter customers were stolen, and reported on Wednesday. Incredibly, “123456” was by far the most commonly used password, according to security company LeakedSource. More than 120,000 people had used “123456”as their Twitter password.

That was followed by “123456789,” “qwerty,” “password,” and many other passwords that are easily guessed and easily hacked. According to LeakedSource, a hacker stole 32,888,300 Twitter credentials. LeakedSource found the database on an online black market, for sale for 10 bitcoins (about $6,000).

Twitter says it is “confident” its systems weren’t compromised. It’s possible that the hacker used malware installed on the Twitter users’ computers to gain access to the usernames and passwords. Twitter said it is monitoring the list, and working with LeakedSource and working to assist customers who had their credentials stolen.

Several celebrities and well-known business’ Twitter accounts have recently been hacked. This may be related to this theft of credentials.

We recommend using complex passphrases, as well as two-step logins for social media accounts, such as Twitter.

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