Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords following a glitch. Nicolas Asfouri Getty Images
04 May, 2018, 14:16
Twitter said Thursday a bug publicly exposed users' passwords, and it urged users to change them. Users should also change that password if they used it for any other services.
The glitch was related to Twitter's use of "hashing" and caused passwords to be written on an internal computer log before the scrambling process was completed, the blog said. If the system is operating correctly, account credentials are accessed without actually revealing the password.
"This is an industry standard", Argawal said.
GitHub made a very similar announcement on May 1, alerting its users that it had discovered a bug that exposed users' passwords to the company's internal logging system.
'We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again'. They claim that no password has been compromised but they recommend that users change their passwords to stay safe.The company did not specify how many passwords were affected by the bug.
"We're sharing this information to assist people make an educated decision in their account protection".
Twitter last week reported its second consecutive quarterly profit, boosting the outlook for the platform after years in the red. I've believed we have to.
The problem has been resolved and an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders.
Twitter's strongly urging users to change their password. He followed up about 45 minutes later, saying, "I should not have said we didn't have to share".
Twitter does not make public how many registered users they have, preferring to report on "monthly active users".
Tap Account - Security - Login verification - Start. When you log in, whatever you enter in the password field is quickly run through the same hashing algorithm and then compared to your hashed password on file.
Of course, you're savvy people on the internet so you're always able to avoid this sort of nonsense by using a secure password manager like Lastpass or Dashlane. Here you can set things up so you receive second factor codes via SMS or, preferably, using a code-generating app like Google Authenticator or Authy.
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