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Twitter reassures users that personal details are safe after security breach

Login details posted on Pastebin refer to already blocked spam accounts, Twitter says
Wed May 09 2012, 15:59

MICRO BLOGGING SERVICE Twitter has assured its users that their personal details are secure after a post by document sharing site Pastebin reportedly contained 55,000 accounts' login details.

The social network said that its army of tweeters should not worry because its investigations indicate the details posted are either inaccurate or refer to already blocked spam accounts.

"We've discovered that the list of alleged accounts and passwords found on Pastebin consists of more than 20,000 duplicates, many spam accounts that have already been suspended and many login credentials that do not appear to be linked - that is, the password and username are not actually associated with each other," a spokesperson told The INQUIRER.

Twitter added that it has also taken measures to defend itself in case any of the unexamined data is actually correct.

"We have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected. For those who are concerned that their account may have been compromised, we suggest resetting your passwords," it said.

So far, it is yet to be established who can be held responsible for the attack, although many media outlets have since credited it to the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

The breach comes after Twitter was looking into the software bug that is causing its users to lose followers, back in March. The 'unfollow bug', which is still a problem for some users, sees tweeters randomly plucked from people's followers lists. Some Twitter users were complaining that they have lost enough friends to fill a concert hall. µ


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