Twitter requests users to reset their passwords after internal bug

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Twitter on Thursday in its blog post has requested its users to
immediately change their account passwords since the company
had discovered an internal bug within the systems which has put
passwords of millions of Twitter users at risk.

The passwords of user’s has now been kept in plain text which
is generally not the case. This has happened due to an internal
bug in the company’s systems which are designed to encrypt user
passwords.

The passwords go through a hashing process which uses a
function known as bcrypt which replaces the actual password
with random characters which are stored in the systems of the
company. But in this case the passwords were stored in the
systems in plain text before going through the hashing process.

However the social media site also confirmed that the passwords
were mainly exposed to some of their employees and that users
need not worry about their data, which remains safe.

The company has advised all its Twitter users to immediately go
through the process of resetting the password. The password
need to be reset on all the services which have been logged in
via Twitter account.

Twitter has over 330 million users across the globe and all the
passwords are saved with random characters on the systems. As a
precautionary measure the company wants its users to change
their passwords.

The bug which occurred has reportedly been fixed and there has
been no breach of passwords. Since the passwords were mainly
exposed to the company’s employees there was not much of a
worry.

Still it is advisable for users to reset their passwords with a
new one since the new passwords are saved in the system after
going through the hashing process.

For the benefit of users, opening the Twitter app will now show
a pop up screen asking users to change their passwords by going
to Settings and privacy. You would need to “Go to the password”
section and change the password by inputting a new password.

You can also log in to twitter.com to make changes to your
password. After changing the password, users’ are advised to
also enable two factor authentication to protect their account
with dual password protection. To enable two factor
authentication, you would need to go to Account
Settings>Security>Login verification.



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