Twitter is one of the most popular social media services. It is so popular that in 2016’s first quarter, Twitter reported more than 310 million monthly active users. As of now, it has been reported that more than 32 million of Twitter users got hacked.
As a social media service, Twitter users often install the app on at least one of their devices and even pair or connect the app to several other services or app for greater ease of access or ease of communication. Since its launch date of July 15, 2006 Twitter has tried time and time again to guarantee the safety and trust of its users.
LeakedSource, unaffiliated in any direct way with Twitter, is a website in the business of helping out average users know if they ever got hacked. LeakedSource finds and collects all of the hacked or stolen account credentials that they can find and then adds them to a data base which can be browsed and searched by registered users.
In a recent blog post LeakedSource, stated that they have have added 32,888,300 new Twitter accounts to their database. In order to clear the air and stop the angry mob from pinning the guilt on the wrong party, LeakedSource did say that although Twitter Users got hacked, the integrity of Twitter’s security wasn’t compromised.
Each or the leaked accounts has been reported to contain any one and/or all of the following: a Username, a visible password, a primary e-mail address, a secondary e-mail address.
LeakedSource belives that the guilty party is an overwhelming malware attack which somehow managed to avoid detection and quickly spread among the ranks of users. As such, both Twitter and LeakedSource are currently urging users to change their passwords.
Due to the intelligence of most hackers and their virtual constructs, it is recommended that users have individual passwords for each of their accounts. A strong and effective password should have at least one capitalized character, at least one number, and at least one special character. To be avoided are words such as first names, last names, spouse, child, or pet names, known nicknames, birthdays, the service the password is for.
A Twitter spokesperson said that even though Twitter Users got hacked, the micro-blogging social media service is confident that whatever information was obtained, it was not from a Twitter data-breach.
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