A hacker claims to have obtained access of over 379 million accounts on social media website Twitter.
The leak was reported by a security firm called LeakedSource on their official Twitter page. Since Twitter's official active user base figure of 310 million it is thought that disabled and inactive accounts have also been included.
148,551 visible passwords were over 30 characters in length. If you're affected by this malware, the strength of ur password is irrelevant.— Leaked Source (@LeakedSource) June 9, 2016
We've worked all night to restore it, our removal system is back online. Be nice to it. https://t.co/7ANelNOPx7— Leaked Source (@LeakedSource) June 9, 2016
Twitter security officer has contacted us and will forcibly protect you all from this leak.— Leaked Source (@LeakedSource) June 9, 2016
Twitter's users have been hacked. Read more https://t.co/IwKwVr7XTG— Leaked Source (@LeakedSource) June 9, 2016
The company further claims that the leaked cache in fact contains over 32 million user credentials after the removal of duplicates. Malware is believed to be used for stealing credential details from browsers. Usernames, email addresses, and plain-text passwords are thought to be part of the leaked list.
The hacker, who goes by name Tessa88 reportedly plans to sell them for 10 Bitcoins.
Twitter has refused reports of the information being obtained due to a data breach. An official spokesperson told reporters that the firm is, "confident that usernames and credentials were not obtained by a data breach, [and that] systems have not been breached."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Pic/AFP
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Chelsea Handler. Pic courtesy/ Chelsea Handler's Twitter account
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