Millions of Twitter Login Details Leaked – Users Notified

Posted on June 13, 2016 by .

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Over 32 million Twitter login details were caught up in a recent data breach that the social network giant fears will be sold off to the highest bidders over the Dark Web to potential hackers and cybercrooks.

As an answer to a massive data breach involving login credentials to millions of Twitter accounts, one that was not the fault of Twitter, Twitter has notified users of the incident to protect them. Additionally, Twitter has taken steps to force passwords updates on those users potentially affected.

LeakSource, a company that maintains a database of almost two billion online account credential leaks, published the collection of the data leak revealing how millions of Twitter logins are available on the dark web. Twitter has claimed that the leaked data was verified through their own database of information, which is how they are able to pinpoint the affected users and verify each of them.

The recent Twitter data leak is another example of how volatile data can be and how important it is for each of us to maintain strong login credentials. In that, it means that we should all utilize strong passwords and change them often to reduce the risk of compromised data being used by active hackers who may attempt to access your account.

Being that over 32 million Twitter users were affected by the data breach, there is a large percent of that data that is not valid. Basically, much of the leaked login data is obsolete or old enough that it cannot be used to access Twitter accounts due to the user either changing their password or it initially containing invalid information.

Twitter has confirmed that the data breach did not come from their servers. Instead, it is believed that the login credentials were stolen from an amassed combination of other recent breaches on victimized computers stealing passwords from many other sites. Moreover, recent data breaches involving LinkedIn and others may have set forth the downward spiral of other data being compromised as well, such as the 32 million Twitter account login credentials.

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