Twitter finds password bug, tells users to change password

Twitter: no big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

Twitter is advising all of its more than 330 million users to change their passwords ASAP after the firm discovered that user passwords had been inappropriately stored in plain-text in a log file. The company says it has fixed the internal glitch and has seen "no indication of breach or misuse" but recommends precautionary steps of changing the login password.

Unfortunately, a coding bug in Twitter's systems caused those passwords to be shown in plaintext in an internal log before completing the hashing process, Twitter's chief technology officer Parag Agrawal explained in a blog post.

"Password hashing" is an industry standard, and can prevent a hacker from quickly exploiting the information if it ever leaks.

A spokesperson for Twitter said an internal investigation into the bug is ongoing, but wouldn't say how long the passwords had been exposed.

"We are very sorry this happened", he said.

Twitter traditionally encrypts its passwords using a hashing function called bcrypt.

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Right after getting criticism for saying Twitter failed to need to proceed pubic with all the violation, Argawal adopted with still another apology. I have felt strongly that we should.

Social media platform Twitter warned its users that a recent glitch on its system has left passwords vulnerable, and recommended that users change their login details as soon as possible. If you talk to anyone who has a semblance of OpSec finesse, the "informed" decision would be to change every password immediately.

Type or paste your old account password and twice the new password that you want to use from that moment on.

Users also have the option to add two-factor verification to have an extra layer of protection for their accounts. Dictionary words are easily cracked, so it's a good idea to use a password manager and generator to create logins that use a combination of numbers, letters and other characters.

Bonus 1: Set up third-party verification app You can also choose third-party applications such as Duo Mobile, Authy or Google Authenticator to get the verification code.

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