February 1st, 2013
11:04 PM ET

Twitter hacked; 250,000 accounts affected

Twitter is coming forward as the latest site to be hacked. The social network said in a blog post Friday afternoon that approximately 250,000 user accounts were potentially compromised, with attackers gaining access to information including user names and email addresses.

The company first detected signs of an attack earlier in the week, which led to an investigation and the discovery of a larger breach.

"This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later," said Bob Lord, Twitter's director of information security, in a post. "However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information."


Filed under: Security breaches • Technology • Twitter
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  1. banasy©

    Oh my; however will people keep up with the Kardashians?

    February 1, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HilariousLOSERSof the ACLU

    At 8.9 per 100,000 population, the rate of violent death (such as from homicide or accidental shooting) is 18 times higher than in Britain. For young American men the risk is much higher. The death rate from homicide for 20-24 year olds is a staggering 28 per 100,000 population.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Gollygeewillikers, wonder why that would be, Gomer?

      February 2, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol aha words of wisdom from the "ahem" other wonder boy! Musta not been acceptable to the twitter users eh?

    February 2, 2013 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    twitter twot...total waste of time...

    February 2, 2013 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Good morning, blog buddies. I'm going shopping for antiques on this clear, cold day.
    FOX has a good article about three lessons we can learn today from Ayn Rand. Please read it with an open mind.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      never...that is one CrAzEd woman...who named herself after an eyeball...

      February 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |