Twitter urges all users to change passwords immediately
Social networking site Twitter has just announced that all users will need to change passwords immediately following a bug discovery.
The bug, seen by the internal team, logs all of the user’s passwords onto a single file without having any encryption. Although there have been no signs of breach or misuse over the said bug, the company –including CEO Jack Dorsey — is urging everyone who uses the platform to immediately change their passwords for their safety and as a precautionary measure.
We recently discovered a bug where account passwords were being written to an internal log before completing a masking/hashing process. We’ve fixed, see no indication of breach or misuse, and believe it’s important for us to be open about this internal defect. https://t.co/BJezo7Gk00
— jack (@jack) May 3, 2018
The site has rolled out a new popup that informs users of the incident, prompting them to do action immediately, as well as suggesting to heighten up account security such as turning on two-factor authentication, choosing more unique passwords, and using password managers for storage.
Twitter said that the issue has been fixed as of the announcement time. There are currently 336 million users on the microblogging social network service, and the company declined to comment to CNN on how many passwords were stored in the said internal bug.