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Twitter Catches a Bug, Asks Users to Change Password The company said the bug stored the passwords in plain text


TWITTER URGED its more than 330 million users to immediately change their passwords after they caught a bug that wrote them in plain text in their internal logs.

The company said they use a process called hashing which replaces the password with a random set of letters and numbers and allows them to validate the account without revealing the password. The bug stored the passwords in plain text.

“We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone,” Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal wrote in a company blog post.

Agrawal advised users to enable two factor authentication and change their password “out of an abundance of caution” as they believe “password information ever left Twitter’s systems or was misused by anyone.”

Twitter’s announcement follows recent incidents of data breach at Facebook  and Uber. Regulators around the world are now looking at the way companies protect user data.

Twitter did not say how many passwords were exposed or when the bug was caught but it did say that they caught the bug and are now implementing plans to prevent it from happening again.

“We are very sorry this happened,” Agrawal said.




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