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Twitter tells users to change passwords after bug

04 May 2018

There are an estimated 8 million Twitter users in South Africa.

Twitter's CTO Parag Agrawal said. In one of the most recent security attack, Twitter is affected by a bug which is a threat to a user's password. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. Another fact that might be of effect is that Twitter found the bug itself, removed any unhashed passwords, and fixed the bug to stop such an event happening again. Twitter also advised users to activate its two-factor authentication service to help prevent accounts from being hijacked. Simpler still, even granny could've copy pasted all 300-million passwords into Word if she wanted, and she could've logged into Donald Trump's account without his knowledge. The process is similar for the mobile app, with just one extra step where you need to enter Security under Settings and Privacy. The bug allows the password to be kept in an internal log without hashing it so they can be stored in readable text format. By using such methods, you can add an extra layer to your Twitter password.

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Both MD5 and SHA1 are overly susceptible to brute-force cracking. There has been no indication of a breach or misuse of the data.

If you have forgotten your Twitter password, you can reset it by clicking on the "Forgot password? link in the login screen. You can change your Twitter password anytime by going to the password settings page".

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The company did not say when it discovered the bug.

"We didn't have to, but believe it's the right thing to do", he said but, following widespread criticism, he later backpedaled on his initial comment and apologized to users.

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Twitter Support team has shared the information by making a tweet regarding the issue. One of the passwords that now needs to be changed belongs to the US president Donald Trump. "I should not have said we didn't have to share", he said. I've felt strongly that we should always.

Twitter tells users to change passwords after bug