Twitter asks users to change password immediately

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED May 8, 2018 09:28 am

(Inside Manila) Twitter has urged all of its users to change their passwords after it discovered a bug that stored passwords in plain text in an internal system.



But it seems that users didn’t have to worry as the company said had seen “no indication of breach or misuse” after fixing the problem.


However, it suggested users consider changing their password on Twitter and on all services where they have used the same password “as a precaution”.


In a blogpost, Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal explained that the bug occurred due to an issue in the hashing process that masks passwords by replacing them with a random string of characters that get stored on Twitter’s system. But due to an error, passwords were saved in plain text to an internal log, instead of masking them with the hashing process.


Twitter hasn’t revealed how many users’ passwords may have been compromised. But the fact that the company is urging all of its users to change their passwords indicates that it would seem to be a significant number of users.


There are currently 336 million users on the microblogging social network service. According to statista.com, there are 9.5 million active Twitter users here in the Philippines.

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