Twitter officials say that as many as 250,000 of it’s more than 200 million active user accounts may have been compromised. Twitter, in a recent blog posting, says attempts to gain access to user accounts were detected this week. Twitter’s techies were able to shut down one attack moments after it was detected.
However, it was later discovered that attackers may have indeed gained access to it’s user’s data, including usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords. Those users affected have been sent an email advising them that Twitter has reset their password, and provides them with a link to create a new one.
Other notable breaches affecting U.S. media and technology companies have occurred in recent weeks. System breaches were reported by The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well. The hackers are believed to be based in China.