Twitter informed us on Friday evening that its systems had been attacked this past week by an unidentified group of hackers. As of right now it appears the hackers may have had access to the usernames, email addresses and other sensitive information of nearly a 250,000 Twitter users.
“This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later,” the company said in a blog post. “However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.”
Accounts that were compromised have been locked for security reasons. If in fact your account was compromised Twitter will be sending you an email (if it hasn’t already) telling you how to reset your password in order to regain access to your account.
(Via Twitter Blog.)