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Millions of Twitter Accounts Locked Following Data Breach

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A hacker with ties to the recent LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr data breaches now claims to have gained access to Twitter’s account database. The hacker has allegedly posted the account information of 32 million Twitter users for sale online.

According to Twitter, the data breach did not result from a direct hack of Twitter’s servers. Instead, Twitter suggests the usernames and passwords may have been collected from a combination of other recent breaches and malware on users’ machines. Twitter has identified millions of users whose information may have been compromised, temporarily locked their accounts, and sent them password reset notifications.

In order to better protect your account against data breaches, Twitter recommends authorizing two-factor authentication. For instructions on how to set up Twitter’s two-factor authentication system, see: https://blog.twitter.com/2013/getting-started-with-login-verification.

For more security best practices to protect your accounts against data breaches, including how to set a strong password, see our recommendations following the LinkedIn breach.

For more information about the Twitter data breach, see:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/twitter-32-million-credentials-accounts-selling-online/
https://www.wired.com/2016/06/twitter-hack/
http://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-hacker-selling-information-on-millions-of-accounts-report-says/

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