Anonymous hacks Twitter
Up to 250,000 user accounts compromised
Messaging platform Twitter announced on Friday that as many as 250,000 of its user accounts may have been compromised by the online conglomerate known as Anonymous, Reuters reported.
Despite the fact that passwords were among the accessed data, the company expressed confidence that its encryption would hold up, but said it had reset passwords anyway.
In its announcement, Twitter alluded to the recent attacks on The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, but while both of those organisations had pointed the finger at China, Twitter made no comment on the origin or nature of the attacks on its servers.
"This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident," Twitter said. "The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organisations have also been recently similarly attacked."
Twitter is a private company, but with 200 million active users and 400 million daily tweets, the company is launching new advertising services and is expected to be preparing for a 2014 IPO. In early January, The Guardian reported that Greencrest, a financial analyst firm specialising in pre-public companies, estimated Twitter's worth at $11bn.
The incursion on Twitter's servers is not the first it has suffered. The company is currently bound by a consent decree signed with the US Federal Trade Commission in 2010, in which it agreed to 10 years of independent privacy audits, following a similar attack.