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Twitter hacked, 250,000 user accounts affected

First published: February 2, 2013, 6:59 AM IST | Updated: February 2, 2013
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Twitter hacked, 250,000 user accounts affected
Usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords were compromised.

San Francisco: Anonymous hackers have targeted Twitter this week and gained access to roughly 250,000 user accounts though only "limited information" such as usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords were compromised, the microblogging service said on Friday.

Twitter has already reset passwords for affected users, and will notify them soon, it said in a blog post. The cyberattacks come days after the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal revealed they had been the target of a well-coordinated hacking effort.

"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."

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