June 10, 2016
Has Your Twitter Password Been Stolen?
Typically, if you found yourself in the company of Katy Perry, Drake, and Roger Goodell, you’d probably consider yourself lucky. However, in this case, it’s bad news. Their Twitter credentials are among the nearly 33 million that hackers illegally obtained and are selling on the dark web for 10 bitcoins or about £4870, according to Mashable.
Twitter insists the usernames and credentials were not obtained through a data breach, and some are still skeptical of the authenticity of the credentials. However, it is still a good idea to change your password and ensure it isn’t too predictable. According to a list of common passwords published by LeakedSource, 123456 is the most common Twitter password. If your password is anything similar the passwords on their list, now would be a good time to change it.
According to a LeakedSource blog, “tens of millions of people have become infected by malware, and the malware sent every saved username and password from browsers like Chrome and Firefox back to the hackers from all websites including Twitter.”
This is the latest breach in an alarming trend of social media accounts being hacked or compromised. In May, 117 million emails and passwords for LinkedIn accounts were up for sale on the dark web.
LinkedIn provided some great password tips after the hack, so here’s a quick refresher of those tips:
- Don’t use the same password across all the sites you visit
- Never share your password with others
- Reset your password often
- Install antivirus software on your computer and keep it up to date
- Only connect with people you know and trust
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