Twitter urges users to change password following discovery of internal bug

The company says that none of its users’ passwords ever left Twitter’s systems

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U.S.-based microblogging giant Twitter is urging users to change their passwords after the company discovered an internal bug that stored passwords in an insecure fashion.

The news comes out of a May 3rd, 2018 blog post in which Twitter claims to have fixed the bug.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password,” reads an excerpt from the May 3rd post.

According to Twitter, the company typically masks passwords through a process called ‘hashing,’ which stores passwords as random numbers and letters within Twitter’s systems.

However, the bug prevented the completion of the hashing process, meaning that passwords were stored unmasked.

Twitter said that it had “no reason to believe password information ever left Twitter’s systems or was misused by anyone.”

“We are very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day,” said Twitter, in the same May post.

According to the company’s first quarter 2018 earnings report, Twitter boasts 336 million monthly active users.

Source: Twitter