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Twitter Asked 336 Million Users to Change Password as it Has Detected a Bug

Twitter masks passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter's system.

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Twitter in recent months has purged suspicious user accounts in a bid to prevent the dissemination of fake news
Twitter in recent months has purged suspicious user accounts in a bid to prevent the dissemination of fake news. Pixabay

It is time to change your Twitter password now as the micro-blogging platform has asked its 336 million users to do so across its services after it discovered a bug that stored passwords in plain text in an internal system.

In a blog post on Thursday, Twitter said it recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log.

“We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password,” said Parag Agrawal, Chief Technology Officer at Twitter, adding that Twitter is sorry that this has happened.

“We recognise and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day,” he wrote.

Twitter masks passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system.

"We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again," Twitter said.
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“This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard,” Agrawal noted.

Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process.

“We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again,” Twitter said.

Agrawal advised people to change their passwords, enable two-factor authentication on their Twitter account and use a password manager to create strong, unique passwords on every service they use.

After the massive Facebook data scandal, a report in The Sunday Telegraph recently claimed that Twitter had also sold users’ data to a Cambridge Analytica (CA) researcher who collected the data of 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge — a charge that Twitter has denied.

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According to the report, Twitter sold public data access “for one day” in 2015 to Aleksandr Kogan, then a psychology researcher with University of Cambridge, and his company Global Science Research (GSR).

In a statement given to IANS, Twitter said that based on the recent reports, they conducted their own internal review and did not find any access to private data about people who use Twitter.

Twitter reported a revenue of $665 million — an increase of 21 per cent year-over-year (yoy) — in the first quarter of 2018. (IANS)

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Group of US Lawmakers Ask Twitter to Ban Islamic Terror Groups

According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there was a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from the previous reporting period

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A group of US lawmakers on Tuesday called on Twitter to ban Islamic terror organizations on its platform.

In a press conference here, Democratic House Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Max Rose and Republicans Tom Reed and Brian Fitzpatrick asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to immediately ban foreign terror groups like Palestinian Sunni-Islamic militant organization Hamas and Lebanonese militant group Hezbollah.

“Rep. Gottheimer says they’re calling on Twitter to pull Hezbollah and Hamas accounts by November 1,” tweeted Alex Thomas.

Twitter is choosing “profits over patriotism,” said Rose.

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

The US State Department classifies Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, making it illegal for Americans to provide them with “material support or resources.”

“There is simply no reason why the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah deserve access to Twitter’s user base and platform to promote themselves as they continue to sponsor violent, radical, hate-filled extremism,” www.nj.com reported Gottheimer and other representatives as saying.

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The micro-blogging platform in May said it suspended 166,513 accounts for promoting terrorism in the July-December 2018 period, adding that there’s a steady decrease in terrorist groups trying to use the platform owing to its “zero-tolerance policy enforcement”.

According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there was a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from the previous reporting period. (IANS)