55,000 Twitter Accounts May Have Been Hacked

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Hackers have released more than 55,000 Twitter usernames and passwords, according to online security focused blog, Airdemon.

However, this may not be a real “hacking.” It may be some weird prank.

We heard about the hacking when a reader sent us a link to the site.

We’ve reached out to Twitter for comment, but haven’t heard anything yet.

The hacking was picked up on Hacker News, and a commenter casted doubt on it:

I just did a random sampling of these accounts, and what’s interesting is that every one of the 20 accounts I looked at had about 3-6 followers, and was following thousands of people (or it was suspended).

All their bios sound like bot-generated text, they all have suspiciously similar passwords that look auto-generated, and none of them seem to have much to say.

On a hunch, I logged in to a few of those accounts and saw that they all had messages asking them to confirm their email addresses, as they had not done so yet.

This is probably not a “leak,” but some spammer’s list of fake accounts.

Still, If you want to make sure you’re unaffected by this vulnerability, go through these Pastebin pages and search for your username. If it doesn’t appear there, then you’re safe — (page 1 [page 2 [page 3 [page 4 [page 5).

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