Twitter is urging all users to change their password after a bug was found within the password systems.
Twitter is advising all users to change their password after they found a bug which stored passwords improperly. @Twitter doesn't think user accounts were affected but recommends users change their passwords. #Tell2
— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) May 3, 2018
Twitter released a statement saying When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it.
“We 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. You can change your Twitter password anytime by going to the password settings page.”
Alert: #Twitter user❓
Change @Twitter password now.
Use #ThreeRandomWords, ensure it’s different from from YOUR other online accounts.
If used the password elsewhere, change!
— National Fraud & Economic Crime Protect (@CityPoliceTell2) May 3, 2018
Twitter explained the bug.
“We mask 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.
“This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard.
“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.”
Tips on Account Security
Twitter have now released a number of tips for keeping your account secure, Twitter believe they have no reason to believe password information ever left Twitter’s systems or was misused by anyone, there are a few steps you can take to help us keep your account safe:
Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.
Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
Enable login verification, also known as two factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.
Twitter have said they are sorry this has happened and they recognize and appreciate the trust you place in Twitter, and are committed to earning that trust every day.