Twitter warns 330 million users to change their passwords

However, the company said it recently discovered a bug, and that the passwords were being stored unmasked in an internal log.

SAN FRANCISCO (NEWS10) - Twitter is urging all users to change their passwords immediately.

Mr Hunt added: "We've certainly seen many precedents of simply flaws resulting in data breaches".

Twitter users will have to reset their passwords, thanks to a new bug discovered by the company where passwords were stored unmasked in an internal log. Twitter's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Parag Agrawal posted on the company's blog explaining why users will have to change their passwords.

"As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you've used this password", the company tweeted.

Independent security expert Graham Cluley said: "It's quite encouraging that Twitter both found the problem internally, and informed its users quickly and transparently".

In addition to changing your password, it is strongly advised that you enable Twitter's Login verification for better security. Well, at least not directly, as this data is encrypted and cannot be read by anyone, including employees of the company.

The passwords go through a hashing process which uses a function known as bcrypt which replaces the actual password with random characters which are stored in the systems of the company.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive, explained in a Tweet that the passwords had been stored on an internal computer log before measures that were meant to prevent staff from seeing the passwords had taken effect. Uncoded passwords were collected in an internal log, the French press and the Associated Press reported.

Twitter says they have fixed the bug and the company's investigation showed there was no breach or misuse by anyone of this particular bug.

This article will provide instructions on how you can change your password on Twitter. The replacement password should be strong and unique.

Other than just changing your password, there are a few additional steps that can be taken just to be secure. Cybercriminals are sophisticated individuals and can crack your password easily.

Despite Twitter's bold assurances, it is hard to ignore past occasions when large amounts of Twitter passwords have appeared for sale. Remember, if the data gets leaked, all your accounts can get compromised.

  • Jon Douglas