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article imageTwitter hacked? Thousands of user names & passwords on Pastebin

By Anne Sewell     May 9, 2012 in Internet
Twitter has allegedly been hacked and tens of thousands of user names and passwords were published on pastebin.com. Should you be worried?
According to RT, the passwords for around 35,000 Twitter accounts were posted on the file-sharing website.
They state that Twitter tweeted: “We’re looking into the situation and have pushed out password resets to potentially affected accounts.”
However, Mashable is reporting that hackers affiliated with Anonymous had claimed this week to have published details of around 55,000 Twitter accounts.
On Tuesday, Twitter stated that the claims are mainly bogus and that the posted details were duplicate information, or simply user names and passwords for suspended spam Twitter accounts, and mainly included incorrect login details, rendering them useless.
The document uploaded to Pastebin included 5 very long pages of alleged user names and passwords. You can view pages one, two, three, four and five if you are concerned that your account might have been compromised.
Airdemon.net, a hacking news website, reported the alleged breach on Tuesday, causing worries of a massive hacking attack on Twitter's servers. The web site stated that "celebrity accounts had been compromised" and claim to have information from a “Twitter insider” which confirmed the attack.
Apparently Twitter has sent password resets to accounts which might have been compromised and has encouraged users to visit the Help Center in order to review security settings and change their passwords.
A Twitter representative has debunked the idea of a hugely successful breach but did say that the company is still investigating the situation.
While it doesn't sound too serious, it might be an idea to change your password, just in case.
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