June 25, 2016
Millions of Twitter Accounts Compromised
Once more into the breach with Twitter. A company called LeakedSource claims to have gotten its hands on a database containing some 32 million Twitter passwords associated with accounts via email (rather than user name). Although per the company’s information on the database, most of the passwords come from Russia, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to change your password in light of this news, just in case. If you’ve not heard of them, LeakedSource is a freemium website that allows you to check your login credentials to see if they have been compromised.
The company stresses the fact that it doesn’t appear that Twitter itself was hacked. The passwords appear to have been gleaned from browser history files, courtesy of malware installed on PCs belonging to individual users. Even so, as mentioned, any time something like this happens, it’s not a bad idea to play it safe and give your password an update.
As ever, on the heels of such news, it’s a good time to remind everyone once more that if you’re not using an up-to-date web browser, you should be. If you’re not using some type of password manager to keep your logins secure, you should be, and of course, if you’re using the same password across multiple sites, you shouldn’t be.
If attacks like these have you increasingly concerned about the state of your company’s digital security, we can help. Contact us, and one of our knowledgeable team members will review your firm’s current security, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and help you build a more robust, integrated digital security system to keep your company and client data more secure. 2016 is on track to be the worst year in the history of the internet in terms of the number of successful breaches, and the attacks initiated by the hacking community are constantly increasing in their sophistication. Now is the time to make sure your own security is up to par, lest you become their next target.