On Thursday, social networking service Twitter warned its 336 Million users to change their account password all of a sudden. This was due to a glitch in hashing process. The ‘glitch’ led the password to be stored in plain text rather than in disguised form. This made the passwords vulnerable to hackers.
Parag Agarwal, Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer disclosed this issue in a blog post. The post said that users should consider changing their password on other services if the passwords they used there were the same as on Twitter. In another post, Twitter disclosed that it has solved the issue and there was no misuse or stealing of data.
“We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone,” Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a tweet. “As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password.”
This revelation was due to the consistent examination of Twitter’s security by lawmakers and regulators. They check how the companies store and keep the consumer’s data secure. Security has become the first choice of users after incidents at Facebook, Uber Technologies, and Equifax.
Though the issue was discovered by Twitter a week ago but it didn’t allow the persons to discuss it publicly.
Why did the Glitch happen?
The issue was caused due to a problem in ‘hashing’ process. Hashing is a process by which Twitter secures and stores users’ passwords. The glitch caused the password to be written in an internal log before the completion of the security process, the blog said.
Twitter also apologized for the glitch by the way of its blog post.
After this, Twitter adviced the users to take security measures. It suggested enabling Twitter’s two-factor authentication service in order to stay away from any potential risks.
How to change Twitter account password:
To do just that for your own account, navigate to Settings and privacy > Password. Enter your current password and then pick a new one. And if you used your old Twitter password for any other accounts, you should change those, too.