You need to change your twitter password on an immediate basis as a bug has been discovered in its internal system. Due to a bug found in the system, passwords were getting stored in an internal log before completing the masking process.
Twitter hides its passwords through a process called hashing. The process replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters with an aim to mask the password. The process allowed Twitter to validate account credentials without unmasking your password.
Parag Agrawal, Chief Technology Officer wrote in his blog, “We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.” He added, “We recognise and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day.”
Twitter warned its users in a blog on Thursday about unmasked passwords, “Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password.”
The micro-blogging platform has asked its 336 million users to change the password because the bug was storing the password in plain language in its system.
To create strong passwords, Agrawal advised people to enable two-factor authentication on their Twitter account. He also asked to use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites in addition to using a password manager to make sure they are strong and unique everywhere.
“We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again,” Twitter said.
Recently, a report in The Sunday Telegraph stated that Twitter had sold users’ data to a Cambridge Analytica (CA) . Cambridge Analytica has already been in the eye of the storm after reportedly collecting the private data of Facebook users. As per IANS report, Twitter has said that they conducted their own internal review and did not find any access to private data about people who use Twitter.