Twitter today asked all of its users to consider changing their passwords after discovering a bug that caused them to be stored "unmasked in an internal log."
According to Twitter, the bug has been corrected and it has seen "no indication of breach or misuse by anyone" after an investigation.
We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you've used this password. https://t.co/RyEDvQOTaZWe recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you've used this password. https://t.co/RyEDvQOTaZ— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 3, 2018May 3, 2018
The bug itself is related to the hashing function Twitter uses to mask passwords. Twitter says passwords were written to an internal log before the hashing process was completed, leaving them exposed. From Twitter:
Out of caution, Twitter users should reset their password for the service, as well as those for any services using the same password. Now would also be a good time to start using two-factor authentication if you aren't already.
This is rediculous
Welcome to the new world. This isn't going to stop, so just take every precaution you can.
I'm not overly worried as I have 2FA enabled and I'm assuming this is why I haven't received an email about changing my password.
Honestly, I will change my password, but this isn't a huge deal. Sure the company has/had plaintext logs of password information. I don't use Twitter to login to any service, and there is very little personal information there.
I actually have to commend Twitter on this, in one way...Why?... Because they didn't have to say a damn word about this bug they found. But they did, just to be transparent and safe.
(Or okay, maybe they did it to CYA, ie in case it comes out later that someone did steal the raw password log file, and then they're in hot water because they knew and didn't tell anyone.)
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