Questions and answers about the Twitter hack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I’ve been speaking to the media today about the Twitter hack that saw the credentials of around 250,000 users scooped up by cybercriminals.

During the day, the same questions have been cropping up – and I thought it would be useful to briefly cover them here.

What did the hackers steal?

According to a blog post by Twitter, the hackers stole usernames, email addresses, session tokens and salted-and-hashed passwords (which is certainly better news than if they had stolen plaintext passwords).

What could the hackers do with that information?

A few things…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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