Twitter security breach exposes accounts to hackers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A French hacker is claiming that he broke into Twitter’s internal administration system, giving him access to the accounts of millions of Twitter users including those of Barack Obama, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher and Lily Allen.

The claim appears to be confirmed by screenshot images uploaded to a French blog, giving a glimpse into Twitter’s admin panel and revealing that the likes of Kutcher and Allen have blocked other Twitter users such as celebrity gossipmonger Perez Hilton from contacting them.

Although early media reports, suggested that Twitter has so far remained silent about the security breach, they have now published a brief blog entry about what occurred.

Amongst the private information which was…

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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.