Feb. 2, 2013, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Twitter accounts were hacked in a large attack that may have affected 250,000 users out of Twitter's 200 million users. This comes on the heels of major hacker attacks on Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Twitter stated in a press release this past Friday that it detected the attack earlier in the week when hackers were trying to gain access to as many users' data as possible. Twitter shut down many of the attacks once they were detected. Although most of the attacks were closed down, Twitter admitted that they may have obtained user names, encrypted passwords, and email addresses belonging to over 250,000 Twitter users.
If your Twitter accounts was affected by the Twitter hack, you will receive an email from Twitter directly stating your account was compromised and your passwords have been reset. Bob Lord Twitter's director of Information Security, knows that the attacks are not by amateurs and was not an isolated incident, due to the recent string of attacks on major banks and corporations. He also noted that Twitter will beef up security and continue to monitor the situation in case any further attacks are attempted so its users are kept safe and secure.