The social network Twitter asked in a tweet to its 330 million users to change their password as a precaution after discovering a flaw in its own service
The social network Twitter asked on Thursday, in a tweet, about 330 million users to change their password as a precaution after discovering a flaw in his own service.
“We recently discovered a bug that stored unmasked passwords in an internal registry, fixed this bug, and have no indication that there was an intrusion or fraudulent use by that it is, “wrote Twitter, recommending its users to change their password” as a precaution “.
The social network, which US President Donald Trump has made his favorite means of communication, explains the error in a brief blog titled “To keep your account protected”, which does not say how long ago this flaw exists or how many passwords were thus exposed.
The group says it “masks passwords through a hash process by using a function called + bcrypt +, which replaces the actual password with a random series of numbers and letters that are stored in the Twitter system. “.
“This allows our systems to validate your account without revealing your password, which is an industry standard,” he says.
“Due to a bug, the passwords were entered into an internal registry before being subjected to the hash process, and we discovered the error ourselves, removed the passwords, and place so that this bug does not happen again, “adds Twitter.
– “Sorry” –
Jack Dorsey’s group says they are “deeply sorry.” “We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us and we commit ourselves to earn that trust every day,” he says to his users.
The Twitter action, launched on the stock market in 2013, lost 1.14% to 30.32 dollars in trade just after closing.
This new loophole in the data of a large social network comes as in the United States as in Europe, users, regulators and legislators worry more and more about how are stored, protected or used the personal information of users.
Facebook has been in turmoil since the British company Cambridge Analytica (CA) is accused of having collected the data of tens of millions of users to develop a software to predict and influence the vote of US voters.
In another scandal, the US credit bureau Equifax, which collects and analyzes the personal data of customers seeking credit, was the victim of an intrusion that hacked the personal data of 147 million people in the United States but also in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Twitter revealed this problem a week after announcing a profit for the second consecutive quarter.
Net income for the period was $ 61 million compared to a loss of $ 61.5 million a year ago and a profit of $ 91.1 million in the prior quarter. Turnover increased by 21% to 665 million.
These two consecutive quarters in the green came to reassure the financial health of Twitter, which doubled this fall the length of the tweets to 280 characters and had previously never managed to be profitable. Key element, advertising revenue rose 21% to $ 575 million.
Like Facebook or Google, its business model is based on advertising revenue, targeted by users’ personal data.
Asked last week about Facebook’s woes over leakage of personal data, founder and boss Jack Dorsey said: “We are different (…) because Twitter is public and all our data is public, open to all”.
He further explained that network activity “in terms of data is just about making real-time data easier to use for brands, researchers, or organizations.”
Jack Dorsey finally assured that Twitter did not provide “any personally identifiable information that is not already visible on the platform”.