On Friday, February 01, 2013, Twitter, Inc. announced that it was a target of an attack. The company says 250,000 users may have been affected.
The company reports it detected unusual access patterns earlier during the week and found that user information—usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords for about 250,000 users may have been accessed.
Twitter’s director of information security wrote that they discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down while in process; however, their investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to this limited user information.
Jim Prosser, spokesman for Twitter, the social network known for its 140-character messages, could not speculate on the origin of the attacks as its investigation was ongoing.
Prosser also stated that Twitter was working with government and federal law enforcement to track down the source of attacks. For now, he said the company had reset passwords for, and notified every compromised user.
For more information about making your Twitter account more secure, go to: https://support.twitter.com/articles/76036-keeping-your-account-secure# .
If you feel you are a victim of identity theft as a result of this breach, contact the Office of Privacy Protection at (800) 422-7128 or email us at DATCPWisconsinPrivacy@Wisconsin.gov.