Twitter Finds 'Bug,' Recommends All 330 Million Users Change Passwords

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Twitter is urging users to change their passwords after discovering a bug in its system that left passwords exposed.

Twitter now recommends that you change your password, because of course you should-passwords were literally sitting in some document on the company's servers.

Normally, Twitter - and most other websites that require passwords to log in - use a process called hashing, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters.

The company announced on Thursday it discovered a bug that saved user passwords unprotected on an internal log.

Twitter shares dropped as much as 2.7% in after-hours trading after the company disclosed the bug. So instead of 64eyb95exmp, people looking at one specific database at Twitter would see my password as Password123 (again, do not make this your new password).

Twitter Finds 'Bug,' Recommends All 330 Million Users Change Passwords

"We are very sorry this happened", the Twitter blog said.

Bleeping Computer has reached out to Twitter to inquire about the number of affected users, but the social network did not respond before this article's publication. "We recognise and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day". "This is an industry standard", Twitter CTO Parag Agarwal wrote in the blog.

Enable two factor authentication for login verification.

If you are changing it from your phone you'll want to click on "Settings and privacy", then "Account" followed by "Change password".

You can consider using a password manager to ensure you are using strong, unique passwords everywhere.

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