Over the weekend, Twitter made a shocking announcement, stating that it uncovered a bug that left the password of many twitter users exposed, and stored in plain texts.
According to a Tweet from Jack Dorsey, the Company’s CEO, a bug was spotted in the system of the social media network, and subsequent actions have been taken, but as a precautionary measure, the over 330 million users of Twitter are advised to change their passwords.
|This is the CEO, in whom I am well pleased with his social media, Jack Dorsey|
The algorithm used by the social network helps to mask a user’s password immediately they are created, so that noone in the company would be able to see the password, thereby ensuring privacy, but an undisclosed bug was said to have stored this password in an internal log before it was masked.
Through the weekend, Twitter users were shown a pop up while using the app, asking if they had changed their password. While many will, many won’t. Though the company assures their is no cause for alarm, one can’t be too safe.
A similar password case occired in 2013, but the company itself had then reset password for users, after they noticed it was a breach. But, for them to have asked users to do a manual reset now, it simply tells us there is no cause for alarm. But, if you are a twitter user and you haven’t changed your password, better do before you lose your hard earned followers.