As many as a quarter of a million Twitter users may have had their personal details stolen by hackers, after the social media giant became the latest victim in a string of high-profile cyber attacks.
Twitter, which has over 200 million active users worldwide, admitted in a blog posting earlier this week it had detected attempts to gain access to its user data.
While the site shut down one attack moments after it was detected, it discovered the ‘extremely sophisticated’ hackers may have managed to access user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users.
Twitter reset the pilfered passwords and has said all affected users would receive an e-mail notifying them that they need to create a new password.
The online attack comes on the heels of recent hacks into the computer systems of U.S. media and technology companies, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
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