Twitter apologizes for mishandling password data

The social media company discovered that passwords were being logged internally in an unencrypted format. Here’ s how it shared the mistake with the public.

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If you’re on Twitter, the company says you should change your password.

This comes after a revelation that passwords were being stored unencrypted internally. Although the company believes the passwords were not shared outside the organization, employees had access to user passwords, and the company says that’s reason enough for users to change them.

In blog post, Twitter explained:

When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it. We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.

Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. You can change your Twitter password anytime by going to the password settings page.

The company shared the news via its own platform:

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