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Just Go Change Your Twitter Password Now

Home - by - February 2, 2013 - 04:51 America/New_York - 6 Comments


According to Twitter, it was hacked and 250K accounts were affected, so they received emails from the company to change their password. This is not the first time this has happened, but this time it was a real hack, rather than a blend of real hacks and “false alarm” blast of emails like last time.

Way to start off our weekends, Twitter. Who knows if you’ll even get the email from Twitter about it, I know that I filter all of those things out. You can read all of the details about the hack and the company response here.

I find it really confusing when anything like this happens, because it feels like companies try to diminish the perception of the impact of the situation. Fact of the matter is, its users are seeing sad tweets from their friends about how they got hacked. I even had one person tell me that they felt like they weren’t cool enough because they didn’t get hacked.

Aaron Gotwalt @gotwalt

Let’s make this easier. Anybody’s twitter account *not* hacked?

2:14 AM – 02 Feb 13

Instead, or in addition to, just go change your password. We’re all cool enough to get hacked. The number, 250K affected, seems a bit too tidy to me, and I’m not saying that Twitter is lying, I’m just saying that it’s better to be safe than sorry.



  1. Timwi

    February 2nd, 2013


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  2. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    February 2nd, 2013

    No Twit here, no problem.

    Got no face either

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  3. DaveVA

    February 2nd, 2013

    No Twit or Face either

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  4. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    I avoid crowded places, on-line or off. Not that IOTW is as empty as an Obama campaign rally, of course.

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  5. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    Slightly OT, I happened on a Jimmy Kimmel bit last night that was actually pretty funny, “Facebook Police”.

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  6. Doug Wakeman

    February 2nd, 2013

    Can’t find any password management on Twitter. It says use the password tab on the gear icon, but there is no password tab there.

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