One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we‘ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We‘re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge even to ourselves that we’ve been so credulous. Carl Sagan, The Fine Art of Baloney Detection”
Twitter: 250,000 Users Were Hacked
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Earlier this week, hackers gained access to Twitter’s internal systems and stole information, compromising 250,000 accounts before the breach was stopped.
Bob Lord, the company’s manager of network security, Friday.
Twitter is resetting passwords for the affected users.
Twitter’s Lord did not specify the method by which hackers penetrated its system. However, he mentioned vulnerabilities related to Java in Apple’s Safari Web browser
There are also suggestions in Lord’s post that the hacking attempt was organized, and possibly linked to recent cyberattacks on other media institutions like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Lord wrote:
This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked. For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.
The New York Times recently reported that Chinese hackers linked to state or military institutions .
Twitter , an industry veteran who had previously worked at Netscape and Red Hat, in 2010 to upgrade its security. The information-broadcasting service has about 200 million users.