55,000 Hacked Accounts Debunked By Twitter
May 9, 2012

55,000 Hacked Accounts Debunked By Twitter

Twitter is denying claims by hackers that they have published details of several thousands of Twitter accounts on text storage site Pastebin. Twitter is claiming the list or nearly 55,000 entries contains duplicate information or username and password information from suspended spam accounts, reports Sam Laird for Mashable.

Hacking news aggregator Airdemon.net reported the supposed breach on Tuesday, that a massive successful attack was visited on Twitter´s servers. Airdemon claimed celebrity accounts were among those compromised, and that a “Twitter insider” confirmed the attack.

Twitter debunked the notion of such a successful breach but said the company is still investigating the situation. “We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected,” Twitter spokesman Robert Weeks told CNET´s Elinor Mills in an e-mail.

“For those who are concerned that their account may have been compromised, we suggest resetting your passwords and more in our Help Center.”

“It´s worth noting that, so far, we´ve discovered that the list of alleged accounts and passwords found on Pastebin consists of more than 20,000 duplicates, many spam accounts that have already been suspended, and many log-in credentials that do not appear to be linked (that is, the password and username are not actually associated with each other),” he said.

The list does seem a bit odd, with many passwords that appeared to be robust, and a separation between e-mail addresses and user IDs that hacker Adrian Lamo noted on Twitter wasn´t representative of a typical password dump.

This alleged data breach came as Twitter challenges a court order to turn over personal data to law enforcement on one of its users involved in Occupy Wall Street, AFP reports. The motion filed Monday in a New York state court said the order would require Twitter to violate federal law and denies the user the ownership rights to his Twitter messages.

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday applauded Twitter´s action, saying the company was standing up for free speech.