Twitter is asking its users to change their passwords after a bug stealing the private info was discovered. The company says the same has been fixed, but it’s better to change the password.
Following is what the micro-blogging site had to say:
We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. https://t.co/RyEDvQOTaZ
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 3, 2018
For those interested in learning the details, Twitter uses hashing to mask users passwords, so that they get stored on their servers in form of a random set of numbers and letters, and not plain text.
However, the company says due to the bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process. According to them, the bug was identified and solved before anyone else found out.
We “are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again,” the company said in a blog post.