SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has become the latest victim in a large-scale cyber attacks against media companies as anonymous hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users, the social media giant revealed late on Friday.
In a blog post, the company said, it detected attempts to gain access to its user data earlier in the week. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.
But Twitter discovered that the attackers may have stolen user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users they describe as `a very small percentage of our users.”
“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident,” Twitter said. “The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”