Unidentified attackers carried out a number of successful attacks on Twitter.
February 1 resource administration Twitter issued a statement about finding security incident related to the attacks on the servers of popular platforms.
“This week, we found a number of unusual access attempts, which allowed us to identify attempts to gain unauthorized access to user data Twitter. We found one active attack and managed to stop it almost immediately. However, our investigation revealed that the attackers were able to gain access to restricted user data, 250,000 users: user names, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted passwords, “– said in a statement.
This is not the first hacker attack on the most popular networks and resources of the United States. Recall that this week it became known compromised computers publications New York Times and Wall Street Journal. These developments have not gone unnoticed U.S. authorities. According to the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama (Barack Obama), discussions between senior officials of the U.S. and China on the issue of the large number of hacker attacks on U.S. companies and government agencies have not yielded the expected results. In connection with this controller began to consider possible sanctions, which the Government will respond to such incidents of information security.
“We should clarify the situation, – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, commenting on the situation. – China should be made clear that the U.S. will have to take measures to protect not only their government, but its private sector, from these illegal intrusions. “
U.S. authorities have been quite a long time focus on the threat of economic and national security posed by Chinese hackers. However, the impetus to take more decisive action served many analysts reports a marked increase in the number of such attacks.
As the Associated Press, this information was confirmed by two former U.S. officials, who wished to remain anonymous. According to sources, most likely, the U.S. intends to establish a new intelligence agency in charge of the will, including the study of China’s role in the global digital espionage.
Obama administration officials, in turn, said that at the moment no concrete decisions about new sanctions the government has not yet adopted. Among the options under consideration, there is the restriction of the visa regime, and reducing large purchases of Chinese goods.
We recommend our readers to change the passwords to access their accounts in Twitter.