Why Twitter Urges Its Users To Change Their Passwords

Just as the dust of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook is gradually settling down, Twitter raised another one by advising its over 330 million users to consider changing their passwords. According to the social network, it discovered a glitch on its internal network that cannot be overlooked.

According to Twitter, after a quick investigation, the social network found out that there is no sign that any passwords were misused or stolen by insiders. However, pundits have raised suspicions that even if passwords were stolen, it is not likely that Twitter will say so except if someone proves it.

Despite their findings that no password was stolen, Twitter still advised its users to change their passwords to be on the safer side since security and safety are very important. Besides, the increased spate of fraud, impersonation, and identity theft all over the world gives serious cause for concern.

According to a reliable report, Twitter found the bug several weeks ago and it was reported to some regulators immediately. According to Jack Dorsey, the glitch was related to its use of hashing to mask passwords. As users enter their passwords, the system replaces them with letters and numbers. The bug made the system to copy passwords and store them on an internal computer even before the process of hashing ends.

In addition to changing of passwords, Twitter also advises that users should turn on two-factor authentication service to prevent hacking of their accounts. No one really knows how serious the issue is. However, you can avoid being a victim of hacking by applying the following tips.

You should limit the number of people at have access to your account. You should also use a strong password that contains both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You should use Twitters login verification. Finally, never enter your username and password on suspicious third party websites.

Cambridge Analytics Suspends CEO Alexander nix

Everybody who’s practically been alive since Saturday is all too familiar – or at least familiar, in the slightest – with Cambridge Analytica, a data firm specifically concentrating on its political uses.

Cambridge Analytica gained unauthorized access to roughly 50 million Facebook accounts’ personal information and metadata, presumably allowing the firm to more closely tailor political marketing messages to Internet users, particularly those on Facebook.

It’s said that a scholar in the human sciences developed an app that asked personal questions about Facebook users, similar to other dating or personal life mobile applications. Through that application, which was then used by Cambridge Analytica, many gigabytes of data that turned out to be useful in advertising were mined, then combed through, used to make inferences, then pump out popular advertisements.

Here’s the newest of the news: Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive officer Alexander Nix was suspended from his position on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Alexander Tayler, the chief data officer of Cambridge Analytica, has been asked to act as the firm’s lead executive until more formal, permanent plans are finalized.

A popular news channel in Britain, Channel 4 News, published an exclusive piece on inappropriate behavior committed by Alexander Nix and others among the upper echelons of Cambridge Analytica. The publication was broadcast on Monday in the United Kingdom, just two days after Saturday, March 17’s dual reports from The New York Times and The Observer that initially detailed a link between 50 million Facebook profiles’ worth of data, Cambridge Analytics, Facebook, and even Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Nix was found at what was apparently a business meeting, of which an undercover reporter for Channel 4 News was present and acting as a wealthy client seeking his services, claiming he could reliably bribe politicians to throw their chances of election off, or even entrap them with sex workers, take video evidence, and ruin their careers.

Many state politicians in both the U.S. and U.K. are calling on Mark Zuckerberg’s insight to his company’s data breach.