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Twitter Hack Revealed Mostly Spam Account Details

Earlier this week, a Twitter hack came to light whereby 55,000 account details were posted on Pastebin. Fortunately, it seems the compromised accounts were mostly those of spammers.

Twitter has investigated the breach, and is continuing to do so, but a representative has said that the usernames and passwords spilled were mainly banned spam kings, and there were also many duplicates.

The spokesman said: "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 login credentials that do not appear to be linked (that is, the password and username are not actually associated with each other)."

So it would seem that there weren't many genuine accounts that were compromised, although the social network is taking no chances, which is why the firm is continuing with a thorough investigation to detect any "real" user details among the spammers.

The spokesman added: "We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected."

As to the motive of the hacker who dumped this little lot out on the internet, that remains unclear.

Source: CNN