twitter_hackedIf you are a Twitter user, it may be wise to log in and change your password.  In a recent attack on Twitter, approximately 250,000 user accounts have been affected.  The hackers have gained access to “limited” user information such as user names, email addresses and encrypted versions of passwords.

In a blog post from Bob Lord, Twitter’s Director of Information Security, he states that, if your account has been tampered with, you will receive an email from Twitter notifying you that your password has been reset and that you will need to enter a new one.  They are also encouraging “all users to take this opportunity to ensure that they are following good password hygiene, on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet.”

This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated … For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information

With the ongoing rash of major hacking attacks, like the ones against The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal or even the White House,  it’s urged that you keep an close eye on your online accounts.  Ultimately, you’re the one putting your personal information out there.  There’s always a chance of your information falling into the wrong hands.