55,000 Twitter accounts hacked, passwords revealed

Social media is a very powerful medium and many people and companies (including Neowin!) use it frequently to share information as well as entertainment. When we see something on our feed, we assume it’s coming from the person we’re following.

Now it appears that over 55,000 Twitter accounts have been hacked by an anonymous source. According to AirDemon.net, the compromised accounts are available for public viewing on PasteBin and they provide links to the affected accounts. There’s actually so many accounts that the attackers had to use five separate PasteBin pages to house all of the data. It’s also unknown if these are the only affected Twitter accounts or if there are more that are being withheld by the intruders. Although many of the passwords are predictably weak, many of them are relatively complex. There is currently no word how the accounts were compromised.

While it appears that Twitter has already disabled many of the affected accounts, people frequently use the same passwords to access multiple sites and this breach could allow the attackers to compromise email accounts, banking sites, and message boards. We’d recommend that users be extra cautious opening attachments and clicking links, especially if you have a friend on the compromised list.

The five PasteBin pages are located here: page1  page2  page3  page4  page5

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Yeah OK. Real people use passwords like Vc3H4:/G65_9

*sarcasm*

If they were like: Joshpassword123 I'd say yeah.

No matter. I really don't even use my Twitter. But just for kicks I'm changing password now!

butilikethecookie said,
Yeah OK. Real people use passwords like Vc3H4:/G65_9

*sarcasm*

If they were like: Joshpassword123 I'd say yeah.

No matter. I really don't even use my Twitter. But just for kicks I'm changing password now!


My passwords looks like this 2Y3wnKe5x8

looking at the passwords, they're all random letters, when I think most of the joe bloggs public tends to use memorable words.
Seems odd

Wow, harsh that they posted both mails and passwords. Chances are that they use the same passwords elsewhere. And they often even identify the individuals due to how mail addresses often look.

I understand the reason to post the details so that others can take actions in case they were hacked, but... Wow, hot and highly exploitable material right there. *points* If you want to hack someone.

Definitely appears to be a mad spammer releasing the passwords to their garbage accounts. What exactly does that accomplish, beside a small wave of FUD over Twitter's security?

Denis W said,
Definitely appears to be a mad spammer releasing the passwords to their garbage accounts. What exactly does that accomplish, beside a small wave of FUD over Twitter's security?

Well, it got Twitter to deactivate these accounts for the time being. Maybe this guy just had had enough of the spam? LOL

Andrew Lyle said,
They said the majority, if not all, of these accounts were spam accounts.

John Abou Jaoudeh, that slimy little bugger!

Not on there, but even if I was I wouldn't give a ****. I use roboform so my twitter password is some random gibberish thing that is not the same as any of my other site passwords.

I'm not on the list. Having your credentials published publicly is like a reverse lottery. Whoever wins, is the loser.

Simon- said,
I'm not on the list. Having your credentials published publicly is like a reverse lottery. Whoever wins, is the loser.
Me neither. Im a little bit sad to be honest

Just so you know, it is an anonymous hacker. As in unknown anonymous. Not the loose 4chan-originated Anonymous community. So please don't start whining about Anonymous. Thank you for your patience.

Ontopic now, most of the accounts in the list look like randomly generated fake porn accounts that send you completely irrelevant tweets and link to some nasty slut page on their profile.

Ambroos said,
Just so you know, it is an anonymous hacker. As in unknown anonymous. Not the loose 4chan-originated Anonymous community. So please don't start whining about Anonymous. Thank you for your patience.

Ontopic now, most of the accounts in the list look like randomly generated fake porn accounts that send you completely irrelevant tweets and link to some nasty slut page on their profile.

Maybe this hacker was as ****ed off as I am having to unfollow these fake accounts... we should be thanking them lol, 55,000 accounts in one sweep that have been suspended, probs more than twitter would have initially ever imagined doing!

team_NOOB said,

Huh?


People usually don't have patience to read through the first two or three sentences anymore. Attention span isn't what it used to be!

Northgrove said,

People usually don't have patience to read through the first two or three sentences anymore. Attention span isn't what it used to be!

Thanks for the completely random made up fact.

Northgrove said,

People usually don't have patience to read through the first two or three sentences anymore. Attention span isn't what it used to be!

Are you getting older too, my friend? This applies to me, I'm 29. I don't even remember when was the last time I finished reading an article. At my spare time I concentrate on very fewer things than before. Also, I concentrate mostly at the first users' comments. New tactic which usually reveals if worth concentrating.

Edited by PC EliTiST, May 9 2012, 12:39pm :

Ambroos said,
Just so you know, it is an anonymous hacker. As in unknown anonymous. Not the loose 4chan-originated Anonymous community. So please don't start whining about Anonymous. Thank you for your patience.

Ontopic now, most of the accounts in the list look like randomly generated fake porn accounts that send you completely irrelevant tweets and link to some nasty slut page on their profile.

These spam accounts are really getting ridiculous. I wish they could combat them a bit better honestly.

Ambroos said,
Just so you know, it is an anonymous hacker. As in unknown anonymous. Not the loose 4chan-originated Anonymous community. So please don't start whining about Anonymous. Thank you for your patience.

Are you saying your group isn't responsible?

Northgrove said,

People usually don't have patience to read through the first two or three sentences anymore. Attention span isn't what it used to be!

Holy crap, he's right! I only read the first line of his reply.