Twitter hacked, personal documents leak

Twitter has once again come under attack from hackers, only this time instead of posting fake twits by celebrities, the hackers made off with over 300 personal and confidential documents. Some of these documents include credit card numbers, PayPal accounts, confidentiality agreements with companies such as AOL, Dell, Ericsson and Nokia, and some other documents include security key codes into the office building.

The hacker or hackers have made the documents relatively easy to obtain through public Internet sources. Inside some of the documents mention partner discussions with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft for the last few months, including the Xbox360 dashboard update to include Twitter and Facebook, which was previously announced at E3.

From the documents recovered, analysts mention that Twitter has thoroughly planned and predicted its future in the market, including being the first web site with a billion users and discussions of "How could Facebook kill us?", where a possible buyout of the web site from Facebook could take place, as Facebook has shown steady profits and user base increase over the last year, now with well over 250 million users.

Discussions about the Twitter TV show also came up in the confidential documents, where analysts predict a failure of the show if one came about, but Twitter decided it needed to post a blog entry to "kill the story that 'twitter is coming out with a TV show.'"

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Can everyone actually read the article properly! The only person who is speaking sense is "gigapixels" but no one seems to be listening to him/her.

This has got NOTHING to do with members accounts! For a start when you sign up with Twitter you dont even credit card details.

If for some reason you do enter things like your credit card number your asking for trouble and don't deserve to be on the Internet.

Didn't you know the Internet is not about reading comprehension? It is about being able to read half of a story/blog post and then comment about it all over like you are some sort of intarnetz genius making comments like "wow, who stores Ccz on the cloud?!" I like your comment though asy1mpo.

I myself wondered why no one took the time to read what gigapixels had to say, or use their own common sense for that matter.

Facebook has many, many good uses. Twitter... well... doesn't?
The only good thing about Twitter for me is reading what bands/musicians are up to, they post stuff regarding new albums and shizz- and that's brilliant!

Instead of bashing Twitter, read into it and try it yourself. I used to blindly hate Facebook but eventually I used it. The same thing goes for Twitter. I used to make jokes like "Taking a dump." and "Wiping my butt." all the time. But guess what, I tried Twitter for myself and I found it both useful and enjoyable.

As for this whole fiasco, the documents that were stolen belonged to Twitter staff. It's a shame and hopefully it won't happen again.

If you love and/or hate Facebook, Twitter or another service then its just as personal matter. but when people says that they can't live without facebook.. :-/

Ahhh, I cannot stand twitter, let alone twittering. I could care less what some a hole is doing. Face book on the other hand can come in nice if someone is trying to organize a event with friends abroad.

Just my thoughts...

bobbytunda said,
I dont see how you would want to store credit card info on those sites, my God!

The average person thinks it will never happen to them, that only other people get hacked.

Then again, it's not difficult to replace stolen CC's anymore. If it gets stolen once in a while you don't get penalized.

These are obviously documents with information about the staff at Twitter, not the members. There's no place to put your credit card information or anything like that.

Twitter the company had one of their Google Apps accounts hacked and the documents were stolen. Twitter the service was NOT hacked.

I don't understand why so many here support the hackers. The hackers are low life scum. There is no excuse for stealing peoples private and credit card info, and posting them for others to take. And no, I don't use twitter either, but it doesn't matter either way. Hopefully they will be caught and locked up from society.

Well I don't support them, but at the same time if your sharing your personal information over Twitter I don't really feel sorry for you either.

Hopefully they will be caught and locked up from society.

No, they should be appointed for serving in the kind of work they are good at.

They got brains; It's rather senseless to put brains away.

TC17 said,
I don't understand why so many here support the hackers. The hackers are low life scum.

I don't understand why it surprises you.

There are frontpage news stories about people downloading Windows 7 builds via torrent sites (obviously not an official channel), and people who modify their subsidized iPhones to work on other carriers and run unauthorized software.

Makes sense.

Twitter Staff: "Let's leak a **** load of information and people's credit cards, paypals, etc." "Yes, this will give us even more traffic!".

Honestly....

This is been going on for days and while they are getting publicity from it, know that TC is only releasing a VERY SMALL PORTION of the docs. There are a ton more which from what has been floating around contain employee information, vendors, contacts, and tons of other personal data.

This is what I'm wondering. My only guess could be that they actually posted the details privately to people or something? Even then, over Twitter? Seriously?!

I don't know. This doesn't really make a lick of sense if you ask me.

I'm in total agreement with you both. I have a Twitter and FB account, but I don't have anything on there that I wouldn't want anyone else to get a hold of. As far as I know, you can't buy or sell anything with a credit card on Twitter or Facebook, but maybe I'm wrong. I know that I haven't put any credit card numbers, or confidential documents on either site.

sweetsam said,
Here is another reason you are better off not using any of this social crap.

I could not agree more, thank god I don't have an account with Twitter crap.

i have an account on both Twitter and Facebook, but both with zero personally identifiable information about myself lol ... i think i'm doing it wrong.
i use twitter to have a few conversations and keep up with the news, thats about it

a note though, twitter got hacked because you have these so called 'savvy' web 2.0 hipsters running the show, who are more concerned about their 'celebrity' and the next party than doing a good job with a site, seems to be a trend itself lately...

twitter, an interactive graphical RSS feed, thats all it is, nothing greatly innovative

sweetsam said,
Here is another reason you are better off not using any of this social crap.


This.

Twitter's/Facebook's/MySpace's/etc privacy statements ain't worth a crap if the security can be breached.

sweetsam said,
Here is another reason you are better off not using any of this social crap.
If you keep it between friends it's not all that bad. I just recently filled out the FB account I made years and years ago and it's cool being in the loop. As long as you're not a dumb ass and post anything incriminating I don't see a problem with it.

My profile has a few pictures of my dog, boat, food, and my wife and that is IT. I don't let people tag me in photos that aren't to my likeing (drinking, being an idiot, etc).

I can see the point to FB, but honestly while I use twitter, I basically use it as an rss client as 999/1000 I use it to keep up on news and that is it.

sweetsam said,
Here is another reason you are better off not using any of this social crap.

Kind of outweighed by the advantages of being able to upload photos for friends, keep in contact with old friends and being able to chat/arrange with your current friends. And also they're just fun to have ^^

So I'll take the small risk of my information possibily being hacked (which can happen on any site, social networking or not). Keep in mind, most of the information that has been stolen was to do with Facebook themselves, not the users. And even in cases where users files do get hacked, what are the hackers going to find out? What you think of your mate's new car? Where you are meeting friends next week? Yup, I'm fine with that...

Maybe you're just the boriing old man type, the type who loves to complain about these completely pointless social networking things, but they do have a very real use and a very good use at that.

The Stylish Hobo said,
Kind of outweighed by the advantages of being able to upload photos for friends, keep in contact with old friends and being able to chat/arrange with your current friends. And also they're just fun to have ^^

The thing is, you can do that all without "social networking." People seem to have forgotten what email is. No, social networking is NOT about keeping in touch, it's about showing off in public. And for the spammers and celebs, it's just another channel for advertizing.

Social networking sites make it far easier. People like to have one website, where they can find their friends and keep in touch, share photos etc.

Can you imagine I want to talk to a few people I just met at a party. I can either just search their names in Facebook, or... I can note down all their email address and chat to them through an email client later. I know which one I would choose.

And if someone I know wants to share their photos, they could either use email and send the files to each person whether or not they wanted them, or they could just upload them to Facebook and people can look at them when/if they want.

And you can do quizzes and games together on social networking sites. Even if the cynical ***** say "lol, quizzes and games, what kind of people enjoy games!", it's good fun.

I hope that shows to you some of the major points which show that social networking sites are more feasible than... welll... email >_>

Yeah. Totally don't have fun with your friends because some people can discover your name! And your address! And your phone number!

I'm sure it's the aliens!

sweetsam said,
Here is another reason you are better off not using any of this social crap.

Now why would someone post their paypal info with twitter? Need a better explation why some nut would have their paypal info. As for staying away from twitter because someone might steal your sh** from them.. Social or not social... if your online a hacker will screw you. I found that out when someone hacked batteries.com and they sent a letter 3 months after the fact and this time it hit my pocketbook with a $280 plane ticket. (I didn't have that money so for 2 weeks I was $500 in the hole at the bank. As if I wanted to deal with interpol since it was a plane in britain. Nothing in life is without risk. Even going to an ATM might get u screwed. Thats the second time in the past decade someone stole my debit card number online. Starting to get used to it by now so I wasn't quite as panicked as I was a few years ago.