Twitter Confirms Hacker Gained Access
Officials at Twitter confirmed media reports that a hacker gained administrative access to the service and used it to view details of multiple accounts. It is the second time this year an attacker has gained administrative access by obtaining a Twitter employee's password, and follows a wave of worm attacks against the service a few weeks ago.Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has confirmed a hacker was able to breach security at the microblogging service, marking the second time this year an attacker gained administrative access via an employee's account. According to Stone, an attacker gained unauthorized access to Twitter this week and viewed 10 individual accounts. Twitter's initial security review found that no account information was altered or removed. No password information was revealed or altered for any of the accounts, nor were any personal messages viewed.
"Personal information that may have been viewed on these 10 individual accounts includes email address, mobile phone number (if one was associated with the account), and the list of accounts blocked by that user," Stone blogged. "We have personally contacted Twitter users whose accounts were compromised via this unauthorized access."