Mil­lions of stolen Twit­ter lo­gins put on sale

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA—More than 32 mil­lion Twit­ter lo­gin names and pass­words are re­port­edly be­ing of­fered for sale on­line.

A hacker us­ing the name Tessa88 is ask­ing for 10 bit­coins (£4,000) from any­one that wants to copy the list.

It is not yet clear whether the list is gen­uine or how it has been com­piled. Some re­ports sug­gest it brings to­gether data stolen from users by mal­ware.

In a state­ment, Twit­ter said it was “con­fi­dent” that the data did not emerge from a breach of its net­work.

In­for­ma­tion about the list emerged in a blog en­try on the web­site of a com­pany called Leaked Source, which has built a data­base of lo­gin data that has been stolen or leaked.

It said the dataset shared with it by Tessa88 con­tained 32,888,300 records - each one of which listed an email ad­dress, user­name and pass­word.

“We have very strong ev­i­dence that Twit­ter was not hacked, rather the con­sumer was,” said the com­pany in its blog.

This has been taken to mean that the list has been com­piled us­ing data stolen by a virus that re­turned it to who­ever ran the cam­paign to in­fect peo­ple.

Anal­y­sis of in­for­ma­tion sup­plied dataset sug­gested it had been gath­ered said Leaked Source.

Other in­for­ma­tion, such as a break­down of where most vic­tims live, provided fur­ther ev­i­dence that it had not come from Twit­ter, it added.

Leaked Source said it had taken steps to ver­ify a small num­ber of the email ac­counts and pass­words in the list were gen­uine. ZDNet said two staff mem­bers found on the list ver­i­fied that the pass­word listed next to their name was ac­cu­rate but one other staffer said their de­tails were in­cor­rect.—Agen­cies with the this way,

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