Was Twitter hacked last week?

// November 11th, 2012 // Hacking and Security

Benghazi Libya attack image that appeared on TwitterTwitter had a rough week. First they sent out hundreds (thousands?) of emails to users requesting they change their Twitter password. First word was that the deluge of password reset emails was an accident on Twitter’s part. Then word leaked that the password reset was required because of a hack against Twitter. Twitter would not confirm nor deny the report.

This was followed with another odd occurrence on Twitter – a bloody image relating to the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, began replacing all graphics in some users’ Twitter feeds – including some reported users who received “password reset” email from Twitter. The image included the names of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack, as well as a simulated American flag, made from the Obama campaign logo and five bloody lines protruding from a drawing of what appears to be the hand of a fallen American.

Coincidence? Maybe. It is possible that Twitter accidentally sent out password reset email and that a bug caused a political image to appear in thousands of random tweets. On the other hand, Twitter is not providing much detail on either incident which is certainly indicative of a hack that they have yet to find an answer for.

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