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Twitter password security bug underlines need for industry change

May 04, 2018 / Warwick Ashford

Twitter has revealed that a bug in its systems resulted in some passwords being stored in a log in clear text, underlining the need for alternative authentication methods, say industry commentators. Twitter has advised its users to change their passwords after discovering that a systems flaw had resulted in some passwords being written to an internal log before the encryption process was complete. “We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log,” the company told users. “We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.” Twitter has not revealed how many passwords were affected, but according to the BBC, the number is understood to be “substantial” and that they were exposed for “several months”. Twitter also reportedly discovered the bug a few weeks ago and has reported it to some regulators before deciding to go public and warn users. Although there is no know...