Go Change Your Twitter Password Now

By Sidney Fussell on at

You need to change your Twitter password.

Due to a “bug” in its system, some 330 million Twitter users’ passwords may have been temporarily exposed, CTO Parag Agrawal announced on the official Twitter blog Thursday afternoon.

Twitter says it corrected the error in its system, which left passwords viewable in plaintext rather than properly scrambled, but it is still urging all users to change their password.

Agrawal explained the snafu in the blog post, writing that although Twitter protocol is to use hashing to mask passwords, a “bug” caused users’ to be “written to an internal log before completing the hashing process.” This internal log is not encrypted, and the data, unprotected by hashing, was temporarily exposed.

Bottom line: Go change your password. Now.