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Twitter Says Over 250,000 Accounts May Have Been Hacked

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EB sits in his cave staring at Twitter, too embarrassed to show his addict face to the world. (Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — In the latest online attack, Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.

In a blog posting Friday, Twitter says it detected attempts this week to gain access to its user data. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.

But it discovered that the attackers may have gained access to usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users. Twitter has reset the pilfered passwords and sent users email advising them that they’ll have to create a new one.

Twitter noted a recent uptick in breaches at U.S. media and technology companies. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported this week that their computer systems had been infiltrated by China-based hackers.

Pew Research Center studies found that some 15 percent of online adults used Twitter as of February 2012, and 8 percent do so on a typical day. At the same time, the proportion of online adults who use Twitter on a typical day has doubled since May 2011 and has quadrupled since late 2010—at that point just 2 percent of online adults used Twitter on a typical day.

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